Top 10 Scented Roses of the 20th Century

 

Rambling Rose- Debutante

1902 Debutante

At the start of the 20th century, one of the newest ramblers Debutante has become one of the most dependable. It has both delicious ‘old rose’ smell combined with good disease resistance.

1913 Clementina Cabonieri

From Italian breeder Bonfiglioli, this rose defines the heavenly ‘Tea Rose’ scent perfectly.

1938 Guinee.

Tea Rose – Clementina Carbonieri

One of the best fragrant red roses of all time, which isn’t just beautiful to look at, but on warm days, the aroma can be smelt far and wide.

1949 Aloha

A hybrid of another fragrant rose ‘New Dawn‘. Strong fruity and sweet! Wonderful two-toned blooms.

1950 Rose de Resht

Climbing Rose – Guinee

It may be confusing that Rose de Rescht is on this list because it probably harks back way before 1950, but this was when it was rediscovered. A portland damask rose which flowers both Summer and Autumn. Its strong musky scent is one of the most potent of all the Damasks.

1961 Constance Spry

The archetype of David Austin’s English Roses, combining the old with new. This was one of the first roses to be hybridised by Austin and still stands the test of time. It has a gorgeous myrrh-like scent inherited from one of its Victorian parents: Belle Isis.

1969 Westerland

Climbing Rose – Aloha

Westerland was one of many gems to be introduced from the Kordes family of Germany. This particular variety we think is one of its most boldly scented.¬†Kordes continue to breed great roses such as ‘Joie de Vivre‘ rose of the year for 2011.

1978 Arthur Bell Climber

Damask Rose – Rose de Rescht

Both this and the bush form are exceptional roses. There really are not many yellow roses that smell as good as Arthur Bell. Its namesake though may have many similar tones too, bold and fruity!

1986 Leaping Salmon

One of the best varieties to be born of British breeders in the late 20th Century. The salmon pink blooms are highly fragrant. With the classic Hybrid Tea shape they make ideal cut flowers to bring that scent indoors.

1996 Chartreuse du Parme

Many old wives tales say that modern roses don’t have fragrance, this is one of the most fragrant of all the roses we stock. Bold citrus scent with continuous blooms.¬† A triumph of what 20th century rose breeders have achieved and Delbard roses continue to introduce striking highly aromatic examples today.

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