The ‘queen of flowers’ symbolises love and sensuality. So she’s definitely a plant you want to have on your balcony or in your garden.
Elegant buds, fairytale flowers: many people believe that the rose (Rosa) is the most beautiful garden flower ever. The way in which every bud unfolds its cool, velvet-soft petals in order to show its heart speaks to the imagination of people around the world. The rose family is extensive, and offers the choice of many different shapes, such as bedding roses, shrub roses, climbing roses and ramblers with double flowers or elegant single blooms. If you want roses in pots and containers, opt for a standard rose or a dwarf shrub rose.
Wild rose species - there are some 300 - grow only in the northern hemisphere, mainly in regions with a moderate climate. Nowadays roses exist all over the world. They're plants that have long been part of the natural world - fossils have been found of wild roses which bloomed 40 million years ago. The plant was used as a ‘garden rose’ for the first time in China some 5,000 years ago. Until the 18th century, it was only white and pink roses that brought colour to the garden. The red and yellow species were added later. There are now more than 30,000 cultivated varieties of roses in fantastic colours.
The name Rose comes from 'rhod', the Celtic word for red. That was the most common rose colour at the time.
A garden in which roses are the predominant plant is called a ‘rosarium’.
Shakespeare loved roses: the word ‘rose’ occurs more than 50 times in his works.
The world’s oldest rose is said to be over 1000 years old and grows against Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.