By: Mary Ellen Ellis
Roses are beautiful and have been beloved by many, especially their wonderful aromas. Fragrant roses have been delighting people for millennia. While some varieties have notes of specific fruit, spices, and other flowers, all roses have a unique smell characteristic of this type of flower. If you’re looking for roses that smell good, try these particularly fragrant varieties.
Among the most popular of all flowering shrubs is the rose. People have been enjoying these flowers for thousands of years and changing them too. Selective breeding has led to thousands of varieties with different sizes, petal types, colors, and fragrances.
Not all roses have a fragrance; some have been bred simply for appearance. Here are some other interesting facts about great smelling roses:
Great smelling roses come in a range of colors and varieties. If you’re planting primarily for fragrance, try these potent varieties:
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by Matt Gibson
Everyone loves a nice aroma, and flowers are some of the best producers of pleasant fragrances in the world. So, what are the most fragrant flowers available to grow in your garden? To answer the question, we’ve put together a list of the top 27 flowering plants that emit the loveliest fragrances.
These sweet-smelling flowers will make you stop and breathe deeply in order to fully appreciate their enchanting aromas. A well-planned garden should entice all of the senses, and what better way to make your garden shine than to add in a handful or two of the 27 most fragrant flowers available to spruce up the smell of your garden getaway?
A low-growing perennial with a spicy vanilla aroma, dianthus flowers are often called “pinks” due to the fringed look of their petals, which appear to have been cut with pinking shears. Though dianthus is available in many different shades of pink, there are many varieties available, offering gardeners a wide color selection to choose from. Use dianthus for the edges of garden beds, or plant them in containers in a location that receives full sun exposure.
Pollinators will come from miles around to treat themselves to the nectar of this delicate annual. The tiny blooms produce a strong, sweet scent that is one-of-a-kind. Plant sweet alyssum in containers, hanging baskets, or window boxes. Its small root system adapts well to rock gardens, and it performs as a durable, flowering ground cover. Select a home for your alyssum that provides full to partial sunlight.
Everyone loves the smell of a rosebush in full bloom. Perhaps the most popular scented flower in modern gardens, the rose is available in endless types and colors. Be sure to check that you are selecting a rose that’s specifically advertised as scented before you purchase, as some varieties have been bred with a focus on the flower’s form, which can eliminate the potency of rose’s famous scent.
Cascading over a fence line or spilling elegantly over a trellis, the honeysuckle vine is a showy, vigorous perennial that brings lots of pollinators into your garden when it blooms. Be sure to select native varieties or newer cultivars that are not as invasive as the original Japanese honeysuckle breed. Plant in full sunlight in a location that has a support for the vine to grow on, such as a fence, or a garden trellis.
The colorful blooms of the scented primrose flower are said to herald the arrival of spring, and these flowers produce a mildly fruity scent that is surprisingly pleasant. Scented primrose is available in a wide range of blossom hues, all of which are paired with rich, dense, textured dark green foliage. Perfect for container gardens, scented primrose requires very little care or maintenance once it’s established.
Closely related to oleander, plumeria (also called frangipani, yasmin, and champa) is a subtropical or tropical flower that releases a subtle scent during the day. The flower’s smell becomes more pronounced during the evening and nighttime hours.
Blooming throughout the spring and summer months, the lilac flower creates a lovely scent that is all its own. Grow lilac shrubs directly in your garden beds, or try your hand at some of the newly bred (and much smaller) hybrid versions made to thrive in containers.
Phlox flowers come in pink, salmon, white, red, purple, and bi-color varieties that are at their best when planted in large swaths or added to mixed borders. Most types are self-seeders, so you won’t have to worry about planting phlox every year. Phlox flowers require lots of air circulation to prevent powdery mildew, which they are susceptible to. Phlox generally enjoy full sunlight, but these flowers may require partial shade in hotter climate areas.
