Of the hundreds of events we’ve worked on, all of them had at some sort of roses as part of the decor. This particular flower is, in fact, the quintessential wedding flower, after all, they are the great literary metaphor for beauty, romance and everlasting love. It makes perfect sense that when it comes to event flowers, the roses are ubiquitous and the overwhelming number one choice for brides.
The Society of American Florists reports that there are around 120 rose varieties currently available on the US commercial retail market. However one type is growing in popularity with brides: the garden rose. There are a few reasons for their rise in prevalence. First, they are a great substitute for the ever-loved peony on a year round basis. Secondly they are available in a wider variety of colors than the peony. Lastly, they are more cost efficient especially given the comparatively short growing season for the peony.
Here are the top 5 most popular garden roses:
White O’Hara has a slight ivory with a hint of pink at the center. Her beautiful sister Pink O’Hara is just as lovely and as her name implies she is a true medium pink.
Juliet This French variety has four hearts at its center that is surrounded by a collar of beautifully ruffled petals. This one is truly peach in color and soft in nature.
Keira has feathery petals and a meaty appearance are a great substitute for you favorite pink peony any time of year.
Polo is unique pure white bloom that opens into a gorgeous, classic cup-shape with an exceptional petal count. Blend this beauty with any mixture of florals for an overly abundant arrangement.
Piano has dark red petals on the outside and some variant shades of lighter reds on the inside. Mix this beauty with other varietals for an arrangement dripping with romance.
I’ve seen literally millions of roses throughout my career and I never grow tired of their beauty and perfection. ”Of all flowers methinks a rose is best”!