With botanical roses or hip roses, growers refer to wild roses and roses with a botanical character. They are plants that have not been crossed and that are found in the wild. Well-known examples are the dune rose (Rosa pimpinellifolia), the dog rose (Rosa canina) and the eglantine (Rosa rubiginosa).
Botanical roses are loose, shrubby growers. The flowers are usually single with five petals. They are mainly spring or summer flowering plants. The height depends on the type of soil, sunlight, moisture and the location. Freestanding, they stay lower than when grown along an arch or trellis.
Wild roses have many advantages: they are extremely strong, do well on almost any type of soil, often only need to be pruned once every five to eight years, and they have a natural appearance. They also grow in unfavorable, windy places where other plants can’t stand it and they are extremely hardy. In addition to all these advantages, they have one drawback: they often flower only once. They will bloom for a long time and profusely. When they have finished flowering, they form nicely shaped and colorful hips.