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An Explanation of Rose Shapes and Types

By Calif_Sue
February 11, 2013

Roses come in an astonishing variety of shapes and sizes that can be used to complement any gardening style, from relaxed cottage gardening to more formal bedding or courtyard schemes. Few flowers can equal the rose for massed effect in the garden, but it is the individual bloom that makes it the "Queen of Flowers." These blooms come in widely diverse shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. Here are some brief descriptions of a few common flower shapes and petal counts, illustrated with photos from our ATP database.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 10, 2013 6:33 PM CST
Sue this was such an informative article on rose shapes and types. I had no idea how many different types and shapes there were in roses.
I thought my favorite was what you called the 'high centered' type blooms. I have now realized that they all have their own beauty. Never thought I would love a rose with single blooms, until I saw the photos of 'Morning Mist', 'Lady Ashton' and 'Mrs. Robinson'. I fell in love with them. Are they scented?
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Feb 10, 2013 7:13 PM CST

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I have taken so many photos at public rose gardens and nurseries that I now appreciate all the different shapes, although my favorite is the very full old fashioned blooms.
I don't know much about any of those 3 Lynn, I don't grow them. In the entry, Lady Ashton is listed as moderately fragrant.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 10, 2013 7:30 PM CST

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Click on the name of the rose above each picture, Lynn, and you'll find information on the fragrance.
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vic
Feb 10, 2013 7:36 PM CST
Great article Sue and very informative.

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Skiekitty
Feb 10, 2013 8:06 PM CST
Sue - awesome & wonderfully written article. Love it!!
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Feb 10, 2013 8:24 PM CST

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Short and sweet with lots of yummy photos to temp everyone on rose week!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 10, 2013 8:56 PM CST
Thank you Sue and Zuzu.
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Betja
Feb 10, 2013 9:04 PM CST
Fantastic job, Sue! You explained it perfectly -- and what gorgeous blooms!

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goldfinch4
Feb 11, 2013 1:41 AM CST
Great article and love all the pictures too! Thumbs up Drooling
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 11, 2013 1:57 AM CST

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So much eye candy! A perfect preview of spring, which feels less distant when I see all of these photos.
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Bubbles
Feb 11, 2013 7:14 AM CST
I have been back over the rose photos a couple of times. I have a few roses, but they're mostly old ones that grow well in TX. Your article and beautiful photos are now tempting me to "go on a hunt" for a few new ones to add this spring. DH will not be happy with you....
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Feb 11, 2013 7:30 AM CST
Great article Sue........
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Skiekitty
Feb 11, 2013 9:17 AM CST
Bubbles said:I have been back over the rose photos a couple of times. I have a few roses, but they're mostly old ones that grow well in TX. Your article and beautiful photos are now tempting me to "go on a hunt" for a few new ones to add this spring. DH will not be happy with you....


Sounds kinda like my DH.. I just ask him, which would he rather me do? Shop for roses or shop for jewelry? Roses are cheaper...
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lovemyhouse
Feb 11, 2013 10:36 AM CST
Hilarious!

Thank you, Sue! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Feb 11, 2013 11:01 AM CST

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Glad you all enjoyed it, I had hoped it would inspire many to considering new types of roses!
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Joannabanana
Feb 12, 2013 5:22 PM CST
Great article Sue! The beautiful pictures showing the different examples were excellent
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Feb 12, 2013 5:54 PM CST

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That was the most fun, picking the photos! Thumbs up
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