Date of Introduction: 1985
Hybridizer: David Austin
Parentage: A sport x (‘Iceberg’ x ‘Wife of Bath’)
“Heritage”, introduced by David Austin in 1985, is a very soft pink English Rose. “Heritage” is one of the well known David Austin roses and still much loved in spite of all the new David Austin introductions. Blooms are medium size, (3-3.5 inches), double about 75-80 petals and cupped leaning toward the center. It has a very delicate look to it that adds to its beauty. The bloom is clear pink in the center with very light pink, almost white on the outer petals, complemented with deep green, leathery, glossy foliage. It has few thorns. It has a robust growth, nicely shaped rounded bush. It grows 4 ft. x 5 ft. x 4 ft. wide and 7 ft. if trained as a climber. It needs plenty of space to spread out. Plant “Heritage” at the end of the bed or in back of a border. It is very floriferous and repeats continuously throughout the summer into the autumn and has a delightful fruity and honey fragrance with a touch of myrrh.
“Heritage” makes such a statement in the garden. In the month of May, when the bush is covered with blooms and the petals start to fall off to the ground, the garden is quite a sight, as if it is floating in a cloud of rose petals.
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Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses