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A Minimalist Approach to Growing Roses

By Porkpal
February 15, 2013

I have found that the secret to growing roses, with very little time and effort devoted to the process, is to choose the right roses.

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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Nov 12, 2015 8:35 AM CST
I like the way you think! After neglecting a couple of hybrid teas to death, I thought roses were too fussy. I recently planted a trio of David Austin shrub roses, though, and they are starting to take off! I chose them in part for their fragrance as well as for their toughness.

I like to shop for roses with my nose, but most of the roses sold in bloom are hybrid teas... :-(

Do you know if any of the Earthkind roses are fragrant?

Do you have favorites for fragrance among your Old Garden roses?


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porkpal
Nov 12, 2015 4:50 PM CST
Unfortunately I notice very little fragrance from most of my roses. I don't know whether it is our climate or my nose. Perhaps the strongest are Ducher, Duchesse de Brabant, La Marne, and Reve d'Or among the Earth Kind roses and Lafter, (which is actually a hybrid tea!) Honorine de Brabrant, Natchitoches Noisette, Archduc Charles, and Blush Noisette among the others. Many of the Earth Kind Roses are listed as fragrant so don't rule them out on my experience.
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Nov 12, 2015 5:20 PM CST
Thank you for the report!

My David Austin roses came from Chamblees, by way of Mamajack's. I don't know if you're closer enough to get up there, but good golly do they have a remarkable selection, and their fragrance descriptions seem pretty accurate... One of mine, Sophy Rose, was described as "fragrant" and was indeed less intense than the other two (Gertrude Jekyll and Sharifa Asma, both "old rose" scented), described as "VERY fragrant."

https://www.chambleeroses.com/order.php?id=488
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