Roses are probable one of the best known and most popular flowers, and there are many different varieties available as a cut flower. So many in fact that it is impossible to know them all. Some have been grown for years and are a staple in the florist shop – favoured for their strong stem, solid head, good vase life. Others are new on the scene, with special qualities like scent, head size, shape of flower, number of petals. And some have been around from old as a garden rose, and are now being developed as a cut flower.
I thought I’d round up a few of my favourites to share with you the joy of variety available, and perhaps inspire you to step outside the box with your wedding flower plans.
WHITE – ‘Avalanche’ roses are a firm favourite with florists. They have a good strong stem, not too many thorns, and a large head that opens beautifully to a full Dutch rose. With their slight greeny tinge to the guard petals at the edge of the bloom, they’re an interesting and very popular choice.
‘White O’Hara’ are more recently on the scene, with more of a garden rose style – lots of layered petals, and a scent to die for! Their slight hint of a pink centre make them a firm favourite of brides going for a loose country garden theme. Although their vase-life is shorter, you should still get a good 5 days enjoyment. David Austin ‘Patience’ are a similar garden rose variety, in demand with summer brides, like Elle in her soft loose bouquets.
‘Avalanche’ – New Covent Garden Flower Market
‘White O’Hara’ – Alexandra Farms
PINK – ‘Sweet Avalanche’ are a variation to their big sister Avalanche. With similar qualities, their soft pink hue adds a subtle dimension to a pink bouquet, either as a gift or in bridal work. Paired with succulents and gypsophilia, they were the main focal in Abigail’s handties.
‘Pink Piano’ are a cerise garden rose, with smaller spray buds that open as delicate mini versions of the bloom. A whisper of scent, a few more thorns, but Beautiful with a capital ‘b’.
‘Sweet Avalanche’ – williamhagham.co.uk
‘Pink Piano’ – New Covent Garden Flower Market
LILAC – Until relatively recently, it was not possible to get a lilac rose without (shock horror) dying or spray painting a white bloom, which lead to crispy, poor quality flowers. Thankfully, the rose growers listened to us florists and you brides, and a good range of lilac roses has been developed. Whether you’re looking to compliment a rustic woodland pallet with an grey-beige tinted ‘Amnesia’, or add romance to a soft pink and ivory scheme with ‘Ocean Song’, there’s a natural lilac rose to suit. Susan and Craig paired them with purples and ivory with sunning effect
‘Amnesia’ – williamhigham.co.uk
‘Ocean Song’ – blueskiesandbunting.blogspot.co.uk
RED – Forever the symbol of romance and love, red roses are always in high demand. A staple in the florist shop, ‘Grand Prix’ are a popular variety – strong straight stems, large flat heads, lots of velvety petals opening out into a full bloom, and a trace of a traditional garden rose scent. Michelle and Alex used these red roses to great effect for their October wedding.
‘Red Piano’ are a more recent addition to the catalogue. More of a garden variety, stronger scent, and a somewhat frilly appearance, they are a favourite of Winter brides, and the romantic among us.
‘Grand Prix’ – New Covent Garden Flower Market
‘ Red Piano’ – New Covent Garden Flower Market
PEACH – Peach has become increasingly in demand in recent years. And rightly so. It’s a versatile colour that can take a scheme from rather bland to exciting. ‘Peach Avalanche’ are part of the expanding Avalanche collection. Group with their ivory cousins for a classy bouquet, or pair with oranges and reds for an Autumn spread.
‘Vuvuzella’ is a peachy pink garden rose, regularly enjoyed by brides going for a coral ‘pop’ in their florals. Although rather thorny (which your florist will remove!) they have a soft appearance, and bring an extra dimension to an arrangement. Coupled with their Dutch sister, ‘Miss Piggy’ they really made Poli’s bouquet sing.
‘Peach Avalanche’ – FlowerMonger
‘Vuvuzella’ – feedly.com
There are so many more varieties than the few I’ve singled out above. If you’d like to investigate more, I recommend the Flirty Fleurs blog and Pinterest pages. Also worth a look are New Covent Garden Flower Market‘s boards. I think you’ll be surprise just how wide the variety available is! Why not share your favourite with me?
[All the images seen here are from Pinterest, their exact source stated in their caption.]