This flowering shrub can attract pollinators and add privacy to your yard

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A member of the rose family, the Carolina rose is a shrub that’s not nearly as fussy as its hybrid cousins. The attractive flowers, pink petals with a yellow center, bloom through most of the summer and emit a pleasant rose-lemon fragrance. It prefers a sunny spot but will live with some shade. Plant several shrubs in a row to create a living hedge — literally a wall of flowers with prickly stems and deep, green leaves that block the view but allows air and light to flow through.

The prairie rose will grow to a height of 3 feet or more and create a dense hedgerow that attracts birds and butterflies, and also provides nesting material for bees. The shrub is particularly enticing to blackbirds and thrushes, as well as cottontail rabbits and chipmunks that will all eat the rose hips. However, the plant is deer resistant. In case you’d like to taste one yourself, the hips of the Carolina rose are high in vitamin C and can be used to make jelly or tea.

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