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 (25)

The best of the bestReview by Donna Lee
My favorite, along with Zephirine Drouhin, of my roses. Received and planted in a container pot this spring in partial shade. Zone 8B. Healthy growth with few thorns. The large buds are slow to open and when brought inside last, opening slowly to a beautiful and elegant cupped flower of the most delicate pink with a wonderful fragrance.
A dream rose that makes all the work and cost worthwhile. (Posted on 6/24/2018)
Heritage is AgelessReview by CWY
Michigan - zone 5. I started growing David Austin's English Roses in 1993. We planted our first roses when I was 6 months pregnant. Well, my son is now 24 and my original Heritage shrub is still going strong. For many years, it has survived benign neglect and it still blooms like crazy. I prune dead wood and any left over late blooms in spring before leaves pop out. I prune back to just above 4' every year. This is a hardy, fragrant, almost thornless, shrub. One of my absolute favorites. (Posted on 6/3/2018)
So worth the wait!Review by Pamela
Planted in zone 9 last fall. Just began blooming... What a beautiful show! Too many blooms to count. (Posted on 5/23/2018)
Very happpy with this rose Review by Gardenjoy
My heritage rose is doing great during the first year of planting and I live in Charleston, SC - known for summer heat and humidity. The blooms are beautiful and the smell is divine. So far, so good :) (Posted on 5/7/2018)
Delicate BeautyReview by Crystal
This is an lovely, delicate rose that is such a pale pink that the flowers sometimes appear white. It has an amazing scent , which is exactly why I purchased it. I am in zone 9b and because of the heat, the flowers get wilty during the day and lose their petals within about 2 days so this may not be the best rose for this zone. I still love it though and don't regret the purchase. (Posted on 4/12/2018)
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)

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