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.

"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
"Keith's Bourbon-noisette"    (P-11-4)    Red buds open to small cupped white flowers. Repeats over and over throughout the season. Found at an old Victorian home in Santa Cruz, where it's probably been growing for 130 years or more. Keith's Bourbon-noisette
'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.) 2 plants. 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

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'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
"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
'Alba Odorata'   HBr  Marianis 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
'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. 2 plants. Ferndale Red China
'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. 2 plants
Plate Bande
"Aunt Margy's Rose"   (see at O-6-3)  Pol    Found
Small, very double pink blooms.
Aunt Margy's Rose
'Sunny South'   (see at L-19-20)  HT    Clark 1918 Sunny South
'Baby Donnie'   (see at M-6-24)  Min    1972 Baby Donnie
'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.
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'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. 2 plants.
'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
2 plants.
'Heidi Jayne'   (see at M-22-17)  HT    Esser 1986
Heidi Jayne
"Legacy of Iola Maule"  Cl HT     
To my mind, the Found Rose — the rose which has survived on its own, without irrigation or care through years when it was forgotten — that is the finest sort of rose. It’s particularly the finest choice in a day of diminishing water resources. Thus, we have this cemetery rose from northern California. A treasure for the rosarian with a sense of adventure, and a desire to preserve the treasures of the past.
Legacy of Iola Maule
'Hoot n Holler'    Min    Moore 1993
This is a great mini, vigorous and very floriferous. 4 plants.
Hoot n Holler
Ritchie's Red Climber"  Cl. HT  Found rose   
'Virginian Rambler'  HArv <1885     
We grow this on the Santa Clara University fence at location 42-4. Light pink, smaller and paler than Mlle. Cecile Brunner, very fragrant.
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'Casino'  LCl  McGredy 1963   
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'Annie Laurie McDowell'  LCl  Rupert 2001   
Kim Rupert sent us cuttings of this lovely creation of his.
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'Opal Brunner'  Cl F  Marshall 1948   
Salmon pink with a mild musk fragrance
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'Lyda Rose'  Shrub  Lettunich 1994   
The breeder wanted a reblooming Francis E. Lester, and bred this lovely shrub
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'Lady Ann Kidwell'  Pol     
A clone of one of our excellent plants of this wonderful rose, more Tea than Polyantha.
'Lo and Behold'  Mini-flora  Desamero 2008   
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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 Roses and Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

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

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