Most Fragrant Roses
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.
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 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.
Fragrant Yellow Rose?
The 1966 medal winner "Sutter's Gold" (Rosa "Sutter's Gold") is perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 6b and warmer. " The blooms are large with about 25 petals per rose, and the foliage is dark green. Like "Sutter's Gold," it produces about 25 petals per rose. The small bush doesn't exceed 3 feet in height and 2 feet in width, and is hardy in USDA zones 6b to 10b. With the thousands of rose cultivars in existence, a rose database can be helpful. The only yellow rose listed as "exceptionally fragrant" by EveryRose, for example, is the English shrub rose "Golden Celebration," (Rosa "AUSgold") an exceptionally large, double rose with medium-yellow petals. It is reliably hardy in USDA zones 6 and higher. "
- “The Rose Bible;" Rayford Clayton Reddell; 1998
- Texas A&M University: Breeding and Fragrance
- Garden Mob: ARS Most Fragrant
- American Rose Society: Flavors in Rose Fragrances
- Pacific Rose Society: Growing Fragrant Roses for the Home or Garden