Fragrant Roses By Color

Posted in Fragrant Roses, Hybrid Tea Roses



I’m frequently asked to recommend my favorite fragrant roses. There’s something special about all roses, but add a delightful scent and you have a showstopper! Not much tops a beautiful rose in full bloom with a magnificent fragrance. A slice of heaven in the garden!

I intended to make a “top 10” list of my favorite roses with fragrance but discovered I was having a hard time narrowing it down. So I came up with my favorite “top 12” fragrant easy care roses and listed them by color. I’ll do my best to describe them here.


Mister Lincoln: An oldie but still a goodie and the bestselling red rose of all-time. This handsome rose has been standing proud in many gardens since it was first bred in 1964. One of the best red hybrid tea roses characterized by velvety red petals, classic form, and a very strong traditional rose fragrance.

Lasting Love: This red hybrid tea rose features unusual shimmering blooms and a powerful rose fragrance. Very large flowers (6″) are a dusky deep red with a deep pink glimmer. New growth is burgundy red. More vigorous than most other red hybrid tea roses.


Secret’s Out!: A pure white hybrid tea rose with cuplike 4″ – 6″ blossoms with a strong, spicy fragrance. A prolific bloomer throughout the season. Good disease resistance and makes great cut flowers.

Madame Hardy: This old fashioned garden rose bred in 1832 is a real photogenic charmer. It flowers only once per season, but the sheer abundance and heady (almost lemony) fragrance of the very double, pure white blooms more than compensate.


Falling in Love: This beautiful hybrid tea rose exhibits sturdy stems carrying large, classically formed blooms of warm pink with a cream reverse. The full flowers have a strong rosy fruit fragrance.

Elle: Combining a strong spicy, citrus fragrance with a high-centered classic rose bud. Elle is a hybrid tea that produces shell pink flowers with deep yellowish undertones. The dark glossy foliage contrasts nicely to the soft, non-fading flowers, and offers above average disease tolerance to mildew and blackspot.


Barbra Streisand: An avid rose lover, Barbra was very choosy when it came to picking a rose that would bear her name. She certainly chose well since this hybrid tea rose with large hardy lavender blossoms can nearly overpower you with its strong sweet ( rose & citrus blossom) scent. Vigorous grower and great for cutting.

Burgundy Iceberg: The Burgundy Iceberg floribunda rose is one hardy, exceptionally disease-resistant compact shrub with abundant blossoms. The purple-magenta blooms have a light to medium rose fragance. Looks super planted next to apricot colored flowers.


Sun Sprinkles: This bright yellow miniature rose has a pleasing spicy, musky scent. With excellent disease resistance, Sun Sprinkles is a great choice for limited space gardens or containers. The cheery flowers are long-lasting with glossy, dark-green foliage. Grows to about 2 ft. tall.

Sunsprite: A yellow floribunda rose, Sunsprite has bright yellow flower clusters that are intensely fragrant with a scent of licorice or spicy sweet. Another nice feature is the disease resistance of this rose. Yellow roses are generally not this hardy – this is a good and easy care floribunda.


Honey Perfume: This apricot floribunda definitely suits the name. Growing to about 3 1/2 feet high Honey Perfume exhibits a great spicy scent and very good resistance to disease, including rust and powdery mildew. Looks great by itself or planted as a low hedge.  Flowers soften to nearly white.

Tropicana: I love this rose! An award-winning long-stemmed hybrid tea rose with coral-orange classic blooms. Glossy, dark green foliage sets off the flowers. Strong, deliciously fruity fragrance. A real stand out in the rose garden. This is the complimented rose in my yard!

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It is thought that a connection may exist between fragrance and other rose attributes:

* Darker colored roses are generally more fragrant than lighter colored ones.

* The red and pink varieties are more closely associated with the classic rose scent.

* Heavily petaled roses usually have a stronger or more intense scent than those with fewer petals.

* Orange or coral roses are often associated with a fruity scent.

* The yellow and white rose aromas are often compared to the fragrance of violets and nasturtiums and lemony scents.


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