What Are the Most Fragrant Roses?

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    What Are the Most Fragrant Roses?

    “No other flower is as universally loved and grown or has a more illustrious history than the rose,” says the American Rose Society DK Ultimate Rose book. Narrowing down your choices to fragrant roses still leaves hundreds of options. Perhaps Mother Nature’s colour palette can help.

    The most popular, recognised flower of all time (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Faith Goble)

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    Red Roses

    The multi-award winning fragrant cloud has orange-red petals that offer an outstanding fragrance, according to The Ultimate Rose Book.

    Evoking passion and emotion, the red rose is powerful. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Randy)

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    Yellow Roses

    The sunsprite rose, says The Ultimate Rose Book, offers an intense fragrance. Climbing Lady Hillingdon has buttery bright colour and lovely smell.

    Yellow roses mean warmth, happiness and friendship. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Beverly)

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    Pink Roses

    America is a fragrant pink blossom known as a “All American Rose Selection Winner.” According to the American Rose Society DK, the fragrant cloud hybrid tea was America’s mother. Souvenir de Madame Leonie Viennot boasts azalea pink colour and smells as beautiful as a tea rose. Yet another option is the intense smelling, La France rose named back in 1867. Climbing Mademoiselle Cecile Brunner “grows 20-30 feet tall with profuse sweet-smelling, light pink blossoms,” says The Ultimate Rose Book.

    Roses provide tea, soup, rose hips and more. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of tinyfroglet)

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    White Roses

    Lamarque shows off it’s scents all year. According to Roseinfo.com, “It’s named for General Lamarque. It’s a cross between Blush Noisette and Parks Yellow Tea-scented China. A fine, vigorous climber, its flowers are of medium size, double in form, with white petals that have a touch of lemon yellow at the base.”

    Innocent and pure, white roses reflect young love. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Powi) (Per Ola Wiberg)

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    Thanks to fossil evidence, roses can be traced back 35 million years ago, says The University of Illinois Extension. Garden cultivation of roses began some 5,000 years ago, probably in China.

    Roses are sturdy but need six hours of daylight. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic)

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    There are three groups of roses says The Ultimate Rose Book: wild roses or species roses, old garden roses, which were established before 1867, and modern or hybrid roses. A hybrid is when two roses are cultivated to create a new breed.

    A hybrid, the Ferdinand Pichard rose (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of tinyfroglet)

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