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Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: Session 14

Dec 19, 2012

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The Question:

Name your favorite variety of orange rose, spray rose, bicolor/specialty rose, garden rose and lavender rose.


From Sarah Winward (Honey of a Thousand Flowers):

Orange rose – Never used one, but I like lots of peachy oranges like the Campanella

Spray rose – Majolica

Bicolor/Specialty Rose – Eden Romantica, not sure if it is technically bicolor?

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Garden rose – I use mostly garden roses, a favorite is Romantic Antique


Lavender rose – Amnesia


From Elisabeth Zemetis (Blush Floral Design):

Orange rose – Voodoo

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Spray rose – Antique Lavender Spray Roses

Bicolor/Specialty Rose – Orange Sunset

Garden rose – Juliet

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Lavender rose – Amnesia or Faith (pictured below)

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From Kristy Marek (Imbue Weddings):

Orange rose – Cumbia


Spray rose – Jana

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Bicolor/Specialty rose – Fiesta


Garden rose – In Australia we either get hot house roses or David Austins and that’s it.  And unless you know your roses David Austins are simply categorized by colour and not by variety.

Lavender rose – Memory Lane



From Alicia Scwede (Bella Fiori and Flirty Fleurs)

Orange rose – Enya

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Spray rose – Mambo spray rose


Bicolor/Specialty Rose – Hocus Pocus

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Garden rose – Yves Piaget


Lavender rose – Sterling Silver


From Nick Priestly (Mood Flowers)

Orange rose – Cherry Brandy


Spray rose – Piano Freidland

Bicolor/Specialty Rose – Dolce Vita

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Garden rose – David Austin ‘Kate’

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Lavender rose – Pacific Blue


From Holly Chapple (Holly Heider Chapple Flowers)

Orange rose –Free Spirit


Spray rose- Porcelena

Bicolor/Specialty rose – Deep Rose

Garden rose – Peach Juliet

Lavender rose – Amnesia



From Emelie Ekborg (Svenska Blomsterbloggar)

Orange rose — I hardly use any orange roses, so I change orange to peach – Peach Avalanche (below), Juliet

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Spray rose – Bombastic

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Bicolor/Specialty Rose – Cherry Brandy

Garden rose – all the David Austin, such as Kiera, Juliet, Patience, Darcey (pictured below)

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Lavender rose – Ocean Song

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From Laetitia Mayor (Floresie)

Orange rose – Free Spirit

Spray rose – Mimi Eden

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Bicolor/Specialty Rose – Sweetberry

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Garden rose – Madame Alfred Carrière

Lavender rose – Silverstone



Thanks so much to our panel…I found some new roses through this post! Anyone else see a favorite on this list or discover a new variety?

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday…


images via:

Eden Romantica (Hilverda De Boer)

Voodoo (Wikipedia)

Memory Lane & Amnesia (The Wedding if my Dreams)

Enya (Flirty Fleurs)

Dolce Vita & Peach Avalance (Florabundance)

Bombastic (Interplant Roses)

Mimi Eden (Whole Blossoms)

Jana (

all others (Sierra Flower Finder)




  1. Kari says:

    My favorite rose is Free Spirit too! They always come in perfect and are so pretty. Plus I love that they can lean orange or pink.


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