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The Rose: Queen of flowers

The rose represents love and trust, the thorns indicate that love is not always a bed of roses, but every colour has its own meaning. Photo: Van der Plas.

The Queen of Flowers presents herself in all her glory during October. The incomparable beauty of the rose makes her a special guest for all occasions and interiors.



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8 October 2018

The Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians discovered the beauty of the romantic rose many thousands of years ago; we had to wait until the 16th century. The popularity of the rose is growing continuously, and every year there are dozens of new varieties added to the range. We live with one certainty: the rose will accompany us for a long, long time. Check out Van der Plas’s range of roses here and drive sales in your garden centre this season.

Shapes and colours

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Red, white, yellow, pink, purple, orange and green. Bright or pastel, bicoloured or multicoloured. Big blooms, small blooms, short stems, long stems, single or spray. When you’re feeling especially romantic, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer choice of roses on offer, and every year new varieties are presented. What about a grassheart rose?

Care tips for your customers

Tips for customers to ensure that they can enjoy their roses for a long time:

  • Give roses a clean vase with clean water.
  • Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
  • Cut or trim 3 to 5cm off the stems diagonally with a clean sharp knife or secateurs.
  • Make sure there are no leaves dangling in the water.
  • Where possible leave the thorns on the stems.
  • Regularly top the vase up with tap water.
  • Don’t place roses in a draught, in full sunlight, or near a source of heat or a fruit bowl.


The rose represents love and trust, and the thorns indicate that love is not always a bed of roses. Red roses in particular are inextricably linked to love, but did you know that every colour has its own meaning?

  • Red: love and respect.
  • White: true love, purity, dignity, chastity.
  • Pink: happiness, gratitude, virtue.
  • Orange: longing, appreciation, sympathy.
  • Yellow: intimate friendship, solidarity.

The combination of colours and the combination with other flowers also have a particular meaning. A red rose combined with a white rose expresses the desire to always be together. Many roses in a bouquet means gratitude, and one single rose in a big mixed bouquet means: “you are my one and only love!”


Bouquet recipe for your customers 

The symbolism of the roses can help your customers compose a bouquet for someone. Red roses mean love, pink roses are for good luck and gratitude, the yellow for real friendship, and orange roses for appreciation. And the colours can very well be mixed allowing to offer both a wonderful bouquet.

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What you need: 

  • Roses in various colours (see below).
  • Viburnum opulus (the berries).
  • Niger opulus (Guelder rose).
  • Senecio.
  • Brassica.

Check out Van der Plas’s range of roses here and drive sales in your garden centre this season. All photos courtesy of Van der Plas.

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