‘Heaven Scent’ with its large orchid pink blooms backed with intense Old Damask fragrance is an easy to grow rose with very few prickles. The rose was bred by Tom Carruth in 2002 and released in the USA by Weeks Roses in 2004 as ‘Memorial Day’. It was introduced in Australia by Swane’s Nurseries in 2005 as ‘Heaven Scent’. Its parentage is ‘Blueberry Hill’ x ‘Aotearoa’, both excellent roses in their own right.
‘Heaven Scent’ is a wonderful Hybrid Tea growing to approximately 1.5 metres tall by 1 metre wide, producing a large number of roses. Its upright growth and abundant, matte, medium green foliage complements the large blooms which open to an average of 11 centimetres in diameter with 41 -52 petals. The blooms borne mostly solitary and on long stems are a rich mix of pink, sometimes described as lavender pink or pink with an orchid wash with a darker reverse. This rose blooms in flushes throughout the growing season. The flowers and healthy foliage make for a great cut flower. The powerful fragrance sets it apart from many of its contemporaries.
A strong, hardy rose, it is largely bullet proof with its disease resistant foliage. The foliage is able to stand up to the hottest days in summer. The prickles are described as few, medium small and slightly hooked. The hips are moderately obovate and somewhat flat at the top.
Regular dead-heading will ensure a continuous succession of blooms.
‘Heaven Scent’ is available from Knight’s Roses, Wagner’s Rose Nursery, Treloar Roses, Swane’s Nurseries, Roses and Friends.
All American Rose Selection
Bronze Medal – National Rose Trial Garden of Australia – Adelaide 2004
NZ Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Best Hybrid Tea – Adelaide 2004
Text: Les Johnson