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Feb 26 • 2013 • EdricEmmaEnglishFAQFruityGertrudeHamiltonJekyllJudeObscurefragrant



Q: Which is the most fragrant English Rose? A: Jude the Obscure is probably the most fragrant although it does depend on the day and your individual response to scent. It is certainly the variety that seems to delight most people. It has the most wonderful fruity fragrance which is often strongly citrus and sometimes distinctly guava, lychee or sweet white wine. Other contenders for the title include Gertrude Jekyll (a perfectly balanced old rose fragrance), Lady Emma Hamilton (a deliciously fruity fragrance), Wild Edric (a blend of old rose and clove) and Jubilee Celebration (another lovely fruity fragrance).

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Jun 11 • 2012 • ChandosGardenNoseRoseRose NewsScentsSmellSweetfragrant

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Chandos Beauty

Most of us can identify familiar scents in the garden – newly mown grass, fragrant roses and lavender spring to mind.

In fact, women have a significantly better sense of smell than men, according to a survey by Gardeners’ World magazine.

The survey of 2,000 people found that women were able to recognise 14 out of 15 garden scents better than men, including rose, lilac, freshly cut grass and compost.

Freesias came out tops as our favourite scent followed by strawberries and sweet peas. Creosote was the only smell men recognised as much as women.

So it seems timely to create a scented garden to educate not only our men but to provide endless days and nights of aromatic summer pleasure outdoors.

Indeed many plants grown for their scent come into their own at dusk, including night-scented stocks, honeysuckle, jasmine and nicotiana. Plant them close to where you will be sitting in the evening and you won’t miss their delicious scent.

Others, such as lavender, thyme and rosemary, release their scent when you make contact with them, so are ideal for edging paths, so that visitors can appreciate their heady aroma when they brush past them.

Sheltered spots devoid of wind, which can effectively blow the scent away, will provide an area of intense fragrance. If you have a bench in a sheltered spot, try growing roses up around it so you can catch that intensity when you sit.

It is possible to combine natural fragrances for the best results and the magazine has created a scent wheel, similar to a colour wheel, to match scented plants to bring out the best in each other.

Sweet scents which do well together include cottage garden favourites such as sweet pea, lilac, honeysuckle and rose, while a combination of citrus scents including lemon verbena, monarda and lime also work well together.

If you like woody notes with sweet scents, go for lavender, sage and thyme, while more spicy notes are gained from dianthus, azalea and bay.

If you’re after scent when you open your patio doors, keep your containers and hanging baskets close by with your fragrant favourites.

I have a basket outside my patio door in the summer filled with the petunia Surfinia Blue Vein, whose flowers have a deep blue throat which pales into the white outer petal. The smell of this type is fantastic – almost like a lily fragrance.

Indeed, no scented garden would be complete without some sort of lily and one of the easiest to grow is the regal lily, Lilium regale. One bulb quickly builds up into a clump on most soils, producing a profusion of white, trumpet-shaped blooms with yellow throats and purple pink outsides, whose strong heady perfume is at its best on summer evenings.

“Sniff a lily and you’ll feel a sense of wellbeing that Chanel can never match,” Alan Titchmarsh comments. They’re perfect planted with roses, ornamental grasses and euphorbia.

If you have an archway or pergola near your patio, you can choose from a wide variety of scented climbers including scented honeysuckles, wisterias, roses and jasmine.

Trachelospermum jasminoides is a fantastic slow-growing climber which will reach around 10m (32ft) in height if placed in a sheltered position against a warm wall. It produces small white flowers against dark green oval-shaped leaves and its fragrance is fantastic. But you need to protect it against wind and frost in severe winters.

It is not only flowers which produce wonderful scents during summer – rub some leaves of certain plants and you will be pleasantly surprised. The lemon-scented pelargonium (P. crispum ‘Variegatum’), for instance, has cream-edged leaves which, if rubbed, emit a delicious lemon perfume. It produces pale mauve flowers throughout summer.

With a little planning, you could soon have a garden full of fragrance which will last all summer.

See the HIGHLY PERFUMED ROSES list on our web site.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Jan 17 • 2012 • CultivationEssenceFestivalFreshPlantationRose NewsTaiffragrantroses




In Saudi Arabia, roses are synonymous with the city of Taif, which is internationally famous for agriculture and in particular the cultivation and production of roses, dating back to 100 years.

Stretched along the roads and streets of Taif are many vendors displaying cork boxes full of fragrant home grown roses, fruits and other fresh produce.

In addition, the city produces rose essence and rose water, and every year the municipality and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities organizes a rose festival, which is visited by both local and international tourists.

