Rose Wild Edric - David Austin Rose
Wild Edric is a tough, reliable and healthy rose which can be used to create a very attractive, scented boundary hedge.
The flowers start as attractively pointed, purple-pink buds. They gradually open to form large, semi-double flower of deep velvety pink with shades of purple and mauve, exposing a bunch of golden-yellow stamens that contrast with the colour of the petals.
The overall fragrance is strong and delicious but interestingly, with a little investigation, a marked difference between the fragrance of the petals and the stamens can be detected. The latter is pure clove, whereas the former is classic Old Rose with hints of watercress and cucumber.
Wild Edric was a Saxon Lord in Shropshire, who was said to have married a fairy Queen. He reproached her one day and she disappeared. Legend has it that his ghost is still be to seen searching for her in the hills.
4 ft. x 4 ft. (1.2 m x 1.2 m). A Wild Edric hedge will quickly become completely impenetrable, with the many prickly stems displaying gorgeous, textured foliage.
Plant 2 - 3 feet apart.