About Central Florida Gardener

Welcome and thank you for visiting Central Florida Gardener. Florida is a unique state in which to garden. It can be frustrating but also rewarding for gardeners who persevere. This blog was created as a resource for Florida gardeners, both new and experienced, in search of information specifically for Florida gardens.

You are invited to participate by leaving your comments, suggestions, tips and recommendations relevant to Florida gardening - don't be shy! Thank you for dropping by to learn more about gardening in the Sunshine state. I look forward to hearing from you! Susan

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fragrance in the Garden - Part 2: Roses

You can't have a discussion about fragrant plants without including roses. We might assume that all roses are fragrant but many of the hybridized varieties no longer have the wonderful scents associated with roses.

Two avid rose-growing Florida garden bloggers...Flowerlady at  Flowerlady's Musings and Sherry at If only sweat were irrigation...grow many varieties of roses (both modern and vintage) in their gardens. Both of their blogs are a wealth of information to anyone who's interested in growing roses successfully in our heat and humidity. Thankfully, both of them have generously contributed their thoughts, as well as a list of the most fragrant roses growing in their gardens.

While roses may not heavily perfume the air like Confederate jasmine or orange blossoms do, it's hard to see a rose and not automatically press your nose up to the ruffly mass of petals to inhale the sweet smell associated with these flowers.

Belinda's Dream
Scent is one of the things Flowerlady looks for when buying a rose. She said "To me if a rose doesn't have a scent, it's almost not worth having." Her favorite fragrant rose is Chrysler Imperial which she describes as having a deep rose scent.

Three other nicely scented roses in her garden are: Don Juan (climber), Maman Crochet and Maggie.

Her list of roses that emit a delicate, lighter scent are:
La Marne Mm.
Laurette Messimy
Bon Silene
Old Blush
Dainty Bess
Louis Philippe
Pink Pet


Sherry is a very passionate rose grower as evidenced by her response to my request for a list of fragrant roses growing in her garden. She wrote "Susan, I had a new flower on my baby Marchesa Boccella this morning. Wow! So strong and delicious! Damask like Chrysler Imperial but a beautiful pink flower with a bottom eye." You can just feel Sherry's passion...can't you?

Her list and description of scents include:
Mrs. B.R. Cant - "a strong sweet raspberry scent that is to die for"
Duchesse de Brabant - "smells like Southern sweet iced tea to me, but others say raspberry"
Duquesa - has a strong tea scent plus an additional fragrance that she can't quite put her finger on. She describes it as "yummy" and as strong as Mrs.B.R.Cant.
LaSylphide - "astonishingly smells like Lily of the Valley"
Clotilde Soupert - "is a polyantha and has a fairly strong fragrance"
Cotillion - "a modern floribunda that has a strong and luscious scent"
Gruss an Aachen - "An early floribunda (1909), is simply wonderful. Great fragrance."
Leonie Lamesch - "a very nice, light scent"
Louis Philippe - "smells like cherry candy"
Napoleon and Archduke Charles - "have light scents similar to Louis Philippe but not as strong"
Souv. de la Malmaison - "has a light to medium scent...which some have described as similar to women's face powder"
Capitaine Dyel de Graville - "is a sport of Souv de la Malmaison, but its scent is stronger and more distinct, slightly sweet"
Baronne Prevost (1841) and Mme Scipion Cochet (1872) - "have quite a strong fragrance"
Chrysler Imperial - "strong damask fragrance"
Marchesa Boccella (1842) and Rose de Rescht (pre-1900) - "very nice strong fragrance"


Mark Nelson who's family (Nelson Roses) has been growing roses in Florida for several generations has listed his favorite scented roses in his book entitled "Nelson's Guide to Florida Roses."

His 11 favorties are:
Belinda's Dream
Chrysler Imperial
Double Delight
Flo Nelson
Mr. Lincoln
Perfume Delight
Saint Patrick

Click here to find a retailer for Nelson Roses in Florida


The All-America Rose Selections (AARS)  list their top 10 scented favorites as:
Double Delight (1997) - a sweet, spicy scent
Elle (2005) - spicy, citrusy scent
4th of July (1999) - scent is exceptional
Honey Perfume ( 2004) - wonderful, spicy scent
Memorial Day (2004) - highly fragrant
Midas Touch (1994) - warm, musky scent
Mr. Lincoln (1965) - strong scent
Scentimental (1997) - spicy scent
Sheer Bliss (1985) -  mild but sweet fragrance
Sun Sprinkles (2001) - miniature rose

So there you have it from the "expert" rose growers. A nice list of their favorite fragrant roses from which to choose from if you're looking to add some scented beauties to your garden.

My favorite...a heavenly scented rose growing in my garden is Sombreuil (a hybrid tea - 1850) . Her scent is a STRONG, sweet perfume fragrance that is intoxicatingly wonderful.

Thank you Flowerlady and Sherry for taking the time and generously sharing your knowledge on fragrant roses. Be sure to visit their blogs for more information on growing roses: Flowerlady's Musings and If only sweat were irrigation.

Some additional Florida gardeners who lovingly and successfully grow roses are: Janis at Graceful Cottage Gardening and Kenneth at Musings of a Would Be Renaissance Man.

If you're new to growing roses in Florida you can learn a lot from Flowerlady, Sherry, Janis and Kenneth.

What fragrant roses are growing in your garden?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Florida Garden Blogs - A Growing List...

More Florida gardeners are blogging about...what else...their gardens! Drop by and welcome these new found Florida garden bloggers.

Ken in Tampa shares his thoughts about the Musings of a Would be Renaissance Man.

Follow Sandy in Clearwater as she posts about The Wonders of Doing.

Gardening in Miami is a blog authored by 4 gardeners who live in the Miami area.

 Julia in Brevard county blogs about gardening and wildlife on her M.O.M. blog.

Georgia Tasker (garden writer for the Miami Herald) explores the world of tropical plants in her  Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden blog.

If Only Sweat were Irrigation is where Sherry in Ocala writes about her love for roses.

Belle Aquarium & Garden Design - Located in South Florida...Belle specializes in water gardens & aquariums.

Teresa Watkins has a radio show in Florida on gardening and she also shares her environmentally-friendly tips on her Earth Shattering Gardening blog.

A central Florida gardener blogs about life and her vegetable gardens in a  Bloom in Thyme.              

Gardening on a Dime is where  Dave & Trish...two west central Florida gardeners shares tips on gardening economically.

Gardening on an acre in rural south Florida,  Dawn's Garden Life is a fun read.

Amber in Largo shares her love for gardening in Sand Gardening.

If you live in or around Hillsborough county you may be interested in The Hillsborough Extension Garden Blog.

Any other Florida garden bloggers out there?

Leave a comment with your blog address, and I'll gladly list you on our blogroll, too!

Additional Note:
Nancy P. in Vero Beach sent me an email with a couple of plants to add to our cold-hardy plant list.  Mona Lavender (Plectranthus) and Blue Butterfly Bush (clerodendrum ugandense) both survived this past winter.