Nearly Wild Rose (Rosa x ‘Nearly Wild’)

Nearly Wild Rose

You may have seen pink-flowering, wild Roses growing along rural fence lines and in natural areas. Rose lovers know that Wild Roses have a truly hardy nature and feature delightfully fragrant flowers that develop into stunning rose hips in autumn. But, they can be a little rangy and freeform for use in modern landscapes. So let’s look at one of the best-cultivated varieties that have had a little help from horticulturists. Nearly Wild Rose (Rosa x ‘Nearly Wild’) gives you the chance to have a Rose variety that looks a little like a “species Rose” but still has the stellar qualities of a developed one!

Nearly Wild Floribunda Rose starts blooming in May and continues right into fall. The flower production is phenomenal. Each plant produces masses of single pink flowers that resemble wild Roses. You’ll love the apple-like fragrance! It’s a Floribunda, so the sweet pointed buds and rose-pink blooms are produced in clusters on new growth at the tips of the branches. Each 3-inch, single bloom features delightfully pink, 5-petaled blossoms with yellow stamens and a delicious, fresh fragrance.

Glossy, dark green foliage completes the picture, a perfect accent to the stunning blossoms. But the vibrant pink, cup-shaped flowers, and buds are held so profusely, that you may be hard-pressed to see any of the rich green foliage between all the blooms. With a nice rounded form and densely held branches, Nearly Wild Roses stay compact and elegant! There is nothing rangy about these beautiful plants. They’ll work in any garden style.

Nearly Wild Rose combines the best of both worlds. It gives you a “wild” look with a cultivated nature. Plant a Nearly Wild Rose and you’ll reap the benefits of a hardy, long-producing Rose with a very natural appearance. Just plant it and then let it grow and bloom its head off for you with only two quick trims a year.

This flower-making machine keeps pumping out flowers. If you leave the spent blooms on the shrub, you will be rewarded with a red-orange Rosehip display that is quite attractive during the winter months. As the season wears on, leave some of the spent blooms on the shrub. They will develop into an attractive display of rose hips for winter. Use these in your annual holiday décor! The songbirds that stay the winter will appreciate the tasty food source!

With a dense, shrub-like nature, Nearly Wild Rose is quite hardy overall. These rugged little plants are easy enough for even beginning gardeners. Butterflies adore single blooms because they are much easier to land on. You’ll see so many visit your garden when you include Nearly Wild Roses as a great nectar source!

Planting and Application:

Nearly Wild Roses are excellent for hedge plants in hot, sunny, and exposed areas with good air circulation. Its long-blooming nature, disease resistance, and versatility make it an outstanding choice for anything from a walkway hedge to a container planting on your front porch.

If your house faces south, try Nearly Wild Roses as a very modern foundation planting. Or, go big with a long flowering hedge lining your walkway. Give 3 feet between the sidewalk and the center of the plants to avoid snagging your guest’s clothes.

Repeat their use in all your planting beds to help create a unified, designer look. It couldn’t be any easier! For a fantastic low hedge, plant two feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. No one ever said a hedge had to be planted in a straight line either! Why not use Nearly Wild Roses in a meandering row that follows the contours of your landscape? They’ll put on quite a show, but everyone will leave it alone.

Roses have thorns, and these pretty shrubs can make a friendly fence to keep the neighbor’s dogs and kids corralled. It branches quite densely, which makes it a small and impenetrable barrier plant to direct traffic in your landscape.

Commercial landscapers love to use this plant in mass plantings, and so should you in your home garden. Use a zig-zagging staggered planting pattern to create a larger fill planting for a wide-open, sunny spot. Mulch between the plants and keep new plantings weeded until the Nearly Wild Roses grow together.

Nearly Wild Rose has a smaller size, fragrance and outstanding color show which also makes them perfect to include in a patio area planting. Don’t forget to use them as thrillers in large containers, as well as in the ground. They mix beautifully with other perennials and annuals! Use a pair flanking either side of your front door.

Nearly Wild makes a great facer shrub with tremendous flower power. Plant them on the sunny side of larger shrubs and trees. They are a wonderful, low contrast to evergreens and shrubs that tend to be a bit leggy with sparsely held foliage near the ground. Try them in your cutting gardens and as backdrops for garden borders.

As you can imagine, when you are able to purchase the largest container size we have in stock, you’ll enjoy a big head start. Go bigger whenever you can, and you’ll know that your plants have received a long time of expert care from our experienced plantsmen.

  • Fragrant Pink Single Blooms
  • Long-Lasting Reblooming Floribunda Rose
  • Dense Branching & Rounded Outline For a Formal Look
  • Showy Rose Hips All Winter Long
  • Versatile & Hardy Pretty Barrier Plant, Accent & Pollinator Gardens

Tips for Care:

Nearly Wild Rose is adaptable to most types of soils, as long as they are well-drained. If you see puddles long after a rain, bring in additional soil and heap it into a mound 18 – 24 inches high, and plant in that mound. Or, create a raised planting bed to improve drainage.

Be sure to baby new Rose plants in their first season. You’ll get the best results if you provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. However, Nearly Wild is tough enough to tolerate drought quite well once its root system is well established in your native soil, and demands little of your time. Go ahead and enjoy your vacation!

Use a fertilizer designed for Roses according to the directions. Please keep nitrogen-heavy lawn fertilizers away from Rose bushes, or you’ll wind up encouraging green foliage and see few blooms.

Mulch the soil for a polished presentation, and try to water only at the root level. You’ll want to keep the leaves dry as much as you can. A full sun position, where they receive lots of the drying power of the morning sun will help keep the foliage clean and nice.

Prune this Rose in early spring just as it starts to show signs of new growth. Cut all of the stems down to 6-8 inches or so to eliminate much of the old stems. Removing the dense and thorny old wood will allow fresh new growth to develop from the base. You’ll love how many new flowers are produced on new foliage. Refresh your Nearly Wild Rose with yearly hard pruning for the most floriferous display.

After the first, heavy round of blooms, you may want to deadhead the spent blooms either by shearing the plants for a more formal look, or you can simply prune back the flower stems just below the old blooms. The pruning will encourage the next round of blooms to quickly push and before you know it, it will be blooming again. You’ll quickly enjoy the next flush of beautiful flowers!

Even untrimmed, they feature a formal appearance because of the dense branching and even, rounded habit. The less pruning you do, the more Rosehips you and your songbirds will be able to enjoy! Find more about winterizing, and un-wintering your Roses in our Garden Blog, plus all the tips and tricks you need when pruning your new prize Rose bush!

  • Full Sun
  • Moist Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Regular Fertility & Watering
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Easy to Care For & Disease Resistant

A standout among Rose Trees, having a Miss Congeniality™ Rose Tree in your garden is an absolute must! The colors, character, and curious pollinators it will bring make it more than worth it!

Nearly Wild Rose (Rosa x ‘Nearly Wild’) Details

Common name Nearly Wild Rose
Botanical name Rosa x 'Nearly Wild'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 2 - 3 ft.
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Pink