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Are mod­ern roses bet­ter than the old-fash­ioned va­ri­eties? First things first, the per­ceived wis­dom that ‘mod­ern roses don’t smell like the old ones’ sim­ply isn’t true. Yes, some very old va­ri­eties and rose species have strong scents, but many of to­day’s mod­ern roses have ex­cep­tional scents, as well as be­ing health­ier, too. And a healthy rose is likely to pro­duce more flow­ers, which means even more scent! So if you’re look­ing for a healthy rose, that pro­duces flow­ers over a long pe­riod in sum­mer and has fan­tas­tic fra­grance, then new va­ri­eties of rose are the best place to start.

Of course, roses sold as ‘old-fash­ioned’ do have their own beauty, but be­cause most only flower once in sum­mer they’re some­thing of an in­dul­gence in the gar­den, es­pe­cially as many of them make rea­son­ably large plants. But if you’ve room, try the dark pur­ple, scented, rosette-flow­ered ‘Charles de Mills’ or one of the tough ru­gosa roses such as ‘Roseraie de ‘l’Haÿ’, which has the sweet­est of per­fumes.

‘Dame Judi Dench’

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