That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune”. Robert Burns.
“The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends”. Old Persian Proverb.
“This old world that we’re livin’ in
Is might hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every Rose
But – ain’t the roses sweet?” Frank Stanton
“At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage”. John Andrew Holmes.
“Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose”. – Turkish Proverb.
“And since what comes to-morrow who can say?
Live, pluck the roses of the world to-day”.
Pierre de Ronsard. Poet and Gardener. 1524 – 1585.
“A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring”. William Cullen Bryant.
“I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice”. Roland A. Browne.
“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying”. Robert Herrick. 1592 – 1674.
“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted”. Henri Matisse 1869 – 1954.
“Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet”. Katharine Lee Bates.
“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
Fragrant Roses Are The Icing On The Cake.
Girl Amongst The Fragrant Roses.
Lose Yourself In The Fragrance.
About Fragrant Roses:
“Roses have one of the most complex, widely ranging perfumes of all flowers. The weather conditions on the day before the rose opens, the age of the flower, the season and even the time of day all influence the fragrance of an individual bloom”. (David Austin)
The very best Fragrant Roses, just like the very best ?Disease Resistant Roses,? are the Award Winners. These highly fragrant roses have won awards not just for Fragrance, but also for other qualities such as disease resistance, shape, colour, size, length of flowering period and hardiness. All of the Fragrant Roses on this page are the winners of the John Gamble Fragrance Award from 1961 to 2013. They are listed in order of the date of the Award.
This Award is not given every year; it is only when an especially Fragrant Rose comes along and meets all of the stringent requirements that the Award is given to the rose breeder. So if you are searching for that special rose with amazing perfume for your garden, you can’t go wrong with one of these beauties. The Award is given by the American Rose Society and is also known as the ‘ARS James Alexander Gamble Rose Fragrance Award’.
If you are looking for the most highly fragrant roses for your garden, be sure to check the information provided by your local or online nursery. Descriptions of roses – and plants in general – vary quite substantially. One seller may say the rose has high disease resistance whereas another may say ‘prone to mildew and black spot’. One may say it flowers from spring to summer, whereas another may say it flowers from spring to autumn. You can find these facts out online by visiting as many sites as possible, but you can guarantee that all of the roses on this page are among the most fragrant roses available today. Always do a bit of research first; one rose may do well in one climate zone, but may not perform as well in another.
If you would like to find out just what the various perfumes of roses smell like, this website will tell you a lot about them: Rose Fragrance.
Rosa Crimson Glory Kordes 1935
A dark red velvety rose with a strong Damask perfume. It is available as a shrub rose to 4 feet and also as a climber to over 6 feet. It flowers from spring to autumn and is hardy and vigorous; it is a repeat bloomer. The blossoms are double, and are up to 5 inches across. A lovely big rose. It is an excellent cut flower with long single stems. It likes full sun. Bred by Kordes in 1935, this highly fragrant rose has certainly been around for a while. Available as a Climber to 6 feet.
Duftrosengarten Rapperswil – Tiffany TH Lindqust 1954 2010-10-02 16-31-36
Tiffany. Hybrid Tea. 1962.
A mid-pink rose with gold at the base. It has the classic Hybrid Tea Rose shape, with pointy petals and straight sides. It is an excellent cut flower, having sparse foliage at the base of the plant which encourages good air circulation, and long upright stems. As with most Hybrid Tea Roses, the more you cut the blooms for the house, the more you get on the bush.
The perfume is strong and fruity and it is a repeat bloomer. It is disease resistant and hardy and likes full sun. The blooms are double, up to 5 inches across, and it will grow from 4 to 6 feet high. The flowering season is from mid-spring to summer. It was bred by Lindquist in 1954. The blooms just keep coming on this super fragrant rose. There is a climbing form, but it is hard to find … to about 6 feet.
Rosa Chrysler Imperial
This highly popular fragrant rose has dark red velvety blooms with a very strong Damask fragrance. Its bloom period is from late spring to autumn, and it blooms repeatedly. The blossoms are up to 5 inches across with up to 45 petals. It grows as a shrub rose to 4 feet and as a climber to 6 feet or more.
It is an excellent cut flower with the classic pointy petals of the hybrid tea roses. It has mid-green to dark green semi-glossy leaves which show off the red blooms nicely. It is hardy and likes full sun, but will tolerate some shade. It has good disease resistance and was bred by Lammerts in 1952. Available as a Climber to 6 feet.
Rapperswil – Duftrosengarten – Sutters Gold TH Swim 1950 2010-08-29 16-10-34
Sutter’s Gold. Small Hybrid Tea. 1966.
This beautiful intensely fragrant rose is ideal for a small space. It is a yellow rose flushed with orange to red, with a very strong, sweet fruity fragrance. It grows to a height of 3 feet or more and makes an excellent small hedge. The darkish green foliage really shows off the golden orange colour. The blooms are double, to 5 inches across and are produced continuously during the long flowering period. It was bred by Herbert Swim in 1950.
Granada (Donatella). Hybrid Tea. 1968.
Granada is a stunner, comparable with the Joseph’s Coat Rose. The perfume is an intense mix of Damask and Spice. The blooms are from 4 to 5 inches across, with 25 to 30 petals. It is available as a shrub rose from 2 to 4 feet in height and as a climber to 6 feet (divine).
The foliage is dark green and it has excellent stems for cutting: the lightly ruffled blossoms are long-lasting in a vase. It will bloom continuously from early spring right through to autumn. An absolute must have fragrant rose for me. Bred by Linquist in 1963.
Fragrant Cloud. Hybrid Tea. 1970.
This highly fragrant rose is in the Modern Rose Hall of Fame. It’s perfume is a mix of Fruity (Citrus), Spice and Damask, making it one of the most popular roses ever. It grows as a shrub to 3 feet and a climber to 5 feet or more. The double blooms are an orange to pale crimson red from 5 inches to 7 inches across, with 25 to 35 petals, and the foliage is mid to dark green.