Producing perfumed clusters of silvery white flowers from late summer to autumn, the sweet autumn clematis emits an otherworldly aroma that is adored by gardeners around the world. Classified as a deciduous flowering vine, the sweet autumn clematis requires a trellis or other form of support to grow upon. Be sure to plant in a location with strong, deep borders, or clematis may take over your garden in no time.
Brugmansia is also commonly called angel’s trumpet because of its vibrant, trumpet-shaped orange flowers that create a strong but sweet aroma. Often mixed in the garden with datura, the brugmansia flower is hardy to zones nine through 12. Though brugmansia typically needs a dry, hot climate area, with a little bit of extra knowledge and care, gardeners could see them succeed in colder climates.
The peony is a perennial flowering shrub that produces giant, lush blooms, which often require staking to support their massive size. The enormous blooms produce a subtle, elegant aroma as they unfold atop the peony’s dense, glossy dark green foliage. Don’t plant your peony seeds too deep into the soil, as they won’t sprout if you do. Plant them in a location that receives full sunlight exposure.
The only flowering tree to make our list, the flowering crabapple makes the cut because the blooms it produces each spring emit a smell that is both inviting and long-lasting. Plant flowering crabapple in full sun, then enjoy its delicate beauty and invigorating aroma for seasons to come. Newer varieties of crabapple are more resistant to illness, and some produce vibrantly colored foliage that is nearly as attractive as the tree’s springtime blooms.
Ylang-ylang is native to the rainforests of Asia and Australia and hardy to zones 10 and 11. This plant is also called the perfume tree because its blooms produce a smell that can be enjoyed from miles away. If you live in a tropical climate, ylang-ylang is a great selection to add lasting fragrance to your garden’s perks.
Also known as the tobacco flower, nicotiana blooms appear from summer to fall. Nicotiana flowerheads burst open at noon with seemingly no aroma to speak of at first, but they ooze a potent dose of pleasant perfume from late in the evening until dusk. This plant’s tubular flowerheads look similar to petunias, and nicotiana is available in white, pink, red, and pale green. Nicotiana prefers full sun to partial shade.
The lily of the valley flower is hardy to USDA zones two through nine producing dainty bell-shaped white or pale pink flowers that spread their fragrance out to cover vast areas. This spring bloomer prefers consistently moist soil and partial shade. Its low-growing tendencies make it a great pick for a ground cover.
Viburnum is adored by gardeners both for its glorious foliage and because of its sweetly scented blooms. The Korean spice variety has a particularly pleasant aromatic profile as well as pretty clusters of puffy white flowers during the spring.
Lilies are known for being aromatic, but the hybrid variety known as the stargazer lily is the most fragrant lily you can grow. Its scent has been called sensual and inviting, with spicy undertones. Plant this exotic-looking lily in partial shade.
Called rajnigandha in its native India, the tuberose flower thrives in hot, tropical locations. Its tube-like blooms appear in spring and summer producing an enticing, warm odor that leaves a lasting impression. Tuberose can be grown as an annual in colder climates.
Stock flowers are commonly used in bouquets, as the plant’s spicy-sweet pink, purple, or white blooms are easy on the eyes as well as the nose. Plant stock as soon as the weather starts to break in early spring, as this flower does better in cooler temperatures. Stock enjoys full sun to partial shade.
Daphne is a winter plant that prefers cool weather, only blooming for a short period during February and March. A favorite of the perfume industry, daphne flowers are rarely grown ornamentally because of the care they require. However, the daphne’s bloom produces an alluring fragrance that might be worth all the extra care and effort.
Freesia flowers have a charming, fruity scent and are a favorite of European gardeners. For the most fragrant flowerheads, choose a white or yellow variety of freesia. Freesia is also one of the most popular flowers to use for bouquets, as this plant has long-lasting, colorful, and highly fragrant blooms with a very long vase life.
Hyacinth is a popular flower in modern gardens for both its ornamental and aromatic qualities. Available in a wide array of vibrant colors, the hyacinth produces large clusters of small, rounded blooms that result in an aroma reminiscent of strawberries and honeysuckle. Tough to grow in tropical areas, the hyacinth flower is suited to colder climates.
