A very ancient group of varieties. The first Damask roses are thought to have arrived in Europe at the time of the crusades. They are most highly prized for their incredible fragrance, some varieties have long been used by perfumeries in the Middle East for making attar of roses. Damask roses are the best group for making pot-pourri. The colour range is pinks and whites, and most flower for 3 to 4 weeks each summer. their habit lends well to companion planting in mixed shrubberies or herbaceous borders.