Friday, October 12, 2012


Out of the multitude of roses in my garden, these roses are noted for their fabulous fragrance. The   scents that are most often found in roses include lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth, nasturtium, violet, marigold, geranium, apple, orange, lemon, and raspberry. Some of the other scents are fern or moss, bay anise, linseed oil, orris, wine, quince, peppers, parsley, and clover.

If you have a small garden, you should consider planting only fragrant roses.  When people see a rose, the first instinct is to put their nose on it and often they are disappointed not to smell their fragrance.  So to win friends and encourage them to grow roses, set a good example and plant only fragrant roses.   

1.    Scentimental - This spicy scented floribunda was the first striped rose to win the AARS award. With burgundy and creamy white stripes, Scentimental hardly needs its wonderful fragrance to attract attention, but that's what made it an award winner in 1997. I had two in front of my old house and I planted two at my new home also.
2.    Fragrant Cloud rose has extremely fragrant blooms and constantly winning at rose shows across the country for its fragrance.  The flowers are an unusual coral-red maturing to geranium red with 30 petals and exhibition-style blooms.  The high-centered blooms are borne mostly singly, averaging 5” in diameter on a vigorous upright plant of 3-5 ft in height and 2 ft in width.  The large foliage is a rich, glossy dark green on a vigorous bush that is very prolific.  I had Fragrant Cloud rose in my first garden in the early ‘70s and then again it was one of the first roses that were planted when we bought our next home in the ‘80s.  After 30 years, it was still there when we left.
3.     Double Delight - A hybrid tea rose with a long season of blooms, was an AARS winner back in 1977.  It is creamy white turning to strawberry red.  They have a bushy habit, growing to about 4-5 feet with a 2-3 foot spread.  Double Delight shows good disease resistance, although less so in wet weather, which also does in the blossoms. It has a sweet, spicy scent.
4.    Fourth of July – This semi-double, gorgeous ruffled petals climber looks like a burst of fireworks when in bloom. It has long, pointed buds and 3" and 4" blooms with vibrant striped red and white petals and glossy, dark green foliage. It is a vigorous plant and can grow 10 to 14 ft. high. It is the first climber to be honored as a 1999 All-America Selection winner for a long time. It has strong apple fragrance, a very refreshing scent. Color is dramatic. It is a stunning plant, a real traffic stopper. It is an excellent repeat blooming rose with sensational flowers all season long.
5.     Mister Lincoln – Mister Lincoln was an AARS selection winner for 1965. Other red roses come and go but Mister Lincoln with its velvety, deep red hybrid tea is still one of the most popularly grown garden roses.  It is still also one of the top rated rose on the exhibition table.  Beautiful as well as strongly scented with damask fragrance, Mr. Lincoln's blossoms which measure up to 6-inch double blooms (40-55 petals) are held are stiff, upright stems. The bushes can be expected to grow 4-5 feet tall and about 2 feet across. 
6.     The McCartney Rose - This heavily scented rose was originally named for Paul McCartney of “The Beatles” but Paul wanted it to be named in honor of his entire family whose favourite flower is the Rose.  The bloom is a very deep pink, starts high centered and then cupped as they mature.  The blooms repeat very well all through the summer and into autumn. Its petal count is about 40.  It has very dark, large and glossy leaves.  It is a very vigorous plant and tall - reaching about 6-7 ft.  If left untamed, it will encroach on the neighboring plant - the canes will grow sideways.  The best place to grow it is in the corner of a bed where it can have more elbow room.  It has a strong fragrance and has garnered so many awards.
7.    Sheer Bliss is a delicate, pale pink hybrid tea. While it needs a bit of winter protection, its delicate beauty, and mild, but sweet fragrance and repeat blooming habit make it a standout favorite. The large flowers bloom on long stems, perfect for cutting. It can get very tall so plant it in back of your border.
8.    Rose de Rescht - This compact Portland rose is a very reliable rebloomer.  It gives a big flush of tightly-formed rosette blooms in spring, pompon like and if you keep on deadheading it just keeps on blooming.  Fragrance is very strong.  Buds open in fuchsia-red color and fade into light lilac.  Rose de Rescht will tolerate some shade.  The only disease I find is rust but all I do is prune the stems that are affected and new healthy shoots appear.  Parentage is obscure, possibly Persian and discovery date is unknown but its recurring blooming qualities coupled with those old fashioned traits and its strong fragrance entitle this rose a place in any garden, large or small.
9.    Othello – This David Austin Rose, named after Shakespeare’s play, has a very strong Old Rose fragrance.  It is a vigorous tall plant loaded with dark crimson blooms of many petals.  Blooms are huge, cup-shaped form with dark foliage and plenty of thorns.  I had two in front of the house and it attracted quite a bit of attention from passers-by. It repeats very well and great for both garden and exhibition table.
10.  Blush Noisette – is an original American Rose.  It belongs to a group called Noisette whose origin began in Charleston, South Carolina.  It has a soft pinkish white blooms and it has a very sweet fragrance.  It is very disease resistant and always looking healthy. 

Roses are not that hard to grow contrary to popular belief if you know what they need. Why do you think Roses have been around for millions of years?  All they need are food, water and sunlight.  Just like you and me.  

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