Available Roses at the Heritage Rose Garden

At our event in September, 2014, Tamara Cermak Johnson gave a great talk about drought tolerant roses, and things you can do to encourage drought tolerance in roses. We now have the notes from her talk, which you can download as a PDF here: Talk on Drought Tolerance and Roses

You may also be interested in the self guided tour of the Heritage Rose Garden, which you can download by clicking on 'Tour of Rose History'.

Varieties of Roses available:

If you are interested in any of these roses, contact the Curator, Jill Perry, via the link at the bottom of the page.

'Edith Perry' (see at K-9-9)   Tea, NIC, Seedling of Bon Silene, and named for the Curator's Mother-in-Law. Light/medium pink. Like its parent, it blooms over and over throughout the year. Edith Perry
"Paris Childhood" (see at L-10-33)   Polyantha  Found   This little white polyantha came to us from the collection of the late James Delahanty. No longer commercially available. Paris Childhood
'Gloire Lyonnaise'  Hybrid Perpetual/Hybrid Tea  Guillot  1884  This is a wonderful repeat blooming creamy white rose, well suited for our climate. It makes a large shrub, or can be trained as a climber. (You can see it at N-18-24 as a free-standing shrub and at O-24.5-99 as a climber.) Gloire Lyonnaise

'Thorsbyana'   Ayrshire  1840    Bennett
Mr.Bennet, gardener to Lord Manners at Thoresby, discovered this seedling, circa 1835-1840, growing in a hedge at Thoresby in Nottinghamshire. Described as “a double form of Rosa arvensis.” Small, semi-double-to-double white flowers have a musk fragrance, and bloom in clusters. Once-blooming spring or summer. Best grown as a climber, we have it on the Santa Clara University fence at SC-55-4

See Photo
'Lemon Blush'  (on nursery fence)   Alba  Sievers 1976    Crossing an Alba with a modern Hybrid Tea Rose produced this large, hefty shrub, growing a good 7' — or even taller. Though it is a once-bloomer (like its Alba parent) ‘Lemon Blush’ has been known to repeat generously in late Fall. Blooms are strongly fragrant, VERY double, light golden yellow fading cream. Lemon Blush
'Stars n Stripes'   Min  Moore 1976    Ralph Moore released ‘Stars n Stripes’ in 1976, just in time for America’s Bicentennial. The late Jerry Justice noted that ‘Stars n Stripes’ is one of the classic striped miniatures that made Mr. Moore famous. Moreover, it is the ancestor of many of today’s modern striped roses. Without ‘Stars n Stripes,’ there would be no ‘Fourth of July,’ and no ‘Scentimental’! AND its’ stripes were inherited from its grandparent — the Hybrid Perpetual, ‘Ferdinand Pichard.’ Stars n Stripes

'Charles Metroz' (see at P-5-25)  Pol  Vve Schwartz 1900   A lovely Polyantha was bred by The Widow (Vve) Schwartz — the creator of one of the most loved roses ever: ‘Mlle. Cecile Brunner.’ This beauty blooms “China pink, tinted Salmon-pink and carmine . . . ” Oh, and FYI, there is now NO COMMERCIAL SOURCE in the United States for this very rare Polyantha. Who could resist?


