Follow your nose to one of these noteworthy Midwest gardens for dazzling rose displays and heaps of planting inspiration.

April 06, 2015
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Photo courtesy of Olbrich Botanical Gardens/Joe DeMaio

Rose Garden at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin A more casual, prairie-style garden blends roses with perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and annuals. Climb the two-story Rose Garden Tower for overviews. (608) 246-4550;

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Rose Garden at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Photo courtesy of Olbrich Botanical Gardens/Joe DeMaio

Krasberg Rose Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois A rose-shape fountain bubbles amid 5,000-plus Midwest-friendly roses. Gardeners will find many ideas for planting companions. (847) 835-5440;

Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa Iowa State's Griffith Buck was a pioneer in breeding carefree, cold-tolerant roses. The low-maintenance formal garden features dozens of his varieties, plus perennial pairing ideas. (515) 294-2710;

Park of Roses in Whetstone Park, Columbus, Ohio More than 12,000 roses carpet one of the country's largest public rose gardens. The 13-acre park includes an Italianate rose garden, a heritage garden and an Earth-Kind garden with easy-care varieties. (614) 645-3391;