Jasmine flowers are considered to be the most fragrant blossoms in the world. The blooms produce a scent so heady that some people don’t like the concentrated smell. Jasmine flowers can be detected from great distances, and up close the aroma can be overpowering. The jasmine flower’s oils are used in perfume and aromatherapy recipes. Night-blooming jasmine has an especially pleasing fragrance.
When it rains, the gardenia flower creates a very powerful perfume that seems to blend in to the environment around it. The gardenia’s milky white flowers are a sight for sore eyes, and their smell, though similar to jasmine, is not nearly as overwhelming. Gardenia is a favorite of gardeners because it needs very little care and attention and can grow in practically any environment.
The flowers and foliage of this aromatic herb permeate the countryside of southern France in midsummer. If a lavender hedge is planted next to a walkway, you and other garden guests will catch a nice whiff of its perfumed presence every time you pass by. A favorite of hummingbirds, lavender’s calming scent and bright purple, upward-thrusting blooms catch the eye while drawing in pollinators.
The evening primrose plant grows to a height of five feet, and it produces blooms that only open at night. When the blossoms finally open, they also emit an intoxicatingly pleasant smell until the sun begins to rise. Available with white, pink, and yellow flowers, the evening primrose is a great addition to borders and container gardens alike.
The mock orange plant is a flowering shrub that produces white, four-petaled flowers that smell like oranges and create a cloud of perfume that spreads out into the air around them. The shrub can grow up to 10 feet high, producing blooms from late spring until early summer.
As different flowering plants have different needs when it comes to climate and care, there is no way that any gardener could successfully grow all of the flowers listed here in their garden at home. However, any gardener could use a handful of these fragrant flowers to help ensure that their garden display entices each of the five senses. Pick out three or four of your favorite flowers on the list that flourish in your area, then place them in different areas of your garden to create a natural scentscape to enjoy for years to come.
Lose Yourself In The Fragrance.
"Roses have one of the most complex, widely ranging perfumes of all flowers. The weather conditions on the day before the rose opens, the age of the flower, the season and even the time of day all influence the fragrance of an individual bloom". (David Austin)
The very best Fragrant Roses, just like the very best п»їDisease Resistant Roses, п»ї are the Award Winners. These highly fragrant roses have won awards not just for Fragrance, but also for other qualities such as disease resistance, shape, colour, size, length of flowering period and hardiness. All of the Fragrant Roses on this page are the winners of the John Gamble Fragrance Award from 1961 to 2013. They are listed in order of the date of the Award.
This Award is not given every year it is only when an especially Fragrant Rose comes along and meets all of the stringent requirements that the Award is given to the rose breeder. So if you are searching for that special rose with amazing perfume for your garden, you can't go wrong with one of these beauties. The Award is given by the American Rose Society and is also known as the 'ARS James Alexander Gamble Rose Fragrance Award'.
If you are looking for the most highly fragrant roses for your garden, be sure to check the information provided by your local or online nursery. Descriptions of roses - and plants in general - vary quite substantially. One seller may say the rose has high disease resistance whereas another may say 'prone to mildew and black spot'. One may say it flowers from spring to summer, whereas another may say it flowers from spring to autumn. You can find these facts out online by visiting as many sites as possible, but you can guarantee that all of the roses on this page are among the most fragrant roses available today. Always do a bit of research first one rose may do well in one climate zone, but may not perform as well in another.
If you would like to find out just what the various perfumes of roses smell like, this website will tell you a lot about them: Rose Fragrance.
Crimson Glory. Hybrid Tea. 1961.
A dark red velvety rose with a strong Damask perfume. It is available as a shrub rose to 4 feet and also as a climber to over 6 feet. It flowers from spring to autumn and is hardy and vigorous it is a repeat bloomer. The blossoms are double, and are up to 5 inches across. A lovely big rose. It is an excellent cut flower with long single stems. It likes full sun. Bred by Kordes in 1935, this highly fragrant rose has certainly been around for a while. Available as a Climber to 6 feet.
