What: In a nutshell, Rosa “Hansa” is tough as nails. It is fragrant, long blooming, drought tolerant and produces great hips. It may be a selection of Rosa rugosa, or it may be a hybrid, but it shows that species preference for full sun and sandy soils. The flowers of this deciduous shrub are double, highly scented and vibrant reddish-purple in color. They are produced on a medium-sized plant with dark green foliage. Introduced in Holland in 1905 by Schaum and Van Tol, this reliable, easy-care plant has stood the test of time. Use it as a specimen, barrier or hedge.
Where: This tough shrub rose thrives in well-drained or sandy soil. Avoid clay or water-logged sites.
Size: The double pink old-fashioned rose grows to be 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide when mature.
Care: Once established it is drought tolerant. It requires full sun to grow its best and has excellent disease resistance. It is tolerant of salt spray and wind. No pruning is needed to maintain the compact form. Do not deadhead, the rose hips can be quite attractive in the late summer and fall.
— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Pick