Upholstered outdoor cushions and pillows create a comfortable seating area atop this stacked stone wall. A pink climbing rose breaks up the light gray fencing, and the color of the blooms relate to the colors of the pillows and cushion.
Many modern rose varieties have lost their fragrance, as breeders developed other traits. ‘Bathsheba,’ a repeat bloomer from David Austin Roses, has the rich scent of honey and myrrh. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9, this climber can grow to 10 feet and produces big, densely petaled blooms that are apricot-pink on the top and soft yellow below. An outer ring of pale petals gives them a “halo” effect. ‘Bathsheba’ is one of five David Austin roses the company recommends planting for fragrance.
Formal walkways in the garden lead visitors through a succession of rooms, each with their own ornamental focal points. Here, a series of overhead metal arbors act as guides for garden roses to grow and climb upon, structured at the base by topiary boxwoods and strong stone pillars.
A traditional white pergola above the patio will one day be snaked by climbing roses, bringing additional shade to this poolside retreat. Stone steps lead to a cozy pool house that complements the Cape Cod-style home.
Designer Beth Dana converted the space to a bright, finished-looking studio. When the original 1920s doors are open, the studio becomes a tropical oasis, with avocado and orange trees, bamboo and a trellis overflowing with bountiful climbing roses.
The French Country-style family room features windows or French doors on three sides of the space that open up to the wraparound garden and ocean view. The garden is filled with edible plants and show flowers, including cutting beds and climbing roses, citrus trees and lavender bushes, grape vineyards and raised vegetable beds.
Climbing pink roses spill over a wood gazebo in this formal cottage garden, framing the entryway towards the shingled home. A simple rope fence intersects the garden and defines the entry garden from the large expanse of lawn framed by silvery lavender Russian sage.
In this bedroom, one of six in the home, the furnishings were wisely kept neutral so as to direct attention to the beautiful wallpaper. Golden vines climb up a dusty rose background and lend warmth and sophistication to the room.
Few plants symbolize fragrance like roses. This group of plants features shrubs, climbers, miniatures—and all sorts of other wonderful types. Flower color runs the gamut, including white, deep burgundy (almost black), lemon yellow and a host of other hues. Which roses are most fragrant? A few that have stood the test of time include ‘Autumn Damask’ (Zones 5-9), ‘Madame Isaac Pereire’ (Zones 6-9), ‘Double Delight’ (Zones 3-9), ‘Mister Lincoln' (Zones 5-9) and ‘Roseraie de l’Hay’ (Zones 3-9).