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Scentsational, Harmon Saville, USA 1995.

ScentsationalIn the past I have not grown many miniatures, mainly because they rarely offer any fragrance, and scent is something I have come to pretty much expect of my roses. Well, a friend of mine who's in the business of growing minis sold me this rose in 1998, and I am suitably impressed with it. It is a nicely vigorous plant, well foliated with dark, red tinted leaves which are reasonably disease resistant. (In the summer of '99, Scentsational got Blackspot rather badly in June.)

The bloom is about 1.5 to nearly 2 inches across, and under most atmospheric conditions, it is powerfully fragrant. The scent is very Damask-like...very "elemental rose". I can't say that I like the color as much as some of my roses.....I do not like the so-called "blue" ScentsationalHybrid Teas, and the color of Scentsational is reminiscent of that. It is most often on the mauve side of mid-pink, which is quite acceptable. I suspect that it got both it's fragrance and color from Angel Face at some point of it's breeding. If you like miniatures, but are disappointed in their scentlessness, then this is the rose you might like.

ARS merit rating: 7.4
Personal merit rating: 7.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 to 10, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 12" to 18" tall.

Fragrance: 4.0 Strong lemon and classic rose scent.

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