Top 10 Fragrant Roses 2022

When you add fragrance to your rose selection criteria, then you don’t just get beautiful flowers, but rather you get exceptional ones!

The top ten fragrant roses listed here were chosen by the ‘All America Rose Selections’ (AARS) as being the ten top fragrant roses – that is: having ‘Fabulous Fragrance’.

1. Double Delight

The double blossoms have a rich, creamy white to pale pink center with deep, ruby edging. They have a bushy habit, growing to about 4-5 feet with a 2-3 foot spread.

Expect a sweet, spicy scent.

Zones 5-9

2. Elle

Elle, a 2005 winner, is another hybrid tea rose. Above average disease resistance, especially to black spot and mildew. The blossoms are a soft, shell pink set off by glossy, dark green foliage. All of that plus a spicy, citrusy scent.

Elle promises to make an excellent cut flower.  Zones 7-10

3. 4th of July

A climber. The blossoms are everything you’d expect from a rose named 4th of July, clusters of large 4 inch flowers in vibrant red with white stripes, on 10-14 foot arching canes. As with all the roses listed here, the scent is exceptional. 4th of July has the added bonus of being a repeat bloomer.

Zones 5-9

4. Honey Perfume

Not many floribunda roses boast any scent. A wonderful spicy scent and apricot yellow blooms truly set Honey Perfume apart from the already wonderful category of floribundas.

Growing about 3-4 feet high and 2-3 feet wide, Honey Perfume makes a great specimen or low hedge. It exhibits very good rust and mildew resistance.

Zones 6-10

5. Memorial Day

Memorial Day is arguably the front runner for fragrance. As AARS puts it, “experts say one bloom perfumes almost an entire room”. Cutting stems are nice and long and the bushes are an especially good choice for hot climates.

Zones 7-10

6. Midas Touch

It shines with golden yellow 4 inch blossoms on an upright 5 foot plant. Midas Touch is yet another hybrid tea beauty with a warm, musky scent.

Zones 4-9

7. Mr. Lincoln

It’s hard to believe Mr. Lincoln won his AARS distinction back in 1965. The velvety, deep red hybrid tea is still one of the most popularly grown garden roses.

Beautiful as well as strongly scented, Mr. Lincoln’s blossoms are held are stiff, upright stems. The bushes can be expected to grow 4-5 feet tall and about 2 feet across.   Zones 5-9

8. Scentimental

This spicy scented floribunda was the first striped rose to win the AARS award. With burgundy and creamy white stripes, Scentimental hardly needs its wonderful fragrance to attract attention, but that’s what made it an award winner in 1997.  Zones 6-10

9. Sheer Bliss

Sheer Bliss is a delicate, pale pink hybrid tea. While it needs a bit of winter protection, its delicate beauty, and mild, but sweet fragrance and repeat blooming habit make it a standout favorite. The large flowers bloom on long stems, perfect for cutting.

Hardiness info is scant, but most agree it will survive to Zone 6.

10. Sun Sprinkles

Sun Sprinkles, a miniature rose, won its award in 2001. Brilliant yellow blooms open early and repeat all summer. With excellent disease resistance, Sun Sprinkles is a great choice even in a garden with limited space.

Growing in low and mounded to about 18 – 24 inches, Sun Sprinkles can be used as an edger, in containers or as a specimen. The spicy, musky fragrance and vivid color will make people stop for a closer look.  Zones 6-10

Your top ten fragrant roses may be entirely different – mine are. Only Mr. Lincoln gets a tick from me out of the above. Most of the mauve (so-called) blue roses have exceptional perfume.

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