The Q&A Archives: Growing Roses

Question: .I would like to plant some roses now. I want them to bloom as soon as possible and be very fragrant. There is brick and wooden fencing that would make a great place for the roses as a trellis.

Answer: Both Floribundas and Hybrid Tea roses will bloom all summer long. The most fragrant include:
Double Delight, a hybrid tea rose with a long season of bloom, was an AARS winner back in 1977. The double blossoms have a rich, creamy white to pale pink center with deep, ruby edging. They have a bushy habit, growing to about 4-5 feet with a 2-3 foot spread. Double Delight shows good disease resistance, although less so in wet weather, which also does in the blossoms. Expect a sweet, spicy scent.

Midas Touch won its AARS prize back in 1994 and can be found in many gardens today. It shines with golden yellow 4 inch blossoms on an upright 5 foot plant. Midas Touch is yet another hybrid tea beauty with a warm, musky scent.

Mr. Lincoln. It's hard to believe Mr. Lincoln won his AARS distinction back in 1965. The velvety, deep red hybrid tea is still one of the most popularly grown garden roses.
Beautiful as well as strongly scented, Mr. Lincoln's blossoms are held are stiff, upright stems. The bushes can be expected to grow 4-5 feet tall and about 2 feet across.

Sheer Bliss is a delicate, pale pink hybrid tea. While it needs a bit of winter protection, its delicate beauty, and mild, but sweet fragrance and repeat blooming habit make it a standout favorite. The large flowers bloom on long stems, perfect for cutting.

You may find other roses in your local garden center.

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