Polyantha rose for durability-what companion rose for scent?
I'm planting my first rose this season and after research and questions to the local Hudson Valley forum, have decided a polyantha would be best. It's cold hardiness, disease/pest resistance, thorniness (less than a rugosa) and slight attractivness to deer means it's the real winner. BUT I'm going to miss the scent of a rose! I'd like a recommendation for interplanting a polyantha with another species which has a scent. I've got almost 150 feet of unobstructed space along my deck which gets ALOT of sun and great air circulation (but not wind). From ground to deck height is a good 4-5 feet. I'd like a taller rose which isn't a bush type and wouldn't be so needy as to require full time maintenance. I can either plant scented roses in back for height and shorter polyantha in front or do a "tall rose-space-polyantha-space" series all the way around. Recommendations please!