Flower spotlight: roses

Flower spotlight: roses

Roses are the classic and most gifted Valentine’s flower. Because they’re so popular, though, some may consider them a bit more generic than other less-celebrated, day-of-love blooms. But roses, which come in a wide range of colors, sizes, and types, are anything but generic!

In 2020, Americans spent $2.3 billion on plants and flowers for Valentine’s Day. In 2019, 85% of flowers sold were roses, and nearly 70% of those were red. For centuries, red roses, specifically, have been a representation of romantic love and passion. The Greeks and Romans tied roses to their respective goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. Even William Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein associate red roses with passionate love in their literary works.

With such an illustrious history in romantic culture, it’s easy to see why red roses are the go-to bloom for many who want to express their love and devotion. For those who continue to be unimpressed by the most standard red rose, there are several other picks of roses for your consideration.

Roses are divided into three main categories: modern garden, old garden, and wild. Modern garden roses, specifically the long-stemmed hybrid tea rose, are the ones you’re most likely to imagine when visualizing a bouquet of roses. The modern garden rose is anything cultivated after 1867, is generally larger than other types of roses, and will bloom continuously throughout the season. Varieties from before 1867 are old garden roses, often called “historic” or “antique,” and bloom only once a year. Wild or “species” roses are often mistaken for wildflowers because they don’t look like traditional roses. They’re smaller with fewer petals (usually only five) and almost always bloom in pink. If you find white, red, and especially yellow wild roses, you’ve come across some very rare species!

Climbing, shrub, wild, English, tea, traditional, miniature and orange, blue, green, purple, yellow, white, pink. With around 150 species and countless hybrids, there’s sure to be a variety and color of rose your special someone will love this Valentine’s Day. 

Order now if you haven’t already! Call or stop by our shop at Rockwell and Northwest Expressway to place your order for roses or other valentine flowers.

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