Type: David Austin

A near perfect rose. Its classically shaped, old-fashioned rose blooms are a lovely, soft pink, which is perfect for this delicate, cup-shaped beauty. One of the most outstanding of the English Roses. Its medium sized 3 1/2" blooms (petals 30) are true perfection in form and fragrance, which has a strong heady fragrance with a touch of lemon. A vigorous, bushy plant with few thorns. Excellent repeat blooming characteristics. Performs well in partial shade and makes a great cut flower.

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Alternate Name(s) English Heritage
Specifc ARS Score 8.4
Bloom Type Cupped, Fully Double
Breeder Code AUSblush
Characteristics Breeder, Cutting, Fragrance, Shade, Thornless
Specific Color Soft pink
Country of Origin England
Fragrance Exceptionally Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # No
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Shade Tolerant Yes
Approximate Size 4-5' x 4'
Year 1984


Customer Reviews (20)

I bought so many different roses this year and still it standard out Review by Kim
I love all my roses. Some more than others I must admit. This beauty makes me smile when I see it. It is such a large rose and smells so nice. I would definitely recommend it! (Posted on 10/18/2017)
What makes it the "near perfect rose"?Review by "Mo"
What makes 'Heritage' described as the "near perfect rose"? There are so many lovely reviews for that, I almost wonder what I can add. I guess the only real question is "what doesn't make her near perfect? W-e-l-l, there's ah..., then there's...., and of course.... Gosh! I can't think of a single thing! It is such a beautiful color, just so soft; the fragrance is lovely; very anti-disease (even in my bit of shade); loves to bloom (she's kind of a show off actually); and just says, "Take care of me, and I'll shine for you." Nope, I can't think of a single bad thing to say about "Heritage." (Posted on 9/28/2017)
Flowers and Fragrance Review by Michael
Heritage surprised me. I was worried about it with the rain and hail we had early on, it barely grew. Then all of the sudden, the plant took off. Once the buds formed, we've had plenty of fragrant flowers. It is one rose that I may have to plant more of! The only problem is: I may lose some vegetable garden space! (Posted on 9/21/2017)
Delicate beautyReview by Anastasia
Love this rose. Received this summer and had beautiful delicate blooms this first year. Looking forward to seeing it grow and mature (Posted on 9/6/2017)
Fantastic rose even in the first yearReview by Tara
I love the rounded classic shape of Heritage. Even this first year it is growing nicely and blooming beautifully (Posted on 8/30/2017)
two weeks in and a rose bush full of budsReview by Susan
I am amazed at how hearty this rose is. In three weeks it is chock o block with buds and I cannot wait to see them all bloom. (Posted on 7/4/2017)
The best rose!Review by Rick
I planted three heritage in my front border. They grew very quickly the first year. I have been so impress oh how disease resistant they have become. The rose smells really amazing. This plant is a keeper! (Posted on 11/17/2016)
Lovely ColorReview by jenna
Adore this rose, amazed at how fast this tiny branch took off! Blooms don't last very long, and are fragile, but the perfect pale pink! (Posted on 5/17/2016)
Really great rose!Review by Alison_8b
I've had this rose for about 2 years now, it's not in the best location, in front of my brick house, and it gets 4-6 hours of sun... and it still blooms! This rose smells so good too, like lemon and rose. The blooms don't shatter as fast as others i think because its protected by the house from the wind more than most, so they last about 2-3 days on the plant as long as it doesn't rain. This rose is a more heavy feeder than my others to bloom so it likes fish emulsions and i sprinkle used coffee grounds, banana peels and alfalfa meal more so than on my others. It does have a slower start than my others, but it might just be because of the location in partial shade. Very bushy growth to grow into a shrub. I got 3 to plant closer together to make a better statement. BS's a little in my Gulf Coast FL garden. (Posted on 5/10/2016)
Fantastic in NOVAReview by Patrick
I have this in my front yard which I purchased from here about 5 years ago. It is now huge and sends some canes over 6' easy. It has very little thorns and just seems to be almost disease free except for thrips do like this plant. I use the Bayer 3in1, Dr Earth rose fertilizer, and neptune's fish/seaweed blend on it. When the thrips take after it, I do spray it with Bayer's Insect, Disease, and Mite Control to take them out. If you don't they discolor the flower's edges to a ugly brown.

