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    pinksky is offline Germinator
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    Default Reccy's for the Strongest Scented Rose

    I'm not asking much, gov, but...

    It needs to be fairly disease resistant, not too big, long-flowering (if poss) in reds/apricots/pinks/lilac shades.

    I had a David Austen Lady Emma Hamilton (in the ground) and a Rhapsody in Blue (big pot) but they died in the heatwave

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    Oh dear I'm suprised you have had no replies on this. I have a subscription with Which gardening magazine ( hope I'm not in trouble for mentioning it) mag. This month it's on longest flowering roses. Repeat flowering etc and also mentions scent. Maybe you can borrow said magazine The Best Buy that would suit your requirements was 'Bright as a Button' why not google it. It said great disease resistance ,a lovely sweet scent and flowered until Autumn.
    from a fellow gardener. I have Gertrude Jekyll which is stunning.you can grow it as other than a climber too. Pink and heavily scented but will succumb in Sept to black spot if I'm not vigilant. Funnily enough I'm about to buy Rhapsody in Blue but to put in the ground. I just don't find roses do that well in pots unfortunately. Mine really struggle.
    Hope this helps.
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    I've not had much luck with them in tubs either
    The rose with the most perfume in my garden is Mme. Isaac Pereire, which flowers generously in June and then repeats on and off through the year.But, as most roses I've grown she does get blackspot.
    Even the Austen roses which are sold as disease resistant get blackspot here, so I don't think a totally disease resistant, garden worthy rose actually exists
    Most of the Austen bred roses I have, seem to hold their flowers at about 4ft high, because they throw up such long shoots, so not very good in tubs IMO but good if you want strong growing bushes for the back of a border.

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    Best bet in my opinion is to visit garden centers and other places when the roses are in flower and test this out for yourself. One person's opinion of a good scent, is apt to be someone-else's "Oh yuk"

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    Sadly many garden centres don't carry much stock and gardens like Hidcote or Sissinghurst don't grow many (If any) modern hybrids Can't think of anywhere you can actually do side by side comparisons, which is a real shame.
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    Definately too far for the OP but worth a drive is Mottisfont gardens in the Rose season Thelma....couple of hours drive for you maybe? They stock a good selection of roses at the beginning of the season too.
    I have the Gertrude Jekyll in both both shrub and climber - pink and smells delicious. The shrub still has flowers today....but as you say, GCs don't really stock roses and they are best ordered online.

    There's a thread somewhere with some photos of roses...may be worth taking a look. I also have a lovely peach rose with a good smell and is still in flower....another David A.
    May be worth getting the catalogue...
    White/yellows most fragrant - the poets wife, desdemona, Charles Darwin.
    Pinks - Gertrude Jekyll, harlows Carr
    Peach - Bathsheba, lady Emma Hamiltonw
    Deep red - munstead wood
    I've a code for David A online- save 15% on all orders before 11th November 2018 - ECA
    I just got a couple of bare roots.

    This is worth a read
    https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...ses_93785.html
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    I have a Munstead Wood and agree it smells gorgeous and it has repeated much more frequently than the other DA roses in this drought year. I prefer it to GJekyll which I have on an arch, it certainly has more flowers and a gentler growth habit here.

    Oh Scarlet! why did you tell me about that offer .... dashes off to see if I can perhaps cram another rose in somewhere/anywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbin View Post
    Oh dear I'm suprised you have had no replies on this.
    The OP won't be surprised as she hasn't been back since she asked the question!
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