Five fragrant roses

The rose marquee at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is a great place to find a new rose for your garden. Literally hundreds of roses are on display from the UK's best growers. Jean Vernon sniffed out five great fragrant roses to try in your garden.

Roses are a fabulous choice when it comes to adding scent and perfume to the garden. Once established rose plants are also a fantastic source of cut flowers for the house, or for bunches of flowers to give to friends or family as a gift. Here are five of my favourites from the Festival of Roses Marquee at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2015.

 

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Rose ‘Little Rambler’: Seale Nurseries

This versatile rose from Seale Nurseries has a generous flush of fragrant, blush pink roses mini roses through the summer to the first frosts. You can prune it and keep it compact, grow it as a hedge or train it up over walls or fences. It’s also perfect for growing in a pot. Grows up to around 2.1m (7ft).

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Rose ‘St Ethelburga’: Peter Beales Roses

This blushing pink modern shrub rose from Peter Beales Roses has an amazing fragrance and grows to about 1.2m (4ft). With an attractive old-fashioned rose style it is a prolific flowers and can be grown as a small climber against a fence or a wall.

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Rose ‘Gertrude Jekyll’: David Austin Roses

This deep pink English Rose from David Austin Roses is a classic medium shrub rose with excellent disease resistance and strong Old Rose scent. It is free flowering and very vigorous and grows to around 1.2m (4ft) or can be grown as a climber.

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Rose ‘Chandos Beauty’: Harkness Roses

The pale apricot pink flowers of this rose from Harkness Roses have a fabulous, rich scent and an soft inherent beauty. Easy to grow and has good disease resistance and flowers repeatedly over the summer. It’s a bush rose that grows to 1.2m (4ft).

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Rose ‘Souvenir Du Docteur Jamain’: Apuldram Roses

This stunning dark red rose from Apuldram Roses has a matching, rich scent. It can be grown as a shrub rose or as a small climber. It’s a repeat flowerer and a gorgeous addition to any border. Grows to 1.8m (6ft).

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