Tiffany. Hybrid Tea. 1962.
A mid-pink rose with gold at the base. It has the classic Hybrid Tea Rose shape, with pointy petals and straight sides. It is an excellent cut flower, having sparse foliage at the base of the plant which encourages good air circulation, and long upright stems. As with most Hybrid Tea Roses, the more you cut the blooms for the house, the more you get on the bush.
The perfume is strong and fruity and it is a repeat bloomer. It is disease resistant and hardy and likes full sun. The blooms are double, up to 5 inches across, and it will grow from 4 to 6 feet high. The flowering season is from mid-spring to summer. It was bred by Lindquist in 1954. The blooms just keep coming on this super fragrant rose. There is a climbing form, but it is hard to find . to about 6 feet.
Chrysler Imperial. Hybrid Tea. 1965.
This highly popular fragrant rose has dark red velvety blooms with a very strong Damask fragrance. Its bloom period is from late spring to autumn, and it blooms repeatedly. The blossoms are up to 5 inches across with up to 45 petals. It grows as a shrub rose to 4 feet and as a climber to 6 feet or more.
It is an excellent cut flower with the classic pointy petals of the hybrid tea roses. It has mid-green to dark green semi-glossy leaves which show off the red blooms nicely. It is hardy and likes full sun, but will tolerate some shade. It has good disease resistance and was bred by Lammerts in 1952. Available as a Climber to 6 feet.
Sutter's Gold. Small Hybrid Tea. 1966.
This beautiful intensely fragrant rose is ideal for a small space. It is a yellow rose flushed with orange to red, with a very strong, sweet fruity fragrance. It grows to a height of 3 feet or more and makes an excellent small hedge. The darkish green foliage really shows off the golden orange colour. The blooms are double, to 5 inches across and are produced continuously during the long flowering period. It was bred by Herbert Swim in 1950.
Granada (Donatella). Hybrid Tea. 1968.
Granada is a stunner, comparable with the Joseph's Coat Rose. The perfume is an intense mix of Damask and Spice. The blooms are from 4 to 5 inches across, with 25 to 30 petals. It is available as a shrub rose from 2 to 4 feet in height and as a climber to 6 feet (divine).
The foliage is dark green and it has excellent stems for cutting: the lightly ruffled blossoms are long-lasting in a vase. It will bloom continuously from early spring right through to autumn. An absolute must have fragrant rose for me. Bred by Linquist in 1963.
Fragrant Cloud. Hybrid Tea. 1970.
This highly fragrant rose is in the Modern Rose Hall of Fame. It's perfume is a mix of Fruity (Citrus), Spice and Damask, making it one of the most popular roses ever. It grows as a shrub to 3 feet and a climber to 5 feet or more. The double blooms are an orange to pale crimson red from 5 inches to 7 inches across, with 25 to 35 petals, and the foliage is mid to dark green.
This rose is highlyп»ї disease resistant п»їand blooms in late spring and summer. It makes an excellent cut flower. You can definitely bring this one inside for an intense experience. Bred by Tantau in 1963. Climber to 6 feet.
Papa Meilland. Hybrid Tea. 1974.
One of the most famous of the dark red velvety fragrant roses ever, this beauty has the real old-fashioned rose fragrance. With its dark green foliage and the classic Hybrid Tea shape, this is definitely the rose for Romance. Perfect for Valentine's Day. If you want a dozen long-stemmed red roses, this is the one! It flowers from mid-spring to late autumn. Inducted into the Rose Hall of Fame in 1988. Vigorous and reliable 4" to 5" blooms on a 3 to 4 foot bush. It was bred by Alain Meilland in 1963.
Sunsprite (Friesia). Floribunda. 1979.
