Rose (Rosa)

Timeless beauty with a hint of mystery

The ‘Queen of Flowers’ symbolise love and sensuality and makes every garden a little more exciting. 


Elegant buds, fairytale flowers: many people believe that the Rose (Rosa) is the most beautiful garden flower. 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, from a symbol of love to a chakra. The Rose family is extensive, and offers the choice of many different forms, such as (dwarf) 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. 

The first roses bloomed in China 

Wild rose species - there are some 300 - grow only in the northern hemisphere, mainly in regions with a moderate climate. Cultivation of these original roses resulted in many new varieties which can also thrive in warm regions. 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 some 5000 years ago in China. Until the 18th century, only white and pink roses brought colour to the garden. Later, red and yellow species were added. There are now more than 30,000 cultivated varieties of roses in fantastic colours. 

Rose trivia

  • 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.