Roses for the Lowcountry
By Frances G. Ballentine
(From The Charleston Rose,
"Which very fragrant roses (hybrid teas and floribundas) grow well
in the Charleston area?" The question came in recently via the online
Consulting Rosarians' program. What a good question! Our Consulting Rosarians
who grow a variety of hybrid teas and floribundas were asked for recommendations.
The roses selected were rated 7.5 or higher in the 1999 Handbook for
- Mister Lincoln, HT,
medium red.( 8.6) Probably the most widely grown fragrant rose in the
country. A must for every fragrance garden and a good rose for cutting.
- New Zealand, HT, light
pink. (7.5) A great grower with an intense spicy aroma. The ladies at the
assisted care home consider this one and Mister Lincoln their favorites.
- Just Joey, RT, orange
blend. (7.9) A beautiful, large rose with great perfume. A worldwide
favorite. Gorgeous as an open bloom.
- Double Delight, HT,
red blend.(8.7) Beautiful bicolor rose with great fragrance. Somewhat hard
to grow but a delightful bloom. Everyone loves this rose.
- The McCartney Rose,
HT, medium pink. (7.6) This beautiful hot pink has a very sweet aroma. It
is very prolific and hardy. Not a show rose, but a traffic stopper in the
- Gold Medal, Gr, medium
yellow. (8.6)Tall, prolific bloomer throws lots of sprays all season long.
Flowers last a week in the vase. A garden rose, will show as an open
- Angel Face, F, mauve
(7.8). Beautiful lavender blooms with a sweet fragrance. A classic
- Scentimental, F, red
blend.(7.6) Very fragrant with blooms of many variations of red and white.
- Chrysler Imperial, HT,
dark red. (7.5) An old classic which most "used to grow". Very
- Sunsprite, F, dark
yellow.(8.7) A beautiful, floriferous floribunda, great fragrance, good
grower, a great garden rose.
- Alec's Red, HT, medium
red.(7.5) A wonderful garden rose, fragrant, good grower, great for
- RoyalAmethyst, HT,
mauve.(7.5)Very nice mauve color and seems to be hardy if winter
- Fragrant Cloud, HT,
orange. (8. 1) A classic. Large bloom, great fragrance, beautiful cut
- Tropicana, HT, orange
(7.5) A classic with large full blooms and nice fragrance. Good in the
garden and in a vase.
Other fragrant hybrid teas and floribundas include:
HTs: Ain't She Sweet (7. 0), Dolly Parton (7.3), Miss
All-American Beauty (7.4), Tiffany (7.3), Perfume Delight (7.
1) Fs: Sheila's Perfume (8.3).
Nominations for other fragrant, easy to grow hybrid teas and floribundas are
welcomed. Send to the editor or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.