17 of the Most Fragrant Roses for Sweet Scents All Season Long

heritage rose
Photo: Doug Hetherington

As beautiful as roses are, some have a stronger scent than others. These amazingly fragrant rose varieties boast both colorful blooms and fabulous floral aromas. Plant them by your patio, paths, or wherever you can sniff them often.

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Honey Perfume

just joey rose
Doug Hetherington

The award-winning 'Honey Perfume' floribunda rose bears beautiful 4-inch-wide, apricot-yellow blooms that appear in clusters. Its petals release a strong, spicy scent that smells similar to a mixture of cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. With beautiful blooms and dense foliage that offers good resistance to powdery mildew and rose rust, this perpetual bloomer is an all-around crowd-pleaser.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained, fertile soil

Size: To 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

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Fragrant Plum

plum grandiflora rose
Doug Hetherington

Noteworthy for its lavender petals that blush to a smoky purple color at its edges, 'Fragrant Plum' is a type of grandiflora rose with double, 4-inch blooms. Its sweet scent (rich and plum-like) and large flowers make it especially wonderful for adding to cut flower arrangements.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

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Radiant Perfume

yellow hybrid tea rose
Richard Baer

This grandiflora rose's name, 'Radiant Perfume,' says it all. The big, golden-yellow blooms have a wonderfully intense citrus scent. Thanks to their long stems, the flowers are perfect for cutting and adding sunshine indoors.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

Zones: 5-9

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Heritage

heritage rose
Doug Hetherington

An outstanding English rose, 'Heritage,' bears petal-filled soft-pink blooms that smell of sweet lemons. Many gardeners appreciate that it has fewer (at least compared to most roses) thorns on its canes and good disease resistance. This delicate cup-shaped beauty performs well in partial shade and is a great cut flower.

Light: Best in full sun, can tolerate part sun

Water: Plant in rich, well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

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Louise Odier

louise odier rose
Doug Hetherington

Introduced in 1851, the 'Louise Odier' bourbon rose is a vigorous heritage garden rose that remains popular for its strength as a cut flower. Its constant supply of bright pink summertime blooms and intense sweet fragrance makes it a favorite of long-time gardeners.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

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Madame Plantier

Madame plantier rose
Doug Hetherington

Bred in 1835, the 'Madame Plantier' alba rose has withstood the test of time. One look (and sniff) at it and you'll see why: The white flowers are packed with petals and a sweet fragrance. To encourage bushy growth, be sure to prune this rose back after spring's final frost.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 6 feet tall and wide

Zones: 4-9

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Fragrant Cloud

Fragrant Cloud Rose
Doug Hetherington

Voted into the Rose Hall of Fame by the World Federation of Rose Societies, 'Fragrant Cloud' rose offers a captivating fragrance in its big coral-red blooms. This hybrid tea rose combines notes of citrus, spice, fruit, and rosy damask to create a fragrance that's similar to the scent of pumpkin pie. Plant this prolific variety with blooms, measuring up to 5 inches wide, in a sunny, well-drained location.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

Zones: 5-9

Buy It: Fragrant Cloud Hybrid Tea Rose ($22, Edmunds' Roses)

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Autumn Damask

autumn damask rose
Doug Hetherington

The old-fashioned, repeat-blooming rose, 'Autumn Damask' has been grown since the 1500s. Its combination of beautiful pink flowers and intense fragrance keeps it popular today. Sometimes sold as the four seasons rose, it is a favorite of the perfume industry. As the oldest European rose to reliably repeat its blooms, it flowers abundantly in spring and has scattered blossoms through the summer and fall.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

Zones: 5-9

Buy It: 'Autumn Damask' Rose ($18, High Country Roses)

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Double Delight

Double Delight rose
Michael Jensen

One of the most distinctive hybrid tea roses, 'Double Delight' produces creamy white flowers with rich, cherry-red edges that deepen as the flower ages. This fragrant beauty is an All-America Rose Selections winner, one of the highest honors a rose can receive in the U.S.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

Zones: 3-9

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Gertrude Jekyll

gertrude jekyll rose
Doug Hetherington

Combining pink blooms with a rich, antique rose fragrance, 'Gertrude Jekyll' is an easy-to-grow stunner that offers great disease resistance. This English rose can be maintained as a tall shrub or encouraged to climb to 10 feet.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

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Just Joey

just joey rose
Doug Hetherington

You can't beat the 'Just Joey' hybrid tea rose's rich, warm color. It's a beautiful blend of pale apricot and glowing orange. While 'Just Joey' appeals to the eye, it's really the way the rose appeals to your nose that makes it a garden favorite. Its large ruffled 5-inch flowers steeped with fruity fragrance continually bloom on a bushy plant with deep-green foliage. Because of its shorter nature, 'Just Joey' makes for an excellent container rose on your porch or patio.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 4 feet tall and wide

Zones: 5-9

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Madame Alfred Carriere

Madame alfred carrier rose
Doug Hetherington

Another old-rose classic, 'Madame Alfred Carriere' was created in 1879 and features pink-blushed white flowers with a strong spicy-sweet scent. It bears a continuous supply of blooms and is perfect for covering a wall or pergola (especially because it has fewer thorns than most roses). This climbing rose is extremely hardy and blooms almost constantly throughout the warmer months.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 16 feet tall and 9 feet wide

Zones: 6-9

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Madame Isaac Pereire

Madame Isaac Pereire Rose
Richard Baer

Considered one of the most fragrant roses in history, 'Madame Isaac Pereire' produces petal-filled, deep raspberry-rose flowers in spring and again in summer. As this shade-tolerant shrub grows, the petals of the cup-shaped flowers eventually turn back at the edges. This bourbon rose forms a large, vigorous shrub with thick, deep green foliage.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide

Zones: 6-9

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Mister Lincoln

Mr Lincoln red rose
Michael Mckinley

An award-winning hybrid tea rose created in 1965, 'Mister Lincoln' rose is still a top choice for gardens today. It features rich, velvety-red petals packed with a strong fragrance. Some rose experts say 'Mister Lincoln' set the standard for red roses.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

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New Dawn

pink new dawn roses
Doug Hetherington

Climbing roses can be just as fragrant as their bushy cousins, a fact proven by gorgeous 'New Dawn.' It features big, soft-pink flowers throughout the summer. Be sure to give 'New Dawn' plenty of room to climb!

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide

Zones: 5-9

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Roseraie de l'Hay

Roseraie de l'Hay Rose
Doug Hetherington

Among the hardiest of all roses, 'Roseraie de l'Hay' bears magenta-purple blooms filled with a very strong, sweet fragrance. This tough rugosa rose has a long season of bloom and has excellent disease resistance, too. By following a few simple rules on trimming roses, this plant's highly textured foliage will produce a pleasing shape.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

Zones: 3-9

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America

Apricot Roses
Richard Baer

Add interest to pergolas, walls, and other outdoor structures with this award-winning climbing rose. 'America' features strongly scented coral-pink flowers that bloom all summer long. It's disease resistant, so you can count on it to look good at the end of the season and serve as a focal point of color and scent.

Light: Full sun

Water: Plant in well-drained soil

Size: To 16 feet tall and 6 feet wide

Zones: 6-9

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