Common Name: Wild rose
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Sandy
Time to prune: September to November
The dog rose has one very attractive burst of lightly scented, usually flesh pink flowers (though they can be pinker or whitish) in summer. They are followed by a terrific show of bright red hips, any left hanging on eventually get taken by the birds. The stems are incredibly prickly, which is one very good reason why it's invariably grown in an informal mixed hedge, helping to keep out neighbour's pets and intruders. This species rose used to be grown by commercial breeders to provide the rootstock of ornamental roses.