Capitalize on Americans’ unfailing love with this always-captivating
Americans love roses and buy, according to the U.s. Department of
Agriculture, almost three times more roses than any other flower. Part
of what captivates consumers’ ongoing interest in roses is the
proliferation of always-intriguing new varieties, all boasting exciting
traits, which could include large heads, high petal counts, increased
longevity, fragrance and, most importantly, breathtaking colors, often
propagated in fascinating combinations.
Appealing to consumers’ passion for roses and their sheer delight at
finding captivating new selections, we present some of the most
currently in-demand blossoms, each assembled in ways that allow them to
sparkle like precious gems.
Designs by James Miller, AIFD
Two sizes of standard roses, along with smaller spray roses and the
petal-less centers of blossoms that would ordinarily be discarded, are
composed into an energetic textural sensation. By placing the larger
varieties on the design’s outer edges and tucking some of the smaller
blooms within the rosy mass, provocative depth and dimension are
MATERIALS: roses from Golden Flowers; container from Pots
Arranged in a grand mounded formation at nonuniform heights, these
roses’ exquisite bicolor aspects, which include powdery white petals
with deep pink edges on one and orange-splashed peach petals on
another, are brilliantly emphasized. A glimmering beadlike collar of
seeded Eucalyptus unites the pastel display with its earth-toned
MATERIALS: roses from Benchmark Growers; seeded Eucalyptus
from favorite supplier; urn from Sullivans.
The stems of four breathtaking rose varieties, in a range of shades from
yellow to orange, are clipped short and inserted into a saturated floral
foam sphere to form an exquisite sculptural composition with an artfully
modern edge. The reserved stems, bundled and
placed into floral foam concealed by aquarium gravel, supports the
lavishly rose-filled sphere.
MATERIALS: roses from Virgin Farms; OASIS® Floral Foam Sphere and
brick from Smithers-Oasis; aquarium gravel from favorite supplier;
5-inch Square Vase from Syndicate Sales.
Concentric rings of roses, in Biedermeier style, demonstrate the
exhilarating color harmonies that can be achieved through dramatic
mixes of the newest eye-popping varieties. Giving this glorious
mound, assembled from bottom to top, an unexpected fringelike edge,
the blooms of the bottom-most ring are inserted at alternating
MATERIALS: roses from Globalrose.com; container from Pots
Surrounding a citrine pillar candle and inserted through tufts of white
Hydrangeas, a stunning combination of ruffly spray roses and lavish
garden roses yields a lush, elegant centerpiece. The Hydrangeas, while
adding a textural and dimensional layer, also conceal the floral foam
ring, which ensures a plentiful water source and vibrant blossoms.
MATERIALS: roses from Meilland Star Rose; Hydrangeas from
favorite supplier; candle from Creative Candles; 15-inch OASIS® Design
Ring from Smithers-Oasis.
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