Heritage Roses for Sale in New Zealand

Our Heritage rose stock includes choice selections in all the main groups:- Bourbon, China, Damask, Gallica, Hybrid Musk, Hybrid Perpetual, Moss, Noisette, Portland, Rugosa, Tea and Species roses. We recognize the significance of the rose in the World's and indeed NZ's history. Roses first came to NZ in the early 1800's with the Christian Missionaries and early settlers. In fact the China rose known as 'Old Blush' was AKA as 'The Bishop's Rose' in New Zealand because of its wide distribution by Bishop Pompallier. Today you can still see road-side plantings of beautifully scented Gallica rose 'Anais Segales' and that vigorous old rambler 'Dorothy Perkins' is so ubiquitous it could sometimes be considered a noxious weed! Rosa eleganteria or 'The Sweet Briar' was used as a protective hedging rose along with gorse and as we know they are both so hardy they still survive throughout NZ today.Come and talk to Harry and Lloyd about your favourite Heritage Roses and add a few more to your collection. You are welcome at the nursery 7 days per week or if you prefer browse our selection on our secure web-site by clicking on the link. We also stock a large range of modern Austin roses which of course were inspired by the beautiful roses of yesterday. Your selection can be packaged securely and delivered direct to your door.


Alba Maxima

Alba. An ancient heritage rose AKA White Rose of York which can be traced back to the 15th century. The summer blooms are double, fragrant and creamy white followed by orange hips. Foliage is a pale grey-green. Always a pleasing sight when in full flower. Disease resistant and needs little pruning.

Colour: White Cream
Habit: Upright
Height: 1.8m x 1.2m


Available for purchase online at Wairere Nursery


Old Blush

China. This important heritage rose has been cultivated in China for centuries and was introduced to Europe around 1750. It has been used extensively as a 'parent' breeding rose. Small semi-double blooms of pink that fade as they age. Nicely fragrant with light green foliage and few thorns.

Colour: Purple
Habit: Upright
Height: 1.8m x 1.2m


Available for purchase online at Wairere Nursery


Honorine de Brabant

Bourbon. The heritage of this rose is unknown but general consensus by rose lovers is that it is one of the nicest striped roses to be found. Delicate shades of lilac and purple on a large cupped blooms complemented by lush foliage. Few thorns, plenty of blooms and a delicious fragrance. Lovely.

Colour: Mauve Purple
Habit: Climbing
Height: 1.8m x 1.5m


Available for purchase online at Wairere Nursery


Mrs A R Waddell

Hybrid Tea. An early heritage rose introduced by Joseph Pernet-Ducher in 1908. The semi-double lose blooms are in soft tones of salmon and peach and appear in small clusters throughout the season. Glossy green foliage. This rose is one of pollen parents of the more famous 'Albertine'.

Colour: Pink Cream
Habit: Upright
Height: 1.2m x 1m


Available for purchase online at Wairere Nursery


Great Maidens Blush

Alba. A Heritage Rose of unknown origin but 'officially' well known to Rosarians since the 15th Century. Grows into a large shrub with arching branches which are weighed down with bloom in the summer months. The flowers are blush-pink and sweetly scented. Hardy and tolerant.

Colour: Pink
Habit: Arching
Height: 2m x 1.5m


Available for purchase online at Wairere Nursery

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