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The Most Fragrant Roses for Your Garden

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Fill your garden with sweet scents and beautiful blooms with these amazingly fragrant roses.

Honey Perfume

This award-winning floribunda rose bears beautiful 4-inch-wide, strongly fragrant, apricot-yellow blooms that appear in clusters. It’s compact, too, and offers good resistance to powdery mildew and rose rust.

Size: To 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

Fragrant Plum

Noteworthy for its color (lavender blushing to smoky purple at the edges) and its sweet scent (rich and plum-like), ‘Fragrant Plum’ is a hybrid tea that bears almost perfectly shaped flowers that look stunning in a vase.

Size: To 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

Radiant Perfume

This grandiflora rose’s name says it all! The big, golden-yellow blooms bear a wonderfully intense citrus scent. Thanks to their long stems, the flowers are perfect for cutting and adding sunshine indoors.

Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

Zones: 5-9

Heritage

Another outstanding English rose, Heritage bears petal-filled soft-pink blooms that smell of sweet lemons. Many gardeners appreciate that it has fewer (at least than most roses) thorns on its canes and good disease resistance.

Size: To 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

Louise Odier

Bred in 1851, this vigorous old garden rose remains popular for its strength as a cut flower, use in the landscape (it makes a stunning hedge!), constant supply of summertime blooms, and intense sweet fragrance.

Size: To 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

Madame Plantier

Bred in 1835, this rose has withstood the test of time. One look (and sniff) at it and you’ll see why — the pure-white flowers are packed with petals and a sweet fragrance.

Size: To 6 feet tall and wide

Zones: 4-9

Fragrant Cloud

Your instincts are right if ‘America’ climbing rose reminds you of ‘Fragrant Cloud’; this selection is one of America’s parents. Like its offspring, it’s an award winner that offers a captivating fragrance in its big coral-red blooms. ‘Fragrant Cloud’, however, is a vigorous hybrid tea with a lot of flower power.

Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

Zones: 5-9

Autumn Damask

This old-fashioned, repeat-blooming rose has been grown since the 1500s — and its combination of beautiful pink flowers and intense fragrance keeps it popular today. Sometimes sold as the Four Seasons rose, it is a favorite of the perfume industry.

Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

Zones: 5-9

Double Delight

One of the most distinctive hybrid tea roses, ‘Double Delight’ bears creamy white flowers with rich, cherry-red edges that deepen as the flower ages, as well as a knock-your-socks-off fragrance. It’s one of the most dramatic and dependable roses in the garden.

Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

Zones: 3-9

Gertrude Jekyll

Most English roses are wonderfully fragrant, so it’s no surprise David Austin’s ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ made the list. This easy-growing stunner offers great disease resistance and wonderful medium-pink flowers on a vigorous plant.

Size: To 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

Just Joey

You can’t beat this hybrid tea rose’s rich, warm color – it’s a beautiful blend of rich apricot and glowing orange. While ‘Just Joey’ appeals to the eye, it’s really the way the rose appeals to your nose that makes it a garden favorite.

Size: To 4 feet tall and wide

Zones: 5-9

Madame Alfred Carriere

Another old-rose classic, this climbing rose was born in 1879 and features pink-blushed white flowers with a strong spicy-sweet scent. It bears a continuous supply of blooms and is perfect for clothing a wall or pergola (especially since it bears fewer thorns than most roses).

Size: To 16 feet tall and 9 feet wide

Zones: 6-9