I have 20+ roses and live in Northern VA. This plant is one of my favorites. I wish I planted an entire row of them to create a hedge. BTW, this thing took off from a small banded pot right away. Also, I've never had a problem with deer eating it either. Buy it! (Posted on 3/26/2016)
Exquisite!Review by Helen
Color, form and fragrance are truly exquisite! It is an exemplary Old English Rose. its only drawback is that it does not last as a cut flower--after a day or two it falls apart. Well worth having. though! (Posted on 12/27/2015)
Heritage Rose, my personal favorite and a beautiful rose at that!Review by Vito
I love the size and shape of the blooms this Heritage rose puts out! The Heritage also has a wonderful bouquet of fragrance! I just love mine and I grew up spending time with my Mother and Father caring for our rose garden at our house. I look forward to sharing this rose with my family! This rose does well in my USDA Zone of 8b. I also love the continual blooms this rose puts out! I have always been fond of roses and this one is my all time favorite! Thank you Heirloom Roses for carrying this rose! I love the David Austin English Roses you sell! (Posted on 5/7/2015)
Smells greatReview by Maggie
This rose smells great! Doesn't hold it's pedals long though. Bloomed the first year and lots! (Posted on 6/23/2014)
My favorite roseReview by Deborah
I bought 7 roses from Heirloom roses last year. Followed the planting directions to the letter. All of my roses did ok with some some better than others, however, THIS rose literally grew like a weed. I had blooms all summer. This bush is already 4ft tall and, yes, that is with appropriate pruning. This spring it was loaded with dozens of blooms and has not been in the ground a year yet. I live in the California desert and it gets sun most of the day with temps 115-120 at the height of summer. I planted it near the patio by our master bedroom and the fragrance that wafts in through the open slider is heavenly. The description given for this rose is right on. Nearly thornless, exceptionally fragrant, and a prolific and continuous bloomer. If you're looking for a rose that rewards you for your efforts almost immediately, this is it. (Posted on 5/6/2014)
SpectacularReview by Soozin
I've had this rose perhaps 10-12 years and it IS so beautiful, reliable, scented and repeatedly filled with blossoms. pruned off winter hips & crossed branches yesterday (4/1/14 in central PA) and it will be gracefully arched by mid summer and I'll prune to shape or rid of blossoms to help its repeating... may do something about black spot shortly... noticed a bit last 2 years. I am now ordering one for my God-daughter. (Posted on 4/2/2014)
One of my best roses -- Austin, TexasReview by Trevor
The Heritage is one of the best roses in my garden, outperforming most of my other 40-some varieties of roses, including many David Austins. I planted it three years ago in a small bed beside my pergola. Despite being in competition with two large vines planted just a few feet away, the Heritage thrived immediately and reached mature height (about 6 feet here in Texas) by the end of its second season. It would go a couple feet taller if I allowed it. Despite the tremendous heat and long growing season in Austin (Zone 7b), the growth is even and fairly orderly. Instead of putting up a few big canes with numerous tiny branches, the Heritage tends to put up lots of mid-sized, thornless canes, which gives it a clean appearance by Southern standards and makes it easy to prune. The disease resistance is very good, but it does succumb to blackspot now and then. It's never very bad, though, and I've never bothered to spray. The bush is so vigorous that healthy leaves bounce back quickly and allow the bush to continue blooming without any ill effect.

The flowering characteristics are fantastic. I would say it's one of the most consistent bloomers in the garden. It gives a really strong show first thing in the spring, usually early to mid April, blooms less intensely throughout the summer, and finally gives another strong flush in the fall (late November and even December in TX). I want to dwell on this summer blooming. It's incredibly spectacular. I routinely get big, luscious, fragrant clusters of blooms throughout the heat of the Texas summer, continuing without interruption even in the scorching months of July and August when temps daily exceed 100+ and nighttime temps never fall below 75-80.

The only real downside to this rose is that it does not make a good cut flower. The petals begin to fall almost immediately after picking. I personally don't mind, as I prefer to enjoy my roses *in* the garden, not in a vase. In any case, the fragrance more than makes up for it. There is almost continually a cloud of sweet, citrusy fragrance surrounding the bush, and the fragile petals, which fall a few days after blooming, add to the aroma and have a pretty effect when spread across the ground in their great numbers. The local critters seem to prefer this bush, too. It probably attracts the most bees and butterflies of all my roses, and my pet Sulcata tortoise spends a lot of him time beneath the Heritage, munching on the fragrant (and presumably tasty) rose petals that fall from the bush.

Overall I would highly recommend the Heritage, especially for Southern gardens, owing to its disease resistance and fantastic tolerance of heat. (Posted on 3/24/2014)
THE Best David Austin RoseReview by SPJS
'Heritage' is a stunningly beautiful David Austin rose--it's very highly rated by observers (and I am a professional). I've grown Heritage personally for ten years now. It far outperforms every other David Austin rose in my garden and has better disease resistance. It actually bloomed under a large shade tree; then I moved it up the garden when that tree came down in a storm. Then I moved it back down a few years later. So the poor gal has been subjected to my "garden editing" efforts a few times. Heritage is now a solid, strongly performing shrub rose for me. She goes to 6 ft high by 4 wide. She's NOT leggy in the traditional sense of the word--but the strength of the bush is between 3-6 feet off the ground, so important to prune accordingly. Just give her time. Loaded with blooms in both 2012 and 2013 during the June peak (50 at one time) then slowly through the season to a last hoorah in late October. I am in the Chicago area on the margin of Zones 5 and 6. The rose is located in medium loam and receives 5 hours direct sunlight per day. Hope this helps anyone who is on the fence: 'Heritage' is a truly elegant, nicely scented and subtlely toned SOLID LANDSCAPING ROSE. (Posted on 6/21/2013)
Heritage is a keeper!Review by Mike's Mom in western NYS
I planted this nearest the path because I knew it was nearly thornless. How lucky for me because the scent is intoxicating and there at every walk by. These lovely shell pink full, rounded roses have a true rose scent topped with a touch of lemon. Unforgettable. Blooms right after Redoute'. No disease problems and winters well here in upstate New York. (Posted on 6/21/2013)
bloomed the first yearReview by sos
This is a great plant. It grew to actual size very quickly and bloomed vigorously the very first year. I planted it next to my peonys, it is similar in size and begins to bloom just after my peonys have finished their flowering. (Posted on 5/9/2013)
Love this RoseReview by Cindy
I love the full, soft pink blooms on this rose. The fragrance is wonderful too. My bush seems to struggle to put out blooms.
My bush has Very few flowers at any given time, and they are smaller than the specs say they should be. However, it continued to bloom until the first hard frost, which for me was November last year. It was pretty nice to be bringing roses in, in November.
The biggest drawback is that the bush itself is quite leggy, and probably best with some low growing plants in front of it. (Posted on 3/28/2013)

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