A stunning glowing yellow Floribunda rose with high fragrance. It is a small shrub from 2 to 3 feet in height and its perfume is a sweet Licorice. It will repeat bloom from late spring right through to autumn with double fluffy petals from 3 to 4 inches across which do not fade with age. One of the most popular of all the yellow roses. The leaves are a glossy mid to darkish green. It is hardy and has excellent disease resistance. It is considered to be among the world's top ten roses and will make a perfect hedge, without too many thorns. It was bred by Kordes in 1973.
Double Delight. Hybrid Tea. 1986.
This is one of the most popular roses of today. And no wonder: one of its parents is 'Granada' (see above) and the other is 'Garden Party'. I was given this rose and I can honestly say it's stunning. The colours vary widely depending on the soil and the climate and the fragrance is intense - a fruity citrus and spice. Just look at the Google Images of this divine creation: Double Delight.
The petals are 5 inches across - at least - and the petal count is 30 or more. The foliage is mid-green and this amazing rose will flower from mid-spring right through to autumn. No need to say that 'it makes an excellent cut flower for the house'. See it on its own page: the Double Delight Rose. Inducted into the Rose Hall of Fame in 1985. It was bred by Swim and Ellis in 1976. Climber to 6 feet.
Fragrant Hour. Hybrid Tea. 1997.
Angel Face. Floribunda. 2001.
A beautiful, highly perfumed, lavender Floribunda Rose. The fragrance is intense: a fruity citrus. It blooms continuously from late spring right through to autumn, with 4 inch blossoms which are delightfully ruffled and edged with red. The petals number from 25 to 30 it makes an excellent, long-lasting cut flower in a vase. It is a shrub form from 3 to 4 feet in height with dark green foliage. It was bred by Swim and Weeks in 1968. Climber from 10 to 12 feet. See the climber on Google Images.
Secret. Hybrid Tea. 2002.
A stunningly beautiful pink rose. This highly fragrant rose is a Hybrid Tea which is cream flushed with pink with a hint of gold on each petal. Each bloom is 5" to 7" across. Huge! It has 30 to 40 petals. The intense perfume is sweet and spicy. This beauty was an AARS winner in 1994, and no wonder. The foliage is mid green.
It will grow vigorously to a height of 4 feet as a shrub, and to 6 feet as a small climber. With a width of 2 to 3 feet, it won't take up much room. It has very good disease resistance and blooms from summer through to autumn with continuous flushes. This beautifully formed fragrant rose, looking as if it were hand painted, is definitely high on my list. Bred by Tracy in 1992. Small Climber to 5 feet.
Mr. Lincoln. Hybrid Tea. 2003.
This deep red, velvety, highly fragrant Hybrid Tea Rose is one of the most popular dark red roses ever. The shrub form will grow from 3 to 4 feet, and the climber to about 7 feet with a width of 2 feet. So it won't take up too much room. The petal count is 35 to 40 and the bloom size is about 5 inches across. It will flower from mid spring through to autumn.
The foliage is dark green which sets off the deep red bloom colour beautifully. Bred by Swim and Weeks in 1964, one of its parents is Chrysler Imperial (see above), so it's no wonder this rose is highly fragrant. With its characteristic long stems, this is an excellent cut flower which will fill your home with intense old-fashioned rose fragrance. Climber to 7 feet.
Sheila's Perfume. Floribunda. 2005.
Sheila's Perfume is a delightful highly fragrant Floribunda Rose (but its petals are reminiscent of a Hybrid Tea). Being a Floribunda there are so many more blooms, in clusters, on this rose. It grows from 4 to 7 feet in height and 3 feet in width. It makes an excellent hedge: Imagine a perfumed hedge like this! The fragrance is fruity and Damask combined, making it both old-fashioned and modern at the same time.
The colours are pink and cream, edged with a cherry colouring and flushed with gold. Beautiful. The foliage is mid-green. The blooms are 4" to 5" across with 20 to 25 petals. This rose was bred by Sheridan in 1982 and it will flower from late spring through summer.
