Rosa rugosa ‘Hansa’ (Tol 1905) – An old-fashioned but still popular rugosa rose with fully double crimson-purple flowers with a heavy spice fragrance. It repeat blooms throughout the summer over crinkled apple green foliage held on heavily-thorned stems. Produces large red hips that are appreciated by overwintering birds. Grows 4-5′ high by 4-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 3.
Rosa x ‘Jamie’ – This rugosa hybrid is a newer introduction with unusual mat green foliage with purple undertones. It has a dense growth habit and produces deep pink buds that open to fragrant purplish-pink double blooms that repeat. Rugosa roses are ideal for low maintenance gardens as they are both disease resistant and drought tolerant. Grows 3′ high by 4′ wide. Hardy to zone 4.
Rosa rugosa ‘Michel Trudeau’ (Dening 2009) – This chance seedling was discovered by Betsy and Robin Dening of Brentwood Bay Nurseries. It was named after the son of Pierre Trudeau who died in an avalanche in 1998. It features large semi-double flowers of deep pink with white streaks and a silvery-pink reverse. Repeat blooms and highly fragrant. Grows 4′ high by 3′ wide. Zone 2.
Rosa x ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ (Cochet-Cochet 1892) – This RHS Award of Garden merit winner is reputed to be a hybrid of the species Rosa rugosa and the tea rose ‘Sombreil’. It bears pure white fragrant semi-double blooms that repeat throughout the summer over leathery mid-green foliage. Occasionally produces large orange-red hips. Grows 4-7′ high by 3-5′ wide. Zone 2.
Rosa rugosa ‘Scabrosa’ (Harkness 1950) Another RHS Award of Garden Merit winner than many consider to be one of the best rugosa roses. It bears 4″ wide single blooms of magenta-pink (fragrant) throughout the summer into autumn. These are followed by large scarlet hips that look like little tomatoes and attract birds to the garden. Grows 4-6′ high by 5′ wide. Zone 2.