Answer: Rosa rugosa, sometimes called Carpet Rose, is probably the best choice for the site you describe. All rugosa's are extremely tough and hardy, withstanding hard freezes, wind, and droughty conditions. They are often planted on hillsides to prevent erosion. The foliage is relatively free of insects and diseases. Some of the most widely planted rugosa hybrids include 'Frau Dagmar Hartopp', a single pink; 'Hansa', a double purplish red; 'Will Alderman', a double pink; and 'Grootendorst Supreme' with double flowers that are deeply fringed, resembling carnations.
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