Fragrant Plum. Hybrid Tea. 2007.
This beautiful Hybrid Tea rose has an intense sweet, fruity fragrance which has been described as 'plum-like'. (I have read that the lavender, mauve, bluish, lilac roses have the most intense perfume). The petals are lavender/mauve with deep smoky purple at the raggedy edges. There are 25 to 30 petals and the blooms are 5 inches across. This rose was bred by Christensen in 1990. It will grow to 4 feet as a shrub and 6 to 7 feet as a climber.
It has vigorous, upright, long stems with mid-green foliage and is exceptional as a cut flower for the house, filling it with its intense perfume. Its flowering period is from mid-spring through to autumn.
Sweet Chariot. Miniature Patio Rose. 2008.
Louise Estes. Hybrid Tea. 2010.
An out of this world Hybrid Tea Rose. You will want this superior fragrant rose! It was named for the 'Elle' Magazine (not, as I thought, for Elle Macpherson). 'Elle' means 'she' in French. A Romantic name for a truly romantic rose. The fragrance is a fruity citrus with a hint of spice. The colours are of soft pink to peach and apricot with gold at its heart. It will flower for a long period: from early spring right through to autumn.
'She' has up to 50 petals, blooms are 5 inches across with mid to dark green foliage. A beautiful rose just looking at it is enough, but then add the divine, intense fragrance and you'll be bringing it inside - often. (The long single stems, characteristic of the Hybrid Tea Roses, make it excellent for a vase). It will grow up to 5 feet in height and will flower from late spring until late autumn. Excellent disease resistance. Her history is a bit mixed: Bred by Jacques Mouchotte in France before 1999 and introduced by Jackson and Perkins in the US in 2005.
Falling in Love. Hybrid Tea. 2012.
Wild Blue Yonder. Grandiflora. 2013.
Another rose with a citrus and old-fashioned rose fragrance combined. This stunning rose with delightfully ruffled petals, is actually a Grandiflora Rose (a cross between a Floribunda and a Hybrid Tea), giving the best of two favourite rose types. See another example of a Grandiflora rose: the Queen Elizabeth Rose. Wild Blue Yonder makes a great hedge, or a single specimen rose for under a window. The intense rose fragrance will overpower you when the window is open.
Each bloom has 25 to 30 petals and is from 4" to 5" across. It grows from 4 to 5 feet in height and about 4 feet in width. It blooms from late spring through to autumn with excellent disease resistance.
The colours are a deepish lavender/purple/red with a pale center. The foliage is mid-green and sets off the ruffled mauve blossoms perfectly. Take a look at lots of Google Images of this winning rose. There are just so many variations on this colour theme it is even said to resemble a Camellia flower. It was bred by Tom Carruth in 2006.
When we think of fragrance in the garden, remember it is not just flowers. Foliage and leaves can smell just as sweet. Most herbs are very aromatic and provide the added benefit on enticing our palette too.
Rosemary, mint, basil, sage, lemongrass, Mexican Mint Marigold, oregano, and lavender add a wonderful element to your garden. They’re easy to care for. Their value in the garden and on your kitchen table can not only boost your sense of well-being, they can do wonders for your health too.
If your garden lacks fragrance, here are some plant selections that are sure to delight your senses.
Lavender can be a bit tricky in our humidity. I planted several Goodwin Creek Lavenders in a large terra-cotta planter last fall. I mixed in well draining soil – adding a little sand to the mix – and finally mulched it with pea gravel. It is blooming right now and is very fragrant – the silvery foliage is very pretty too.
Shrubs, Perennials, Vines and Fruit Trees
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminodies)
Flowering shrub that prefers acidic well-draining soil and produces an unmistakable sweet and exotic fragrance. Requires similar care as with azaleas.
Little Gem Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’)
Grows from 15′ to 20′ tall and produces an abundance of fragrant, large white flowers from early summer through late fall. The flowers are a work of art up close.
Sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans)
Evergreen shrub with small fragrant flowers. Prefers moist, fertile soil with good drainage.
