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What A genus of over 150 species of shrubs in the Rosaceae fam­ily. Fewer than ten of these species were in­volved in the cross­breed­ing that ul­ti­mately pro­duced to­day’s many thou­sands of gar­den roses.

Ori­gins Most rose species are na­tive to Asia, with smaller num­bers be­ing na­tive to North Amer­ica and a few to Europe and north­west Africa.

Sea­son In the UK roses are in flower from as early as April through to Novem­ber. Some roses start set­ting hips early in the sea­son, but these only start to show colour as the tem­per­a­tures be­gin to fall. The ear­li­est hips to show are usu­ally those of Rosa moysii. Size 30cm to 15m.

Con­di­tions Most gar­den roses pre­fer heavy soil with the ad­di­tion of well-rot­ted ma­nure or gar­den com­post. How­ever, with care­ful se­lec­tion of the species, you will find a rose suited to al­most any soil and con­di­tion.

Har­di­ness Al­most all roses are fully hardy, with a har­di­ness rat­ing of RHS H7 (hardy to below -20 º C), and are suit­able for gar­dens in USDA zones 4a-9b. How­ever some are only frost hardy. *Holds an Award of Gar­den Merit from the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety. † Har­di­ness rat­ings given where avail­able.

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