Whether your style is classic elegance or heartwarming whimsy, garden roses are one of the most popular focal flowers for bridal bouquets and arrangements. A top favorite for brides and wedding planners, garden roses are a rounder, fuller alternative to traditional roses. Sometimes called “cabbage roses,” they add a lush, romantic feel that perfectly pairs with so many other flowers, from ranunculus and peonies to hydrangea and succulents. For a rich, bold, more festive look, try combining them with the contrasting textures of Billy balls, trachellium, or safflower. Brides love their full bulbous shape and the unique texture they add to bouquets. Garden roses’ large blooms can range from 2.5 to 4 inches wide. They are available year-round and can be a wonderful substitution when peonies are out of season.
Popular Garden Rose Varieties
Garden roses are typically sold in 12-stem bunches. Like standard roses, they are bred in many different colors and varieties. Here are some of the most popular for wedding bouquets and floral arrangements.
Garden Rose Caramel Antike
The romantic Rose Caramel Antike flower has vanilla toned petals with darker color toward the center. Pair it with burgundy, creams, soft greens, and blush pinks.
Garden Rose Pink Piano Light Pink
A classic bridal pink, Pink Piano Light Pink is by far one of the most popular garden roses. This wholesale flower has light pink petals and a deep cup form that resembles an English garden rose. Rose Pink Pianos are gorgeous on their own but can be paired up with pale peach roses for added depth. For a bolder look, combine with vibrant pink peonies, rich lemon yellows, and bright greens.
Garden Rose Alabaster White
This flower captures the purity of white in every aspect! It opens fully to display a large rosette shaped head and has a light, refreshing fragrance. Pair alabaster with other white flowers to create a uniform look. You can also combine this flower with hints of marsala, lavender, and ivories to create a lavish theme.
Garden Rose Juliet Peach
This David Austin variety is one of the highest regarded for its light fragrance and peach toned petals. Its outer petals nuzzle the inner folds to create a sophisticated shape that makes for a beautiful focal flower. They look stunning on their own but also pair nicely with light pinks such as bridal piano, orange ranunculus, and bright greens found in the foliage of most flowers.
Garden Rose Baronesse Hot Pink
Baroness has dark and intense coloring. Its lovely cup shape provides a full and round shape when fully opened. This variety provides that pop of color many brides are craving! Combine baroness with the toned blue-purple of irises, the bright yellow of pompon cushions, and bright orange carnations to capture the festival wedding theme in your designs.
Unique Garden Rose Color Varieties
Garden Rose Lemon Pompon
This garden rose is a must-have because of its bright yellow color. It has a fluffy texture and has ruffled inner petals as well. Yellow flowers provide a punch of color as well as add warmth to any arrangement. Enhance their color by pairing this flower with greens and oranges. Also, pair these with hot pink spray roses, purple lisianthus, and blue thistle to complement its bright yellow.
Garden Rose Heirloom
Heirloom is lavender in color with patches of darker purple on outside petals. This garden rose is perfect in antique style arrangements and works beautifully with other purple flowers. Bring out red in this flower by pairing with freedom roses. You can also arrange this together with the yellow of football mums or yarrow for a nice wildflower look.
Garden Rose Mamy Blue
Vibrant is the word for this purple wedding favorite! It also has one of the strongest fragrance among other garden roses. It resembles a large tea rose and would make a great addition to any floral arrangement. Mix Mamy with dark greens for a complementary look. To bring out the blues found in its petals you can also add in blue flowers such as delphinium and blue hydrangeas.
Caring for and Handling of Garden Roses
There are few important things to be aware of when caring for and handling your wholesale garden roses:
As pretty as they are, garden roses have a very short vase life. They tend to last about 2 to 3 days once fully bloomed. They are also quite delicate and can be tricky to work with because of that. Keep them fully hydrated in cool water to help with this issue. It is imperative not to overwork the blooms. Prepare all other flowers first before working with garden roses to maximize their hydration time. Be patient and allow them to sip as much water as possible up through their stems. By following these steps, your garden roses will look beautiful by the time you are ready to arrange them!
Fabulous Garden Rose Decor
A simple yet chic centerpiece
The bride chose to submerge and float her garden roses on top of the water. Select a beautiful container to display the blooms.
Elegant cake accents
Adorn your wedding cake or cake table with garden roses. This bride cascaded them down her cake along with stunning greenery to create an elegant look.
A unique twist on wedding decor
This bride framed a sign welcoming guests to her wedding and decorated it with peach garden roses, eucalyptus, and spray roses.
Add texture and depth to wreaths
Spruce of wreaths by adhering flowers to them. This square wreath made with safari sunset is decorated with pink O’Hara garden roses and silver Brunia berries. Dress up your walls and doors with these gorgeous wreaths!
Would you like to learn more about these highly-revered flowers? Do you want to see more gorgeous creations using garden roses? Click here to see an example of a wedding bouquet with garden roses.