Lavender Roses – My Top 5


Just about every lavender rose seems to have a fragrance, and if you grow your roses for their fragrance in additon to their beauty, as I do, you’ll want to make sure that one of the following rose plants finds a place in your garden.

Lavender Roses

Leading the field is one of my very favourites, Blue Moon. Not only is the colour of this rose bush enchanting but the fragrance is exceptional. It’s a hybrid tea rose that grows 135 cm (4ft 1/2ft) tall, with large, full petalled blooms that last well. It is no wonder it’s been one of the most commercially successful lavender roses.

Barbara Streisand also deserves a place here. It’s a hybrid tea that grows about the same height as Blue Moon, but has a deeper lavender color with a strong rose/citrus frangrance and large flowers.

Perfume Perfection is a medal winning floribunda rose with a full fragrance. It’s a smaller compact rose bush growing to 120cm (3 1/2ft) and has more of a pinky lavender color.

Fragrant Plum is a hybrid tea growing up to 150cm (5 ft) with large flowers whose petals get  darker in color toward the edges. It has a fruity rose fragrance.

Angel Face is another of the lavender roses worth a place in your garden. This floribunda has a fruity lemon fragrance, grows to 130cm (just over 4 ft) and has slightly ruffled mauve-lavender petals that darken toward the edges. 

Any one of these roses would make a great asset to your rose garden and give you hours of enjoyment with their beautiful form and delightful fragrance.

16 Comments so far

  1. Megan on June 30th, 2009

    I absolutely love lavender roses but I never seem to be able to find them at the florist regularly. I have decided to hunt down the perfect kind of rose so when I can grow my own roses I will know what to buy. I want very purple roses… not so much pink but light purple like you see in easter things all the time. I googled pictures of these roses that you suggested and none of them seem to be quite the right purple but I thought maybe you could help me find the best suited roses for me… I have been told that my favorite roses are called silver roses? Is that an actual type of rose? Hope you can help. Thanks for reading.

  2. admin on July 3rd, 2009

    Hi Megan
    Unfortunately googling pictures of roses will not give you the true color of a rose. The same rose seems to take on different shades of color in web pages and even in rose catalogs. To get a true idea of the color of a rose I would suggest you visit some open rose gardens in your area, or rose nurseries or even botanic gardens. Often they will have the name of each rose on display and you will actually see the real color of it, as it looks on the plant. That way you can see the right lavender for you. And yes there are silver rose colors but they are more grey than lavender in color. Happy rose gardening

  3. Lilinah on October 7th, 2009

    I’m trying to find a particular type of lavender rose. A tall bush grew near my previous house, but the owners of the property inherited it and didn’t know the variety.

    The blossoms were pinkish lavender and had the most amazing scent – a blend of rose with raspberry and apricot – and the fragrance filled about 1/2 the block. I’ve never smelled another rose like this.

    I’m hoping you may have some idea…

  4. admin on October 7th, 2009

    Hi Lilinah
    I wish I could help you there, but there are lots of purple roses on the market, with most having a strong rose/fruity fragrance. A couple of suggestions for you; there are some good encyclopedia-type books on roses that show photos of hundreds of roses, you could look through one of those either at places like borders or your local library and see if you can see the rose in there, they often have a description of the height and fragrance so that may help you discover it. The other suggestion is to ask the owners if they’d mind if you took a couple of stems with blooms on the end and take that down to your nearest rose nursery and ask them if they know what type it is. I have done this myself with success with an unnamed rose I had no idea the name of. Best of luck with your search.

  5. Darryl on May 24th, 2010

    We have what appears to be a healthy Sterling Silver rose plant. For the past three years, it has not produced a single bud but it just grows vertically! I have cut it back several times from a height of over 7 feet to about 2-3 feet. Is it time to give up on this plant? Or…are we doing something wrong?

