Rosa rugosa is one of the easiest, most drought tolerant, disease resistant & low-maintenance roses you can grow in Seattle. It bears attractive flowers, foliage & fruits. The fruits are large & resemble tomatoes. Rosa rugosa doesn't often need pruning. The canes grow to a height of about 3 to 4 feet covered in numerous spines, not the thorns typical of many roses. Wear gloves when pruning. The highly fragrant flowers may be single or double in the standard rose colors of red, pink, white & yellow. Rosa rugosa 'Blanc Double de Coubert' is a popular white rose. Rosa rugosa has many common names including sea tomato & beach rose. The name I hear most frequently is rugosa rose. Rugosa means wrinkled, or rugose. Rosa rugosa is native to eastern Asia in China, Japan & Korea along the coast, often on sand dunes. It is considered an invasive species along the coasts of northern Europe & New England. But this shouldn't be a concern in an urban garden setting. As with all roses, grow this plant in full sun, in well drained soil. It blooms in July & August.
This blog was started in 2008 as Metropolitan Gardens to provide information about gardening in Seattle & the Pacific Northwest. Please feel free to use the basic gardening information & plant lists found by clicking on Gardening in Cascadia. I later expanded to include information about parks, community gardens & public gardens in the US, Canada, Europe & South Africa. These can be found by clicking on Parks P-Patches Public Gardens. Natural areas in the US & South Africa can be found by clicking on Nature. Many posts are based on photos taken while traveling. I compare everything I see to Seattle, my home. There are posts on Urban Landscape, which is primarily streetscape. Comments are welcome. Posts are scheduled on the 1st Friday of each month October-March & sometimes also on the 3rd Friday. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The city of Seattle rests between 2 bodies of water: Puget Sound & Lake Washington. Puget Sound is a substantial part of the Salish Sea & a very small part of the Pacific Ocean. The Salish Sea is set apart from the Pacific by the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington & Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. The dense, wet clouds of the Pacific Ocean travel as far as the Cascade Mountains, near the Salish Sea & not very far from the ocean. East of the Cascades lies the desert of the Columbia Basin. The moist, temperate climate of Seattle extends south to northern California & north to southeastern Alaska. The Pacific Northwest Coast from San Francisco Bay to Cook Inlet shares a flora dominated by evergreen coniferous forest. The central portion, west of the Cascade Mountains, is called Cascadia. The climate is cool & wet from fall to spring, warm & dry in summer. The Olympic Mountains block Seattle from much of the Pacific rainfall. Seattle is drier than the Atlantic coast of North America & northern Europe, cooler in summer & warmer in winter. It lies near the latitude of Paris & Quebec City.