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A Comprehensive Guide to Comparing Different Types of Roses

Kailee Palileo 29 May 2024
Pink garden rose, lavender spray rose, and orange standard rose

Welcome to our delightful guide on roses! We'll introduce you to all of our enchanting rose varieties like standard roses, garden roses, David Austin roses, spray roses, sweetheart roses, and rose peonies, each bringing their own unique charm to floral arrangements. Whether you're a seasoned florist or a flower enthusiast, you'll find inspiring roses that will help you to create your own beautiful floral displays. Let's dive into the world of roses and uncover the magic they can bring to your special moments!

Standard Roses: The Classic Beauty

Red standard rose stem


Standard roses, also known as long-stemmed roses, are the quintessential roses that come to mind when you think of a classic rose bouquet. They feature single, large blooms on long, sturdy stems, making them ideal for elegant floral arrangements.

  • Bloom Size: Typically 1.5 to 3 inches in diameter.
  • Fragrance: Can range from mild to strong, depending on the variety.
  • Colors: Available in a wide array of colors. 
    • Naturally grown: these are colors that occur naturally. Colors like pink, white, or red roses.
    • Color enhanced: these are colors that don’t occur naturally in nature. Colors such as blue roses or rainbow roses.

Best Uses

Standard roses are perfect for formal arrangements, wedding bouquets, and as romantic gifts. Their large, striking blooms and variety of colors make them one of our best sellers.

Garden Roses: The Romantic Heirloom

White garden rose stem


Garden roses are known for their lush, fluffy texture and strong, sweet aroma. These roses have a nostalgic charm, reminiscent of vintage english gardens.

  • Bloom Size: Varies widely, some can be as large as 6 inches in diameter.
  • Fragrance: Typically very strong and sweet.
  • Colors: Available in a wide array of colors. 

Best Uses

Garden roses are ideal for romantic bridal bouquets and vintage-style arrangements. Their full, textured blooms and rich fragrance add a touch of elegance and charm.

David Austin Roses: The Timeless Romance

Bicolor white and pink David Austin garden rose


These are a specific type of garden rose bred by David Austin, a renowned rose breeder from the UK. David Austin roses are often referred to as "English Roses." They are known for combining the best characteristics of old garden roses (such as their fragrance and rosette form) with the repeat flowering and wide color range of modern roses.These roses are bred for their beauty and fragrance, combining the charm of old-fashioned roses with modern breeding techniques. 

  • Bloom Size: Large, often full and lush,  typically 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
  • Fragrance: Fruity to myrth-like.
  • Colors: Often feature unique bicolor petals, enhancing their romantic appeal.

Best Uses

David Austin Roses: prized for high-end floral arrangements and wedding bouquets due to their beauty and fragrance. Their timeless beauty and enchanting fragrance make them a favorite for weddings and special events.

Spray Roses & Spray Garden Roses: The Delicate Cluster

Lavender spray rosesPeach spray garden roses


Spray roses feature smaller, more petite buds compared to regular roses. Each stem boasts multiple buds, making them perfect for adding texture and depth to floral arrangements. These spray blooms come in a petite standard rose variety, but also a petite garden rose variety.

  • Bloom Size: Small, typically 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
  • Fragrance: Usually mild, but some varieties can be more fragrant.
  • Colors: Available in a wide range of colors.

Best Uses

Spray roses and spray garden roses are excellent as fillers in bouquets, adding a delicate and whimsical touch. Their clustered growth makes them ideal for centerpieces and mixed flower arrangements. Not only that, they are the perfect size for corsages and boutonnieres. 

Sweetheart Roses: The Petite Charm

Blush sweetheart rose


Sweetheart roses have petite buds similar to spray roses but are more akin to standard roses in appearance. Their smaller size gives them a delicate and refined look.

  • Bloom Size: Small, typically 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
  • Fragrance: Can range from mild to moderate.
  • Colors: Available in various colors, often in softer shades.

Best Uses

Sweetheart roses are perfect for boutonnieres, corsages, and delicate floral arrangements. Their petite size and elegant form make them a favorite for wedding accessories and intimate bouquets.

Rose Peonies: The Enchanted Twist

Pink and coral bicolor peony rose


Rose peonies are unique with their blend of petals, offering a dainty and enchanted twist to floral arrangements. Their layered blooms resemble peonies, adding a touch of whimsy and elegance.

  • Bloom Size: Large, similar to peonies, with a lush, layered appearance.
  • Fragrance: Can vary, often sweet and light.
  • Colors: Available in a range of soft and romantic hues.

Best Uses

Rose peonies are perfect for creating whimsical and romantic floral arrangements. Their unique form makes them a focal point in bouquets and centerpieces.

Each type of rose brings its own unique charm and beauty, making them suitable for various occasions and uses. Whether you prefer the classic elegance of standard roses, the fluffy texture and sweet aroma of garden roses, the timeless romance of David Austin roses, the delicate clusters of spray roses, the petite charm of sweetheart roses, the enchanting form of rose peonies, or the versatile elegance of rose petals, there is a rose variety to suit every need and taste. By understanding the characteristics and best uses of each type, you can select the perfect roses to enhance your bouquet or special event.


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