Buff Beauty is a Hybrid Musk, grows in zones 6 through 10, and spreads horizontally. It can grow up to 10 ft in some areas. Before I added Buff Beauty to my garden, I always admired pictures of it. Now that it's in my garden, I have to say it's more beautiful and charming than the pictures depict.
Ebb Tide is a floribunda and grows in zones 5 though 9. Mine is grown as a standard (tree rose) and its scent is up high, where I can easily smell its lovely fragrance. Its purple color is darker if the weather is cooler. To see more of Ebb Tide, just click HERE.
Julia Child is a floribunda rose that grows in zones 5 through 10. I have her placed close by my front door, and I've had visitors remark how wonderful it is to be greeted by a scented rose.
Normally, I would have named Souvenir de St. Anne's and Francis Dubreuil as one of the Top 3 for scent in my garden, but both of these roses were mentioned in my Top 5 Old Garden rose post. And I explained in that post how their scent played such a big part in their getting to the Top 5. So, now you can count yourself lucky - because you get a list of 5 beautifully scented roses for the price of 3.
I love Buff Beauty but it is difficult to place. What do you think of it against silver foliage shrubs? Bother I think Catharine Howard Gardens becomes the Dog Blog....aaaaaaaaghReplyDelete
I'm trying to imagine silver foliage with Buff Beauty. Could be pretty. I would normally think of it with a dark green to offset the buff color, but it would be fabulous with maroon foliage plants!Delete
Scent is a must have for roses in my garden going forward... I have a few knockouts because they bloom all the time, but those will be the only ones.ReplyDelete
I think the more roses someone grows, they just naturally gravitate to scent. I started out not thinking about it, so I have a lot of non-scented one, but I find I really love the scented roses, and people are so impressed with them!Delete
I love the looks of your Buff Beauty. If it has a wonderful fragrance it makes it a wonderful rose to have for my rose garden. I had Ebb Tide but it died back to its graft and became a Dr. Huey.:( Everyone loves the Julia Child rose that has it but I did not realize it had such a wonderful fragrance. Great choices.ReplyDelete
I hope you can find a place for Buff Beauty. It takes up a large area, but oh, so worth it!Delete
You make caring for roses seem so easy. Your selection is outstanding!ReplyDelete
If I can do it, it IS easy!Delete
I'm adding more fragrant flowers to my garden this spring and already have the rose Abraham Darby on order. I really love your Buff Beauty. I wish I had room for it! I have plans to put a dark purple nicotiana by my back door so I can enjoy its fragrance every time I come in and out. Just to let ya know, the 5 yr old was never in any danger!! My daughter just wanted me to slow down and quit jogging through the grocery store. :o)ReplyDelete
I have Abe in my garden, too. It's small yet so I'm waiting for him to grow up! I bet a dark purple nicotiana would be fabulous to have by the doorway! And I didn't think the 5 year old was ever in real danger! :)Delete
All that is missed from this post is a "scratch & sniff" button.... Love these roses! I grow Julia Child and Buff Beauty and their fragrance is wonderful!ReplyDelete
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a scratch and sniff button! Especially since everyone's sense of smell is different.Delete
Hi Holley, I agree that scent plays a huge role in the roses we buy... BUT---some of them are beautiful to look at yet don't have a scent... My favorite scented roses (we have Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras) are Double Delight, Mr. Lincoln and Sweetness... BUT--there are others which have a fabulous scent... When hubby brings one inside for me each day during the spring/summer/fall, sometimes the entire room will smell wonderful!!!!!ReplyDelete
Love the color of your Buff Beauty...
Oh, how fabulous to have the entire room scented! I rarely bring my roses inside, but I should do that more often. Your husband is a sweetie!Delete
Ohhh, I am definitely getting another rose this summer, I already have decided on a cream or a white rose, preferably a scented one, and here you come with the perfect one, Holley, the Julia Child :-) Although here in the UK it has been renamed and is sold as Rosa ‘Absolutely Fabulous’. I guess the flowers aren’t exactly cream, more yellow? Does the colour vary depending on amount of sun? Looks gorgeous anyway!ReplyDelete
Yes, Julia Child is quite yellow, almost golden. Didn't realize it was re-named there - isn't it funny how they market roses? Look at Gruss An Aachen. It's got a beautiful color, and repeats well.Delete
I think they re-named ‘Julia Child’ because she isn’t as famous over here as she is in the US. Absolute Fabulous is a long running British TV comedy, of all things!! …and the rose is named after it. As a non- British, can I just say how absolutely inappropriate I think the British name is?Delete
I looked up the ‘Gruss An Aachen’, gorgeous rose, perhaps a tad too pink for where I got an available spot – in between ‘Freedom’ (yellow), ‘Peace’ (salmon/pink/yellow/cream, depending on sun and time of year), and in front I have ‘Rob Roy’, bright red. I really need a white or cream rose that doesn’t even hint of pink. But when I Google roses, I get all sorts of photos in all shades, supposedly of the same rose. I have been thinking of ‘Princess of Wales’, supposed to be white and scented, but only lightly. Have never seen it though, anyone who knows a cream rose that stays cream throughout the flowering season, heavily scented, please let me know!
Go to David Austin's website and you can find several choices there. I have both Glamis Castle and Winchester Cathedral, and they are beautiful. I can't say too much about their growing habits yet, though, because they are quite young. Litchfield Angel is also very pretty in pictures. I looked up Princess of Wales, and she is a beautiful rose! Good luck in your search. This is the hardest part - deciding which rose to plant!Delete
Funnily enough, I can't really smell my Buff Beauty. I tend to blame lack of humidity on the fact that a lot of roses supposed to be very fragrant are hardly so. Or maybe it is just my nose. I agree on Francis Dubreuil, Julia Child and Ebb Tide :).ReplyDelete
I hadn't though that humidity would factor in so much, but you are right! I can't smell a lot of roses, either. Isn't it funny how everyone's sense of smell is so different?Delete
I always try to choose roses that have a scent. It is such a nice bonus on top of a beautiful flower. The exception to this preference would be the roses along the front of my picket fence. In this spot, I need roses that can put up with winter abuse and summer drought and sun. Sadly, most of these sort of groundcover roses have no fragrance.ReplyDelete
Yes, I think breeders are becoming more aware of scent, and hopefully the landscape roses will eventually have a beautiful a scent. Wouldn't that be wonderful?Delete
Holley I have heard a lot about Julia Child and she seems perfect for my zone 5...I will look for her and hope to add her to the garden...ReplyDelete
I think you'll really like her. She blooms almost constantly!Delete