Heritage Roses or 'old fashioned roses' provide us with an historical link to gardens of the past. Sometimes called Heirloom Roses, they are popular not only for historical reasons but also for the brilliant roses that are available for sale from online suppliers.
Although heritage roses are sometimes described as 'living antiques' they and provide a genetic pool that is extremely important for the continued development of new rose varieties.
Many are well suited to planting in public areas where they can be appreciated. An industry has grown around heritage roses, not only the production of plants, but also a garden tourism industry.
Best defined as roses that are of historical significance or are no longer in commercial production, these roses are the foundation of the modern rose industry.