The Garden Guide

Book: Colour schemes for the flower garden
Chapter: Chapter 17 Planting for winter colour

Rose bark colours

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Some of the garden Roses, both of the free-growing and bush kinds, have finely coloured bark that can be used in much the same way. They are specially good in broken ground, such as the banks of an old hollow cart-way converted to garden use, or the sloping debris of a quarry. Of the free kinds, the best coloured are Rosa ferruginea, whose leaves are red as well as the stem�it is the Rosa rubrifolia of nurseries�and the varieties of Boursault Roses, derived from Rosa alpina. As bushes for giving reddish colouring, Rosa lucida {Rosa pimpinellifolia var altaica} would be among the best.