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Rose Types That Are Easy to Grow and Smell Divine

June 27th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 30 secs

I love growing roses!

Now I know.  Some of you will be asking, how can Christian be talking about Lady Ga Ga one day and then rose types that are easy to grow the next? Well, as I’ve said before, I’m nothing if not eclectic. Besides, it’s good to have broad horizons, and apart from all the other justifications, I admit it. I love roses.

For an Aussie bloke to like flowers isn’t really the done thing. But then, I’m not into stereotypes. More to the point, who can ignore the beauty of flowers without missing something magnificent? Though I’m fond of tulips, irises, and a bunch of other blossoms, it’s roses that get me in. That’s why I grow them.

Once, in the distant past, I was an apprentice gardener and, though our garden wouldn’t show it, I still enjoy growing plants and seeing them flourish. That might explain the fifty varieties of roses I planted when we first moved in! I leafed through a dozen books to pick the most hardy, scented roses I could find for our area. Why scented? Well, years ago, I virtually lost my sense of smell. So I can only discern the most perfumed of roses, and even then, barely. Meaning, the ones that have flourished in our garden are definitely keepers and why I recommend them to you. Yet before you read the following list, bear in mind that while these rose types grow well in Hobart Tasmania, your local conditions may favor others (especially if you live in a warmer climate). Either way, if you have even the tiniest drop of green in your bloodstream at least consider them. But if you’re not the gardening type, consider the beauty of blossoms. So that next time you pass a particularly lovely garden, remind yourself to breath in deeply and remember that we all need to smell the roses.

Some Rose Types That Are Easy to Grow and Have a Good Scent

  1. Double Delight (our favorite rose. Hardy and not too prickly, it’s disease resistant and flowers most of the year with red, orange and yellow blooms).
  2. Blue Moon (Another easy to grow variety with lavender colored blooms)
  3. Iceberg Roses (Okay I had to sneek these in. They’re not particularly aromatic but these roses are easy to grow and very long flowering; plus they offer variations in a variety of colors).
  4. Madame Alfred Carriere (an old-fashioned, strong growing David Austin variety with white flowers revealing a hint of pink. It’s a great climber and looks magnificent).
  5. Cecil Brunner Rose (What a wonderful, rambling climber. Flowering profusely with delicately scented little pink blossoms, this rose possesses a romantic Old World charm. The only compromise is its short flowering season).
  6. Charles de Gaulle (Not just a French leader but also a delightful flower with a fragrant, fully double mauve blossom).
  7. Mister Lincoln (Won’t let you down if you like a more formal bloom. It’s a healthy grower, but mind the prickles!)
  8. Sutter’s Gold (For an excellent garden rose with few thorns, this variety produces pleasing yellow blossoms, that look splendid in a vase).
  9. The Children’s Rose (Growing into a healthy bush, this variety produces a delicate pink bloom with an enduring, old-fashioned style).
  10. Just Joey (with its appealing apricot color and delicious scent, this rose is incredibly hardy).
  11. Chicago Peace Rose (A blushing beauty with a satisfying fragrance, this form is a worthy addition to any garden).

(If you want to know more about roses in Australia, try Treloars. Otherwise, use this post as an excuse to visit your local garden nursery this weekend and discover something lovely. Enjoy!)



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