ROSERAIE DE L’HAY – Old-Fashioned Rugosa hybrid of amazing charm and beauty combined with tough reliability


Bred by Cochet-Cochet, France, 1901 produces masses of large double flowers of crimson-red to rosy magenta in a cluster or muddled petals.

Roseraie de l’Hay has a very intense old-rose fragrance and the bush retains a lovely urn shape without any maintenance. The shrub grows to around 1.8 metres tall and 1.2 metres wide and is deserving of being planted in great rose hedge-rows as it will withstand everything Nature throws at it and you will never see a bit of disease on the tough, leathery, typically Rugosa foliage.

The Rugosa rose has soft burrs for thorns which smother the stems – these burrs can keep feral animals from invading the plant and you will therefore see Rugosa roses growing in once inhabited areas, the rose having withstood the test of time!

  • Extremely hardy tall shrub
  • Suitable for rose hedge-row planting
  • Intense old-rose fragrance
  • Muddled double blooms of rosy magenta


The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:

WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.

FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.

PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.

MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.

4 Replies to “ROSERAIE DE L’HAY – Old-Fashioned Rugosa hybrid of amazing charm and beauty combined with tough reliability”

  1. Do the ROSERAIE DE L’HAY have a single, repeat or continuous flowering peeiod? I love the fragrance but would like regular flowering.

    1. Yes, in fact, I think ROSERAIE DE L’HAY is one of the very best rugosa roses … except you don’t get big fat rose hips! In every other way though, it’s a wonderful rose indeed … no, I don’t have any in stock at this time but would be happy to supply next winter … cheers – Diana

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