'Hoot Owl'   (see at P-3-3) Min  Moore 1990    A bright and cheerful smaller Ralph Moore Miniature — Single red blooms have a bright white “eye” and yellow stamens. ‘Hoot Owl’ makes a plant anywhere from 12-ins. To 24-ins.. Expect it to bloom through the year. Hoot Owl
'Sea Foam'   Shrub  Schwartz 1963    This 1963 Shrub Rose is a champion of the Earthkind Trials. Small, creamy-white, many-petalled blooms are held in clusters on a spreading bush that’s wider than it is tall. 2 plants Sea Foam
"Huilito"  (see at K-8-10) China  found in Texas   A delightful China Rose, found in Texas, and distributed first through the Antique Rose Emporium, Brenham, TX. Look to ‘Huilito’ for a continuous serving of small, ruffled, double, pink blooms on a compact plant to perhaps 3 ft. One rosarian notes that “Huilito” is: “Delicate in form, both the plant and its intensely fragrant bloom. Twiggy growth suggests China ancestry, but the scent is pure Bourbon. 2 plants. See Photo
'Britannia'   (see at O-7-10) Pol  Burbage 1929   Our plants labeled Britannia turned out to be Papa Hémeray, so we got cuttings of this from Jim Delehanty, who grew both and could tell them apart. The real ‘Britannia’ is a small, rather twiggy plant, bearing generous clusters of single red blooms with a sparkling white center, displaying yellow stamens. Small blooms are mildly fragrant. Repeats through the year Brit
'Jeanny Soupert'   (see at P-5-13) Pol  Soupert & Notting 1912    Another polyantha from Jim Delahanty. A delightfully-bushy, 3-ft. compact rose bearing large clusters of small, fragrant, white blooms, just shaded blush. Blooms is continuous, through the year. What’s not to like? 3 plants See Photo
'Suetta SE'  (see at M-28-7) HT  found.    This rose, a beautiful yellow blend, no longer grows in the cemetery where we originally found it, so we are glad that it flourishes in the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden — and that it can also brighten YOUR garden. Suetta
"Bald Mountain"  L-28-9    HP/HT  found    A gift from a rancher near Sonora, it has done very well in San Jose. Blooms are large, medium pink, full and fragrant Bald Mtn
'Lipstick'   (see at L-9-31) Fl  Vershuren 1940    Lightly-fragrant clusters of 2-inch Cerise blooms are shaded salmon-pink. This rare rose remains well-worth growing. lip
'Sympathie'   LCl  Kordes 1964    (see at N-9.5-99) Sympathie
'Verdi'   (see at N-11-4) HMsk  Lens 1984    Verdi
'Stanwell Perpetual'  (see at O-20.5-99);   HMsk  Lee 1838
A well named rose! Nearly always in bloom, even through our mild winters.
Stanwell Perpetual
"Ferndale Red China"   (see at K-4-1)  China    Found rose. Ferndale Red China
'Laure Davoust'   (see at O-18.5-0)  Hybrid Multiflora Rambler    Laffay 1834
A beautiful pink, double bloom, small flowers in clusters. This rambler will get as big as you allow it to. Good on pillars, pergolas, fences.
Laure Davoust
'Comtesse Doria'   (see at O-19-5)  Moss    Portemer 1854
A lovely souble mauve-pink
Comtesse Doria
"Northside Pink"   HP or Bourbon    Found rose
A possible sport of Grandmother's Hat, it may bloom a bit darker.
Northside Pink
'Milestone'  (see at M-21-38)  HT    Warriner 1983
We were offered cuttings of roses from a home in Campbell, and this was a 'must-have', a beautiful double red with pink shadings. Lucky for one of you, we had two cuttings grow.
'Plate Bande'   (see at O-6-20)  Pol   Lille 1887
This variety, aka Rosa polyantha nana, is often grown from seed. Ours are from cuttings of Jim Delahanty's plant. Small single, pink-white blend flowers.
Plate Bande
"Aunt Margy's Rose"   (see at O-6-3)  Pol    Found
Small, very double pink blooms. 3 plants.
Aunt Margy's Rose
'Bijou'   see at P-2-27  Poly    De Ruiter 1932 Bijou
'Sunny South'   (see at L-19-20)  HT    Clark 1918 Sunny South
"Mt. Vernon Purple Noisette"   (see at N-11-23)  N    Found rose Mt. Vernon Purple Noisette
'Baby Donnie'   (see at M-6-24)  Min    1972 Baby Donnie
"Tylor Carll"   (see at P-22-15)  HCh/HP    Found rose Tylor Carll
'Her Majesty'   (see at P-17-10, P-17-6)  HP    Bennett 1885 Her Majesty
'Mme Caroline Küster'   (see at K-13-8 or 11-27)  Tea    Pernet 1872
A pale orange-yellow, fading to white
Mme Caroline Küster
'Red Coat'   (on the Santa Clara Univ. fence)  Austin    1973
A nearly single red English rose, grows upright and tall.
See photo
'May Queen'   (see at N-11.5-99)  HWich    Van Fleet 1899
Re-propagated from the last of our original tall weeping standards.
May Queen
'Hermosa'   (see at P-9-26 and 27)  China-Bourbon    Marcheseau 1834
Found in a cemetery. We have more than enough Hermosas in the garden already. But you can't beat it for near constant bloom and excellent drought tolerance.
'Geschwister Scholl'   Poly    Berger   <1974
Another rose from Jim Delahanty's collection
Geschwister Scholl
"Huntington Pink Tea"   (see at K-15-12)  Tea    Found Rose
Huntington Pink Tea
'Sunsprite'   (see at M-11-19)  Fl    Kordes 1973
6 plants.
'Cheshire Life'   (see at M-18-8)  HT    Fryer 1972
Cheshire Life
'Peppermint Swirl'   (see at M-27-13)  HT    Marciel 1989
Peppermint Swirl
'Heidi Jayne'   (see at M-22-17)  HT    Esser 1986
Heidi Jayne
'Chrysler Imperial'    HT    Lammerts 1952
Chrysler Imperial
'Just Joey'   (see at L-26-19.5)  HT    Cants 1972
Just Joey
'Hoot n Holler'    Min    Moore 1993
Hoot n Holler

Roses donated to us by Vintage Gardens

  • "Ritchie's Red Climber" ClHT  
  • Purity 1917 LCl
  • Roses donated by Burlington Rose Nursery:

    This page was produced by Jill Perry with help and pictures from David Giroux, Jeri Jennings, Cliff Orent, Anita Clevenger, Judy Eitzen, Masha McLaughlin, Friends of Vintage Rosess and Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

    This page was last updated on 8/21/14.

    Address comments to Jill Perry


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