TOP 10 ROSES FOR FRAGRANCE AND BLOOMS

Choosing roses for your garden is a matter of personal preference. I have spent many happy hours in a rose nursery inspecting the hundreds of varieties on display. Because there is so much choice it can be useful to have the advice of an expert so this article by Andy McIndoe may be just what you need. His selection is for the ten best roses to use as cut flowers as well as fragrance. I found the article on the Learning With Experts website.

Although the rose season may seem a long time ago for many of us, fall is a great time to select and plant roses, whether you go for field grown plants or containers. Most of us think of our roses as glorious garden plants, but it is also one of life?s great pleasures to cut a few to bring indoors. Maybe to decorate the dinner table, to have alongside you at your desk, or to put in the bedroom so that you go to sleep with their fragrance and awake with it in the morning. So how about choosing a few roses with the thought of cutting them to enjoy them indoors?

2 Ophelia_

As a boy I remember a rather straggly rose bush in our garden; it was called ?Madame Butterfly?. It might have been rather weak and leggy in the garden but it did produce the most wonderful, unfurling buds that were often cut for the house. The single rose vase was an essential in the 60s. I remember is porcelain beauty and its delicate fragrance. I rediscovered ?Madame Butterfly? and her sister ?Ophelia? and ?Lady Sylvia? when I became a rose enthusiast a few years later. These are Hybrid Tea roses, full of petals with a raised centre and mostly individual blooms on single stems.

3 Royal William

A red rose is such an iconic flower. Even if you would never have red in the garden, a fragrant red rose is lovely to cut and enjoy at close quarters. ?Royal William? is a great rose for cutting. It produces beautiful individual blooms with velvet petals and a strong fragrance. The name made it an instant hit when it was launched, but it has stood the test of time.

4 Savoy Hotel

?Savoy Hotel? is another enduring favourite with full, opulent blooms of glowing pink, richer towards the raised centre of the bloom. The leaves are dark green and healthy for a hybrid tea. Just like any rose the quality depends on adequate feeding with a rose fertiliser in spring and again in summer. Regular watering in dry weather is also essential.

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