Magazine article Sunset

When Roses Are Hip

Magazine article Sunset

When Roses Are Hip

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Fall is the time to buy roses for their colorful fruits

Like a sunset at the end of a perfect day, rose hips wrap up the season with a blend of color and natural elegance that may surprise you. The best of these fruits, which range in size from the diameter of a pea to that of a cherry tomato, can compete with blooms for beauty. And they last longer, which endears them to florists and fall gardeners alike.

This month, when summer bloom is giving way to the hips, is the best time of year to search out the ones that will work best in your garden and your flower arrangements. Just scan our list and spend a little time scouting varieties in nurseries and public rose gardens. Many come on disease-resistant rose species; old-fashioned roses, most notably, produce the showiest hips, but a few hybrids have some great hips too. Here are some of our favorites.

Rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa) is also called "sea tomato" for its red, patio tomato--sized fruit. This rose heads our list because it often produces both hips and flowers at the same time on disease-resistant, low-maintenance shrubs. Some (like R. r. 'Scabrosa') have hips of different colors, from near chartreuse to tomato red, all at once; they represent different stages of maturity. The plants flower for most of the summer, so hip production is a long-term affair. Flowers are commonly in the white or purple-red range, but there are three yellow-flowered rugosas too. Most plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall. …

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