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Fragrant roses: 6 of the best

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Strawberry Hill rose
Strawberry Hill rose. Picture; David Austin

David Austin’s most perfumed English roses

The unmistakable perfume of a rose is one of those things that is quintessentially English, and one that stays in the memory long after the bloom has faded.

So, are your roses doing their bit in the scent stakes? If not, that’s a poor show.

Luckily, expert rose breeder David Austin has picked out six of their best highly fragrant English roses, all repeat flowering, ready to order now as bare root plants for November delivery, or as container plants.

Plant them next to a door, areas of heavy traffic or where you sit to get the best from their unbeatable fragrance.

Strawberry Hill: RHS Award of Garden Merit shrub rose with vigorous, informal growth. Pure rose pink, cupped rosettes with a strong myrrh fragrance. From £17.

Harlow Carr: this shrub rose is named after the RHS’s lovely North Yorkshire garden. It’s tough, bushy and exceptionally healthy, very good for disease resistance. The pure pink rosette blooms have a strong Old Rose fragrance. From £17.

Bathsheba: a vigorous short climber with large, many petalled blooms. Superb myrrh fragrance with warm floral and honey notes. The rosette flowers are a beautiful blend of colours, giving the overall impression of rich apricot. From £18.50.

Wollerton Old Hall: another climber with bushy, upright, very healthy growth. Rounded flowers of soft apricot fading to cream with a particularly strong fragrance. From £17.

The Generous Gardener: climbing, disease-resistant rose with large but delicate, cup-shaped flowers in palest pink. Strong fragrance. From £17.

Gertrude Jekyll: healthy, reliable shrub rose twice voted the nation’s favourite rose by Gardener’s World viewers. Rich pink rosettes with an Old Rose fragrance. From £17.

For more information, visit www.davidaustinroses.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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