With their array of eye-catching colours and big blousy blooms it's easy to understand the universal appeal of the rose.
An enduringly popular cut flower, roses have been used throughout history as a symbol of both love and war.
Today, it is thought that there are more than 150 different species of rose being grown across the world, a testament to the true appeal of this prised flower
Did you Know?
Given as a gift, different coloured roses are supposed to hold different meanings. Red is the colour of love and is a favourite for Valentine's Day while purple roses are meant to symbolize the enchantment of love at first sight.
Yellow roses are traditionally sent as a sign of friendship and pink roses as a sign of gratitude. White roses symbolize purity and innocence.
The Meaning of Roses
Red roses convey deep emotions like love, longing or desire, but they can also be used to express respect, courage, admiration and devotion. The number of red roses given is also significant.
A single red rose means new love or love at first sight, while a dozen red roses conveys the message of 'be mine' and 'I love you'.
The fiery orange rose signifies passionate desire, enthusiasm and fascination.
It is a particularly good choice to include in a bouquet if you're in a new relationship that you wish to pursue further.
Lavender roses convey enchantment, and are sent to express love at first sight or to make a special impression.
Darker shades of lavender are often used for formal occasions, such as weddings and proms.
In the Victorian era, yellow roses were synonymous with jealousy, but today they are used to express sunnier emotions such as friendship, joy, gladness, freedom or new beginnings.
Unlike other roses, the yellow rose does not have any romantic connotations. It expresses purely platonic emotions.
Dark pink roses show appreciation and gratitude, while light pink blooms convey admiration and sympathy.
Pink roses also denote elegance and grace, so are often combined with red roses in Valentine bouquets.
White is associated with purity, chastity and innocence. White flowers are traditionally used in bridal bouquets to symbolise a happy love.
They can also be used to convey sympathy or humility, and have been known to express the message of 'you are heavenly, I miss you'.
Caring for Roses
Roses are a delicate flower so will need a great deal of tender, loving care in order to maintain their freshness and beauty for the longest time possible. We recommend following these simple guidelines to help your roses stay looking their very best.