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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. Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin

    English Shrub Rose
    The flowers are very full and rounded at first, later opening up to shallow cups. They are yellow in colour, tending almost towards mustard, and have a strong, delicious fragrance, varying between soft floral Tea and pure lemon. It makes a sturdy shrub with broad, spreading growth. Named after the naturalist who was born in Shropshire. David Austin, 2003.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. Harlow Carr

    Harlow Carr

    English Shrub Rose
    Bears flowers of the most perfect formation – shallow cups of the purest mid pink. They flower very freely from early summer until well into the autumn and have a strong, pure Old Rose fragrance. It has an excellent bushy habit with upright, vigorous growth. Maturing into an attractively rounded shrub; it flowers almost to the ground. Named after the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden in Yorkshire, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the society’s formation. David Austin, 2004.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Boscobel

    Boscobel

    English Shrub Rose
    Red buds open to beautifully formed, upwardfacing, coral-pink rosettes. Small petals of varying shades mingle to provide a most pleasing effect. The myrrh fragrance has delicious hints of hawthorn, elderflower, pear and almond. It forms an upright shrub. Charles II hid in an oak tree at Boscobel House during the English Civil War. David Austin, 2012.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. The Poet's Wife

    The Poet's Wife

    English Shrub Rose
    Bears rich yellow flowers, which pale over time. Their formation is most pleasing, having a neat outer ring of petals enclosing an informal group of petals within. There is a strong, wonderfully rich fragrance with a hint of lemon, which becomes sweeter and stronger with age. It forms a bushy, nicely rounded shrub with arching branches and rather shiny foliage. David Austin, 2014.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Gertrude Jekyll

    Gertrude Jekyll

    English Shrub Rose
    Always one of the first English Roses to start flowering, its perfect scrolled buds open to large, rosette-shaped flowers of bright glowing pink. The beautiful, perfectly balanced Old Rose scent is often described as being the quintessential Old Rose fragrance. A vigorous rose; it will form a medium-sized, upright shrub. Named for the famous garden designer and author. David Austin, 1986.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. 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.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. 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.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. Jubilee Celebration

    Jubilee Celebration

    English Shrub Rose
    Large, domed, coral-pink flowers are held elegantly above the foliage on graceful, arching growth. There is a strong, delicious fruity fragrance with hints of fresh lemon and raspberry. David Austin, 2002.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Lady Emma Hamilton

    Lady Emma Hamilton

    English Shrub Rose
    Dark red buds with dashes of orange, open to chalice-shaped blooms of rich tangerine orange, with yellow-orange on the outside of the petals. They are held against very dark, bronzy green, polished leaves that slowly become dark green with age. The flowers have a strong, delicious, fruity fragrance with hints of pear, grape and citrus fruits. The growth is fairly upright but quite broad and bushy. David Austin, 2005.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. Munstead Wood

    Munstead Wood

    English Shrub Rose
    Bears very deep, velvety crimson blooms, with lighter coloured outer petals. They are large cups at first, becoming shallowly cupped with time. There is a strong Old Rose fragrance with fruity notes of blackberry, blueberry and damson notes. The bushy, spreading growth forms a broad shrub; the young red-bronze leaves later turn mid-green. David Austin, 2007.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Abraham Darby

    Abraham Darby

    English Shrub Rose
    In early summer, 'Abraham Darby' bears large, deeply cupped blooms in shades of pink, apricot and yellow and, in spite of their size, they continue to be produced for the remainder of the season. They have a rich, fruity fragrance with a refreshing sharpness.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. Alan Titchmarsh

    Alan Titchmarsh

    English Shrub Rose
    A beautiful variety with deep pink, many petalled, gracefully nodding blooms, held on arching stems. There is a delicious, soft and warm Old Rose fragrance with a hint of citrus. It forms an attractive, rounded shrub. The leaves are red at the bud stage, soon turning glossy green. David Austin, 2005.
    £18.00
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