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Most Fragrant Roses

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017

Not many things are more disappointing than to grab a bouquet of roses, bury your nose in them and smell nothing. Roses are supposed to be fragrant, at least to many people. Researchers at Texas A&M University claim that, although in all over two dozen types of rose scents exist, there are seven basic scents: rose, nasturtium, orris, violet, apple, lemon and clover. Several particularly highly-scented roses exist that you may want to consider.

Captain Harry Stebbings

Captain Harry Stebbings is a hybrid tea cultivar. The flower is a very deep pink, also known as cerise. This is a highly fragrant rose, easy to grow and disease resistant. Captain Harry Stebbings is hardy to USDA zones 6a to 10b.

Fragrant Cloud

Another hybrid tea cultivar, Fragrant Cloud, has an almost citrus scent. The American Rose Society claims it to be one of the most fragrant roses ever. The flower is a deep, dark coral. The color will deepen in cooler temperatures. Fragrant Cloud roses are hardy to USDA zones 4 to 9.

Mr. Lincoln

Mr. Lincoln is the classic rose: long-stemmed and deep red with an incredible fragrance. This is another-disease resistant plant that can grow to 4 to 6 feet in height. Mr. Lincoln does best in warm weather and is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 11.


About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.