Autumn in the Heritage Rose Garden

Varieties of Roses available

The following roses are leftover from our sale in September. They are available to donate to public gardens, parks, cemeteries and schools. If interested, contact Jill Perry (see bottom of page). You would have to come to the garden during our Weds. or Sat. morning workdays to get them.

Also, at our event, 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

Jeri Jennings created a downloadable Catalog in PDF format which you can get by clicking on Catalog. 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'.

'American Pillar'  On the Santa Clara Univ. fence  Rambler  Van Fleet  1902   This well known old rambler is a blooming machine in late spring. See Photo
'Mel's Heritage'  Nursery fence.  seedling × Crepuscule, Paul Barden, 2009
Peachy pink/copper blooms, fading to pale pink, on a tall, lax, climbing rose from 8’ to possible 20’ Smallish (2.5-in) but very full pom-pom blooms are carried in generous clusters. The uncommon apple fragrance is a delightful surprise – and one you won’t soon forget. The fragrance floats on the air, delighting passers-by. ‘Mel’s Heritage’ repeats quickly, for almost-continuous color. Glossy foliage is a rich medium green. This beauty combines the Wichurana and Noisette classes, to create a climber that seems custom-made for California gardens: Vigorous, heat-tolerant, and resistant to blackspot, mildew, and rust. In almost any garden, this beauty should “shine” as a Climber, Ground-Cover, or Pillar Rose. Rights to this rose were a gift from hybridizer Paul Barden to the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, in memory of the garden’s late Director, Col. Mel Hulse – who was its greatest fan. We know Mel’s smiling — knowing that it is here, today.
Paul Barden said of ‘Mel’s Heritage’: “It’s one of those seedlings that ALMOST slipped through my fingers and into the compost pile. It survived solely because of Mel's decision to plant it on the fence at the Heritage. If it were not for him, it would be long gone. This may well turn out to be a superb repeating Rambler for many California climates. It has a lovely scent.” 3 plants.
Mel's Heritage
'Orange Triumph'  P-7-6, P-7-22  1937  Kordes
No, it's not orange, it's red. The classification is Floribunda or Polyantha, but its ancestry includes Hybrid Musk and Wichurana rambler. We grow it with the Polyanthas.
Orange Triumph
'Baby Shower' O-22-28   Cl. Mini    Per the breeder (whose name is not listed!) this rose has no Miniature breeding in its pedigree. And yet, here it is — covered in spring with lightly-fragrant, very dainty pink and white blooms. ‘Baby Shower’ was never registered, nor placed in commerce — but Sequoia Nursery offered it, from time-to-time, via its “Supplemental” list. Baby Shower
‘Blushing Beauty’ (not in the garden) LCl   Burbank   1934
We grow this on the Santa Clara University fence. It’s a nice once blooming climber, pale pink, double.Lovely pale pink, double blooms make a striking contrast to glossy, deep green leaves. Not in Commerce.
Blushing Beauty
'Galaxy'    Moore  1980  
A deep red miniature.
See Photo
'Lorrie Freeman- not'  P-7-32   Hybrid Multiflora        This is supposed to be a dwarf sport of Dortmund, named for one of the founders of our garden. But we've realized that the space has been taken over by a multiflora rambler, and our plants are that rambler, not the original hybrid Kordesii. It's a pretty rose- semi-double, medium pink with a white stripe in the center of most petals. multi
'Petite Pink Scotch'  Found at an old plantation in North Carolina in 1949. It makes a mounding shrub, suitable for a hillside or cascading over a small wall. See Photo

'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 for of Rosa arvensis.” Small, semi-double-to-double white flowers have a musk fragrance, and bloom in clusters. Once-blooming spring or summer.

See Photo
'Rise n Shine'   Min  1977   Moore See Photo
'Charles Metroz'   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? CMetroz
'Hoot Owl'   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. See Photo
'Britannia'   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'   Pol  Soupert & Notting 1912    Another polyantha from Jim Delahanty. A delightfully-bushy, short (to 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? See Photo
"Orange-blend Floribunda"   Fl  This rose plant was given to us, and we don't know what it is, but it's a lovely blend of orange and yellow, and blooms most of the time.    ob flor
'Suetta SE'   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
'Jens Munk'   HRugosa  Svejda 1964    Exquisite 3-Inch pink blooms of 17-25 petals, bourn in clusters. Bloom form is cupped. Repeats in flushes through the season. The plant ranges from 4– to 7-ft. x 4– to 5-ft. in width, and is well-armed with prickles. Highly disease-resistant. Take a look! This is GORGEOUS! See Photo
'Cooper's Burmese'   Species hybrid  Origin uncertain    This is related to Rosa laevigata (the Cherokee rose), and will get very large. Cooper's
'Rosy Cushion'   Shrub  Ilsink 1979   A handsome Shrub, well-armed with prickles, covered with an abundance of Light pink blooms, centered white. Blooms are small, single to semi-double, bourn in large clusters. ‘Rosy Cushion’ (like its parent, ‘Yesterday,’ blooms prolifically through the season. See Photo
'Pink Surprise'   HBr  Lens 1987    This Shrub of generous size (8-ft? 10-ft.?) and incredible disease resistance repeats very well in mild-climate gardens. Light pink blooms, with a white reverse and red stamens, are carried in clusters. Moderate fragrance. 4 to 11 petals. Beware the prickles! — Both of Lens’ “Surprise” Shrubs are worthy burglar deterrents. See Photo
'Alba Odorata'   HBr  Mariani 1834    Blooms pristine white, shaded pale straw yellow at the center, and strongly-fragrant. This is a big, BIG vigorous rose, useful as a climber, IF the gardener can cope with numerous, straight, long prickles. Strong fragrance. Medium-large, double (17-25 petals), flat bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Check out the fuzzy buds! This rose can keep the cattle penned in, and burglars out. Alba Odorata
'Lipstick'   Fl  Vershuren 1940    Lightly-fragrant clusters of 2-inch Cerise blooms are shaded salmon-pink. This rare rose remains well-worth growing. lip
'Verdi'   HMsk  Lens 1984    Verdi
'Stanwell Perpetual'   HMsk  Lee 1838    Stanwell Perpetual
'Carnea Plena'   O-22-15  HSpn    3 plants.

Roses donated to us by Vintage Gardens

With the closing this year of Vintage Gardens, many of these roses will no longer be commercially available.

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, Vintage Gardens and Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

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

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