Banana Shrub (Michelia figo)
Fragrant showy flowers that smell like sweet bananas on a slow growing compact shrub. Requires moderate watering. Plant in partial shade.
Buddleia (Buddleia davidii)
Fast grower with long blooms that is a butterfly magnet! Low maintenance, except for annual pruning. There are compact and full size varieties.
Night Blooming Jessamine (Cestrum nocturnum)
Very strong, fragrant Jasmine aroma! Blooms at night. Filtered sun and regular water with well-draining, sandy soil.
Almond Verbena (Aloysia virgata)
Large v-shaped shrub with arching limbs and very fragrant white flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbird.
Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) – Also known as Confederate Jasmine, this evergreen vine puts off a show in spring with a flush of bright green new growth and small white fragrant blooms in the shape of a star. A good choice for a trellis where you can shape it as desired.
Citrus trees – Meyer Lemon, Moro Blood Orange, Lime to name a few. Their blooms in spring are highly fragrant.
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)
Tough perennial with small flowers spring through frost. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Varieties include red, pink and white flowers.
Best climber. Any shrub rose that is described as a "mannerly climber" is good in my book. 'Sea Foam' grows up to 8 feet tall, perfect for smaller trellises and arbors. It sports creamy white double blossoms that have successive bloom times in spring, summer and fall. Plant it in USDA zones 4 to 9. Find your zone
More white climbers include 'Moonlight', 'Prosperity', 'Colonial White' and 'Jeanne d'Arc'.
Best cut flower. 'Moondance' offers impressively long stems, 14 to 18 inches long, making it an exceptional rose for cutting and arranging. The creamy white 3 1/2 inch-flowers also have a delightful spicy scent and are arranged in clusters on the stems. This shrub rose grows up to 6 feet tall in zones 5 to 9, blooms in late spring to early summer with repeat blooming and is resistant to mildew and rust. It is, however, a bit susceptible to black spot, so you'll want to keep an eye on that to avoid continued problems.
Other great cut white roses are 'White Gold', 'Susan' and 'Winchester Cathedral'.
Easy-care favorite. What do you get when you cross the beautiful 'Graham Thomas' rose with the easygoing 'Carefree Beauty'? You get 'Stephen F. Austin', a lovely low-maintenance shrub rose that grows up to 6 feet tall in zones 5 to 9. It boasts 3-inch-wide almost-double flowers that fade to a cream color in warmer weather.
Want more low-maintenance white roses? Look for 'Snowdrift', 'Morden Blush', 'Sally Holmes' and 'Sea Foam'.
Best scent. 'Iceberg' is a blindingly white rose and the original, introduced in 1958, is heavily scented and quite disease resistant. The "new" 'Iceberg' rose that was introduced in 2002 is equally beautiful, but the scent is said to be much milder. 'Iceberg' is a vigorous shrub rose, growing 4 to 6 feet tall in zones 4 to 9, and blooms in the spring with repeat blooms later in the season.
Additional white fragrant roses include 'Full Sail', 'Moondance', 'Pillow Fight' and 'Pope John Paul II'.
Best color variation. 'Garden Party' is a hybrid tea rose that offers creamy white blooms dipped in pale pink. It's also blessed with strong fragrance and long canes that make it great for cutting. It grows to 4 feet tall and will do well in zones 5 to 9 — but be forewarned that this gorgeous girl is a bit susceptible to a plethora of diseases and pests. Many of these problems can be kept in check through good cultural practices, like making sure your rose has enough space around it to ensure good air circulation, and avoiding getting water on the foliage when irrigating.
Other color variations include 'Cafe Ole', 'White O'Hara' and 'Créme de la Créme'.
White roses can be considered a neutral — they will go with virtually any other color in the garden. And if you have entertaining spaces where you like to gather in the evening, white roses will almost glow in the night. This light flower color really pops in the landscape, so if you have an area that you would like to stand out, white is the way to go.