So roses, along with the tomato, grape, and New England aster, have been abused beyond recognition by breeders in seaech of the perfect plastic plant. In the case of the rose, it has apparently lost much if its scent. We old-timers know that store-bought produce lost their flavor decades ago. And over-bred native plants lose vigor, ecological value, and suitability in the natural landscape.
This article suggests that we might be able to get both good looks AND value, through genetic engineering. Click here to read more about the rose. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11716062/Forgotten-scent-of-roses-could-be-reawakened-by-scientists.html
I think my wife would like the researchers to figure out how to get good value out of me, or was that good looks? They’d have to pick one ’cause I don’t think they could handle both!