  6. admin on May 25th, 2010

    Sterling Sliver roses are renowned for flowering very little and rarely repeat bloom. You’ve given it 3 years to prove itself so I wouldn’t keep flogging a dead horse. If you want to replace it with a similar colored rose you could try the more hardier Stainless Steel – a descendant of Sterling Silver that’s similar in color and has a just as good fragrance.

  7. coriena on September 4th, 2010

    Hello, I was given A lavender Rose Tree for mothers day it is the smaller roses, when planted the deer ate all the roses and buds, luckily enough the deer have now left the plant alone, and all the roses have turned pink! How do I get my beautiful lavender back??? I assume maybe something to do with the pH is this fixable or have I lost them forever??? The sad part is I really don’t like the new pink….

  8. admin on September 4th, 2010

    Wow, that is very unusual. I have never heard of a rose that has had all its flowers and buds removed (whether by an animal or someone deadheading every bud and flower off it) that reverted to a completely different color. Did the deer eat down to the bud union (the round knobbly bit that the shoots grow from)? If that’s the case, the rose could have reverted back to its root stock. but you say only the flowers and buds were eaten, so that may not be the case.

    You might be onto something in regards the pH. For some roses, (not the majority) anthrocyanin production (pigments in plants responsible for pink, red and purple colors) increases slightly in acid soil (pH 6.0 to 6.5), compared to soil that is alkaline at pH 7.0 or higher. So maybe experiment with the pH. Did you know the pH of the soil when you planted the rose? If not, check it now with one of those home test kits – maybe it is more alkaline now for some reason and needs to be bought back to a more acid pH (6.0 – 6.5). Anyhow it can’t hurt to see if this changes the color back to the more purple one you liked. Light and temperature can also affect petal color; some roses experience fluctuating petal colors in the heat of summer, with the petals getting slightly darker in the cooler autumn temps.

  9. scarlet on January 31st, 2011

    I am looking for lavender roses to grow in the garden in Tx that can take direct sun and intense heat. Any suggestions ?

  10. admin on January 31st, 2011

    Hi Scarlet
    Having never grown roses in Texas, I think the best advice you could get for growing roses in your area would be from the Houston rose society or the San Antonio Rose society They should be able to give you firsthand knowledge about the most heat tolerant roses they have success with in your hot climate.

  11. Tamara on March 23rd, 2011

    My mom wants “lavendar roses that smell like lavendar for her birthday. I can not seem to find them anywhere to order on-line so she can plant and enjoy them herself. Any suggestions. We live in central Indiana, thanks!

  12. admin on March 23rd, 2011

    Hi Tamara
    Unfortunately there are no lavender roses available on the market that smell like lavender. Each of these plants have their own scent that’s unique to their own genus and species, however breeders are always trying to manipulate and experiment with rose fragrances, so who knows? It may become a reality in the future. Re the flowers, maybe you could order a mixed bunch; a bunch of lavender colored roses that have no scent mixed with a bunch of lavender flowers to give off the lavender scent your mother is after. Best wishes to her for her birthday.

  13. Kitty on May 15th, 2011

    Where can I find lavender roses bushes in ga. I have one but it’s very small and one has bout 7 roses a year

  14. admin on May 20th, 2011

    Hi Kitty
    the best place to find any type of rose bush for your area is to go to your local plant nursery. They have hands on experience and can advise you on the the best type that grow in your area along with varieties that are suitable to your local conditions. It would be also worth your while to contact any of your local rose societies or clubs as they often have a wealth of knowledge about the local growing conditions and roses that grow successfully in your area.

  15. Natalie on July 15th, 2011

    I’ve recently bought a lavender rose called lady X. When i bought it from a local nursery it was already pruned, and it seems to be growing slower than all the other roses that i bought. Does this type of flower take longer to start growing buds?

  16. admin on July 15th, 2011

    Hi Natalie
    if it was pruned hard that is the most likely reason why it’s slow to produce buds. Give it some liquid seaweed (every couple of weeks) to help it get going and also a feed if you haven’t already with a quality rose fertilizer.

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