Despite the difficult conditions, such as scarcity of water and labourers during the rose cultivation season, the number of rose plantations reached 750 during the last year festival. These are mostly located in the cooler Al-Hada, Al-Shafa, Al-Dahia, and Al-Ghadeerain areas. Together, they produce around 233 million roses and comprise 34 factories for the plantation of roses and production of 19,000 bottles of rose essence.

The planting of roses usually coincides with the end of the month of January and lasts up to 75 days. Planters start with digging groves in the plantation soil, in which carefully cut rose branches are planted, covered in rich fertilizer and manually watered in times of rain scarcity. They carefully plant the rose branches close to the earth and make sure they do not exceed 1.5 meters in height, which makes it necessary to trim them constantly. Keeping them low encourage the rose trees to produce as many roses as possible each morning. The flowers must be plucked before sunrise, when they are dewy and most fragrant. Every year, harvest time starts during the month of April and goes on until the end of May.

Rashid Al-Qurashi, owner of several rose plantations and rose products, asserts that there is no other rose like the Taif rose because of its strong delicious fragrance. Even the Syrian Juri rose, which is bigger and prettier, has not such a strong fragrant as the Taif rose.

Taif is also considered the favorite city to escape the hot summer days of Saudi Arabia. Situated atop the Sarawat Mountains, the visitors enjoy the cool weather and delicious fruits. They also make sure they don’t leave this cool, green and fragrant area without taking back home boxes of Taif roses, bottles of rose essence and rose water as mementos of a good and relaxing time spent in the pleasant parks of Al-Hada, Al-Shafa, Al-Ghadeer, and others.

Production of rose essence and rose water

As a first step, the roses are put into special pots. These are filled with water — the amount according to the quantity of roses used. Then, the pots are securely covered over a low burning fire. When the roses start to boil, the fragrant steam passes through a tube that is surrounded by cold water, so that the steam condenses and starts dripping into a special glass receptacle until a layer of rose oil appears on its surface. This is then carefully skimmed off the surface and quickly bottled. The process usually takes between ten to fourteen hours daily.

Unlike Oud oil, which develops a better fragrance and hence gets more expensive as it ages, rose essence should not be kept for a long time, as that affects the quality and devalues it, especially if exposed to light and heat. In order to prolong the life of rose essence, experts recommend removing the plastic stopper from its glass bottle, because with time the plastic interacts with the oil essence and ruins its purity.

Rose water is usually filled into large 20 liter glass bottles for a variety of uses, especially for the making of Arabic deserts, and can be added to drinking water.

There are two types of rose water: The ordinary kind that is sold in small glass bottles for SR10 in shops and supermarkets, and a more special type that is known as “Al-Aroosa” (the bride), which is distilled rose water resulting from the production of rose essence. This type is sold in small glass bottles that cost around SR30 and is the most preferred in the Gulf. People use it as a perfume at home and sprinkle it on guests, using traditional dainty rose water pewter sprinklers.

Women also use rose water as part of their beauty regime ever since its beneficial qualities where discovered, such as cleansing of the skin and tightening of the pores.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Nov 11 • 2011 • CountryEnglishNew Roses For 2012ScentShropshireWollertonfragrantmyrrh



David Austin English Shrub Rose. 2011.  5ft

This is the most fragrant of this year’s new varieties and, indeed, one of the most fragrant of all English Roses. It has the distinctive myrrh scent which is rarely found in roses, appearing first in ‘Constance Spry’, and later in ‘Scepter’d Isle’. The plump buds have attractive flashes of red. These open to form round, rich buttery yellow coloured blooms which eventually pale to a softer creamy colour. Even when the flowers are fully open, they retain their beautifully rounded chalice shape. It forms a particularly healthy and bushy shrub with many stems shooting from the base. It remains relatively upright and has few thorns. With its soft colouring ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ will very easily blend with a wide range of colour schemes, planted with roses or other shrubs and perennials. Its more upright habit makes it suitable for both formal and informal situations. It should be positioned where its strong scent can be easily appreciated. Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire has one of the most beautiful private gardens in the country, not far from Country Garden Roses . The gardens are set around a 16th Century Hall and feature roses in creative plant combinations, including many English Roses.

Wollerton Old Hall is open to the public on selected days throughout the summer.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site.

Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Aug 05 • 2011 • Rose of the Weekchris warnerfragrantnorth wallpatio climberroses



Patio Climber.

1992.  7ft-8ft

A really eye catching rose.

A simple flower of bright red-orange which covers this climber from top to bottom.

Flowers right through the season.

Keep it in a cosy place and you will even have flowers at Christmas.

We have also tried it on a North wall with good results.

Undoubtedly our best selling patio climber.

This range of small climbers have become extremely popular due to their versatility .

Most can be grown in containers and are very attractive either side of the front door without growing too high.

They can be pruned quite low each year to control the height.

Highly recommended.


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