Autumn in the Heritage Rose Garden
Saturday, September 26, 2015
9 am - 2 pm
At our event last September, 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'.
Photos from previous eventsA basket of rose hips from many varieties of roses
Our sales tables set up and ready >
Dave Bang demonstrated methods of propagating roses.
Varieties of Roses available for September 2015
There may be a few changes to the available roses between now and Sept 26. Roses are $20 for most, $15 for one-gallon plants, and there will be a few bargain roses as well. Cash only!
|'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.|
|'Mel's Heritage' (see on the 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.”
|'Orange Triumph' (see at 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.
|"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.|
|'Baby Shower' (see at 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.|
|'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.)|
'Thorsbyana' Ayrshire 1840 Bennett
|'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.|
|'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.’|
'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.|
|'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|
|"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|
|'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|
|"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.|
|'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.|
|'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! It's at P-25-22. 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.|
|'Rosy Cushion' (see at O-14-0.5) 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.|
|'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, quickly fading white, are carried in clusters. Moderate fragrance. 4 to 11 petals. Beware the prickles! — Both of Lens’ “Surprise” Shrubs are worthy burglar deterrents. (Our plant is across from the shed, next to Bishop Darlington)|
|'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. 2 plants (Our plant is on the Santa Clara University fence at SC-40-2). 2 plants.|
|'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.|
|'Souvenir de la Malmaison, Cl.' Bourbon Bennett 1892
The bush form of justly-famed ‘Souv. De la Malmaison’ was introduced in France, in 1843 — the climbing form appeared a half-century later, half a world away, in Australia. ‘Souv. de la Malmaison, Cl’, may bloom less than the bush form, but it is hands -down more vigorous. Blooms are light pink, with subtle cream shading. The fragrance is described as “moderate” — BUT . . . Curator of Roses Jill Perry finds it among the most fragrant of roses, describing the scent as that of “Fruit- Brandy” The bloom form . . AH! The bloom form is famously, gracefully, quartered, making ‘Souv. de la Malmaison’ the quintessential Old Garden Rose.
|'Sympathie' LCl Kordes 1964 (see at N-9.5-99)|
|'Verdi' (see at N-11-4) HMsk Lens 1984|
|'Stanwell Perpetual' (see at O-20.5-99); HMsk Lee 1838
A well named rose! Nearly always in bloom, even through our mild winters.
|'Carnea Plena' O-22-15 HSpn 3 plants.||See Photo|
|"Ferndale Red China" (see at K-4-1) China Found rose.|
|'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.
|'Comtesse Doria' (see at O-19-5) Moss Portemer 1854
A lovely souble mauve-pink
|"Vina Banksia" (on the SCU fence at SC-62-4) Banks Found rose|
Probably Purezza by Mansuino, 1961
|"Northside Pink" HP or Bourbon Found rose|
A possible sport of Grandmother's Hat, it may bloom a bit darker.
|'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.
|"Aunt Margy's Rose" (see at O-6-3) Pol Found |
Small, very double pink blooms. 3 plants.
|'Duchesse de Grammont' (see at N-5-13) Noisette before 1838 |
Clusters of pink buds open to small white double blooms on a large bush.
|'Bijou' see at P-2-27 Poly De Ruiter 1932|
|'Lady Alice Stanley' (see at L-16-21, L-16-9) HT McGredy 1909|
|'Sunny South' (see at L-19-20) HT Clark 1918|
|"Mt. Vernon Purple Noisette" (see at N-11-23) N Found rose|
|'Windermere' (see at M-27.5-0) HWich Chaplin Bros.1932. 2 plants.|
|'Reine Olga de Wurtemburg' (not in garden) Cl. HT Nabonnand 1881||See photo|
|'Baby Donnie' (see at M-6-24) Min 1972|
|"Tylor Carll" (see at P-22-15) HCh/HP Found rose|
|'Lawrence Johnston' Cl. Per Hilling 1923||See photo|
|'Blaze' (on Santa Clara Univ. fence) HMult Kallay 1932||See photo|
|'Her Majesty' (see at P-17-10, P-17-6) HP Bennett 1885|
|A White Seedling Polyantha Poly
We found this in the garden years ago, but it was growing with the Hybrid Teas. It's time for it to find a better home.
|'Mme Caroline Küster' (see at K-13-8 or 11-27) Tea Pernet 1872 |
A pale orange-yellow, fading to white
|'Red Coat' (on the Santa Clara Univ. fence) Austin 1973|
A nearly single red English rose, grows upright and tall.
|'Cl. Gold Star' Shrub Tantau 1966|
This shrub grows 7' to 8', and could also be called a Large-flowered Climber. Not available for sale elsewhere in the US.
|'May Queen' (see at N-11.5-99) HWich Van Fleet 1899|
Re-propagated from the last of our original tall weeping standards.
|'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
|"Huntington Pink Tea" (see at K-15-12) Tea Found Rose|
|'Sunsprite' (see at M-11-19) Fl Kordes 1973|
|'Cheshire Life' (see at M-18-8) HT Fryer 1972
|'Peppermint Swirl' (see at M-27-13) HT Marciel 1989
|'Heidi Jayne' (see at M-22-17) HT Esser 1986
|'Chrysler Imperial' HT Lammerts 1952
|'Just Joey' (see at L-26-19.5) HT Cants 1972
|'Hoot n Holler' Min Moore 1993
Roses donated to us by Vintage Gardens
With the closing last year of Vintage Gardens, many of these roses are no longer commercially available.
- Flora #2, (Raspberry Ripple) HSet See Photo
- "Ritchie's Red Climber" ClHT
- Virginian Rambler HArv <1885
- Leverkusen 1954 ClFl See Photo
- Rosa palustris scandens Sp See Photo
- 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.