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Most Fragrant English Roses

Most Fragrant English Roses

Everyone has a different perception of scent but the English Roses listed below are the varieties we consider to be the most fragrant. The English Roses are famous for the diversity and strength of their fragrances, with many varieties having won awards, both nationally and internationally, for their delicious fragrances which can be Old Rose, Tea, fruity, myrrh, musky or almost any mixture of these elements. To make the most of their heady scents, we recommend planting them near to the house or alongside paths and seating areas in the garden.

   

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  1. Eustacia Vye

    Eustacia Vye

    English Shrub Rose
    An exceedingly pretty rose of soft, glowing apricot-pink, each bloom packed with numerous delicately ruffled petals. Held on red-tinged stems, the blooms begin as shallow cups, opening to full rosettes, revealing petals of a richer hue, which gradually pale over time. They have a delicious strong fruity fragrance. A very healthy variety; it makes a strong, vigorous shrub with bushy, upright growth. Named after the flawed heroine of Thomas Hardy’s, The Return of the Native. David Austin, 2019.
    £20.00 - £27.00
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  2. Gabriel Oak

    Gabriel Oak

    English Shrub Rose
    A magnificent variety, bearing large, many petalled rosette blooms. They are a striking shade of deep pink, the outer petals of each bloom paling slightly over time. The beauty of the blooms is enhanced by a wonderful, strong fruity fragrance. A vigorous rose; it forms a very shapely, broad, rounded shrub with mulberry purple stems and dark green foliage, giving the overall impression of richness and abundance. Named after the beloved character in Thomas Hardy’s novel, Far from the Madding Crowd. David Austin, 2019.
    £20.00 - £27.00
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  1. Emily Brontë

    Emily Brontë

    English Shrub Rose
    An exceptionally beautiful rose with distinctive neat, flat blooms. Each bloom is a lovely soft pink, the smaller central petals deepening to rich apricot and surrounding deep-set stamens. The strong Tea scent becomes more Old Rose, with delicious hints of lemon and grapefruit. It forms a bushy shrub with strong, healthy, upright growth. Named for the Brontë Society to celebrate the bicentenary of the novelist’s birth. David Austin 2018
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Princess Alexandra of Kent

    Princess Alexandra of Kent

    English Shrub Rose
    The unusually large, bright pink flowers are full-petalled and deeply cupped. In spite of their size, they are never clumsy, being held nicely poised on a well-rounded shrub. There is a strong and delicious fresh Tea fragrance, which changes to lemon, eventually taking on hints of blackcurrants. Named for Princess Alexandra – a keen gardener. David Austin, 2007.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. Scepter'd Isle

    Scepter'd Isle

    English Shrub Rose
    This pretty rose bears numerous cupped flowers, each with yellow stamens. They are a lovely light pink, becoming paler on the outer petals, and have a powerful myrrh fragrance. It forms an elegant, upright shrub, its blooms held gracefully above the foliage. The name is taken from John of Gaunt’s speech, expressing his love for England, in Shakespeare’s Richard II. David Austin, 1996.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Vanessa Bell

    Vanessa Bell

    English Shrub Rose
    Pink-tinged buds open to mediumsized cups held in large clusters. Pale yellow, paling to white at the edges; each has a rich yellow eye. The fragrance is similar to green tea with aspects of lemon and honey. It forms a bushy, upright shrub. Named for the artist, designer and founder member of the Bloomsbury Group – sister of the writer, Virginia Woolf. David Austin, 2017.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. The Ancient Mariner

    The Ancient Mariner

    English Shrub Rose
    An impressive variety, bearing masses of large, many petalled blooms on a bushy, quite upright shrub. The blooms are a lovely glowing mid pink at the centre, paling towards the edges. Over time, they each reveal a cluster of golden stamens. There is a medium-strong myrrh fragrance. The name of this rose was inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. There is a strong, warm myrrh fragrance. David Austin, 2015.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Royal Jubilee

    Royal Jubilee

    English Shrub Rose
    The deep chalice-shaped blooms are very beautiful, the petals incurving so that we can only just see the stamens within. The colour is a lovely deep pink with paler pink on the underside of the petals. Thin, wiry stems show off the flowers with the utmost elegance. There is a lovely fruity fragrance with a hint of blackcurrants. David Austin, 2012.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. The Mill on the Floss

    The Mill on the Floss

    English Shrub Rose
    Bears large clusters of neat, deeply cupped blooms, each with a small boss of stamens. Initially mid pink, verging on lilac-pink, they pale as they open, the individual petals beautifully defined by their carmine edges. Held above the foliage, they nod gracefully on gently arching growth, and have a sweet fruity fragrance. A healthy variety; it makes a bushy shrub, clothed in glossy foliage. Named after the novel by George Eliot. David Austin, 2018.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Golden Celebration

    Golden Celebration

    English Shrub Rose
    One of the largest-flowered English Roses, bearing rich yellow blooms in the form of giant cups. They have a strong Tea fragrance, developing wonderfully combined notes of Sauternes wine and strawberry. It forms a rounded shrub, with ample foliage – the flowers held beautifully poised on long, arching branches. David Austin, 1992.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. Gentle Hermione

    Gentle Hermione

    English Shrub Rose
    The perfectly formed, shallow cups are pure light pink, paling to soft blush on the outer petals. There is a strong, warm myrrh fragrance. It forms an attractive, quite broad shrub, with slightly arching stems. The leaves are tinged red at first, later turning green. Hermione is the faithful wife of Leontes, the King of Sicila, in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. David Austin, 2005.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Summer Song

    Summer Song

    English Shrub Rose
    Vibrant blooms of an unusual orange-red colour. They open to full, medium-large cups, with many inner petals arranged rather informally within a perfect ring of outer petals. There is a lovely mixed scent with hints of chrysanthemum leaves, ripe bananas and Tea. It forms a bushy, upright shrub. David Austin, 2005.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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