So tough it will actually grow in just about any open situation, even in sand. Viciously thorny, it has two seasons of glory as it flowers its socks off for most of spring and summer, followed by the plumpest red rose-hips imaginable: apparently great in syrups and cordials although I have to admit trying this last year and it was sickly! (I’m not the greatest of chefs though so don’t take my world for it).
The magenta flowered variety is my favourite but also comes in purest white and a pretty blush-pink, all growing to around 2m. I’ve planted hundreds of these in Cornwall and found the most economical way is to start with bare root whips. They establish quickly if the ground is prepared properly and a good dose of muck added. They make pretty, wildlife-friendly hedges and are an effective security barrier: you wouldn’t want to go anywhere near those thorns unless you’re the unfortunate gardener who needs to prune them and luckily they need little attention β maybe just a quick hair cut in late winter to tidy up the tops and remove old hips.