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Best for Fragrance

Best for Fragrance

Roses are renowned for their delicious fragrances; however, some varieties are much more fragrant than others. Here we have highlighted the most fragrant roses in our collection. Their fragrances range from the classic Old Rose scent, to fruity, Tea, myrrh, musk or any combination of these elements. In general, the most fragrant groups of roses are David Austin’s English Roses, which have won many awards for their fragrance, and the true Old Roses.

   

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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. 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.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. 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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  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.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Desdemona

    Desdemona

    English Shrub Rose
    Peachy pink buds open to beautiful, white, chalice-shaped blooms, with a pinkish hue. The incurved petals create an arresting interplay of light and shadow. The strong Old Rose fragrance has hints of almond blossom, cucumber and lemon zest. It forms a most attractive neat, rounded, bushy shrub. Named after the tragic heroine of Shakespeare’s Othello.. David Austin, 2015.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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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.
    £18.50 - £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. 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.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. R. Rugosa Alba

    R. Rugosa Alba

    Rugosa Rose
    Single, white flowers of silky texture with a strong Old Rose fragrance. These are quickly followed by exceptionally large, orange-red hips that ripen together with the last of its blooms. It forms a vigorous, spreading shrub.
    £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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