The Best Smelling Climbing Roses

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The Best Smelling Climbing Roses
Some varieties of climbing roses are intensely fragrant. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Adding a fragrant climbing rose plant near a patio or porch can perfume the area and create a relaxing atmosphere. The blossoms are visually appealing, as well, and are available in a range of colours. Many varieties of fragrant climbing roses bloom continuously, providing a sensory delight throughout the season.

Fourth of July

Considered one of the most beautiful of all the striped roses, Fourth of July climbing rose frequently makes it onto the lists of most fragrant roses because of its exceptionally spicy, sweet apple-like scent. Notable for winning the All-American Rose Selection in 1999, Fourth of July blooms with large, semi-double blossoms that are scarlet red, striped with white. It grows to a height of 8 to 10 feet and does well in USDA zones 5 to 10.

American Beauty

Introduced in 1909, American Beauty has an intense damask rose fragrance. Its double blooms are a deep rose pink and are cupped. Although a once-blooming variety of rose, it is a prolific bloomer in the spring. American Beauty grows to a height of 12 to 15 feet, and does best in USDA Zone 4. It is a hardy climbing rose variety and has a high disease resistance.

Zepherine Drouhin

Zephirine Drouhin is a strongly scented climbing rose with a fruity, sweet, old-rose fragrance that fills the air. Introduced in 1868, Zepherine Drouhin grows to a height of 6 to 12 feet. Its blooms are cerise-pink, semi-double and open. It is a completely thornless rose plant and is well-suited for a wall, fence or trellis. It grows best in USDA zones 6 to 9.


Named the best fragrant climbing rose variety by the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society, sombreuil has a strong and distinctive tea rose fragrance. Its blossoms are white with blushes of pink and are double and flat. Sombreuil grows to a height of 8 to 12 feet and does best in USDA zones 7 to 9.

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