“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.”
So much has been said about roses... and a rose can say so much.
Which one of these beautiful remembrance roses best say something about someone you loved?
Simply the Best – what more needs to be said?
Bright Smile is a cheerful remembrance rose that produces lots of flowers when it comes into bloom in the summer.
A remembrance rose with a message from the heart, the Always You rose has salmon pink flowers and a beautiful perfume.
Loving Memory is a red remembrance rose with beautiful, classically-shaped flowers and a subtle fragrance.
Absent Friends is a sweetly-scented memorial rose for someone who is never far from your thoughts.
Such a pretty rose for conjuring up sweet memories – and this one's a climber, perfect for around the front door, or an arbour you can sit underneath.
With a name that says it all, the Thinking of You rose has deep crimson flowers and a wonderful perfume.
The Sweet Memories rose is a lightly scented, pretty, pale yellow remembrance rose. It’s virtually thornless, too.
This classic remembrance rose produces lots of delicately-fragranced flowers throughout the summer – a bloom for every thought.
Simply the Best – what more needs to be said? This beautiful remembrance rose is stunning – and has a sweet perfume.
The Eternally Yours rose’s red petals are frosted with a shimmer of silver. This remembrance rose helps support a charity, the Rotherham Hospice Trust.
Covered with beautiful pink blooms through summer, the Precious Love rose is a special reminder of someone. It helps raise money for charity Child Bereavement UK.
A reminder of how someone will always be on your mind and in your heart, Never Forgotten is an eye-catching memorial rose with a heavenly scent.
With pink flowers the size of a teacup, the Mum in a Million rose is a beautiful living memorial to choose. You can also find this memorial rose as a ‘standard’ – a tall-stemmed mini-tree.
Sweetly scented and perfect for growing on a patio, Love Never Dies expresses in flower what you know to be true in your heart.
There’s a host of roses dedicated to special family members, including My Lovely Dad, My Darling Husband, My Mum, and this beauty, My Darling Wife.
Name Your Very Own Rose
It’s a rare honour to have the kind of best-selling rose that’s launched at the Chelsea Flower Show named after you. But that doesn’t mean you gave to be super-rich or famous to dedicate a unique rose in memory of someone.
See how it grows
Seed kits are an affordable name-a-rose option to gift and see how it grows. Find them from £14.99 at online gift stores.
Rose growers like Country Garden Roses offers the chance to buy unnamed rose bushes that you won’t find anywhere else, from £34.95. Each rose is a one-off, with a certificate recording who you have chosen to name it for.
Growers produce hundreds of different new rose varieties but only a few will end up being officially launched every year.
Every new rose is trialled by growing between 25 and 50 plants. Although many are beautiful, some can be just a bit too similar to varieties already in the shops. World of Roses is among growers to offer the opportunity to buy these roses as a complete package, from around £500.
The rose you name after your loved one won’t be available for anyone else to buy. It will be exclusive to you and the family members and friends who receive one.
Keep your roses smelling sweet
Check the label
Some roses put their energy into a breathtaking display of blooms that last a few weeks, while others can ‘repeat flower’ between late spring and early November. If you are choosing a rose to mark a special anniversary in summer, check for growing guides detailing when they come into flower.
Some roses, especially those via the post, come ‘bare-rooted’ and can be planted in winter months. These are great value, but can look pretty uninspiring – not much more than a few roots and stumpy branches.
Don’t worry: they should start showing signs of life in the spring! World of Roses has some easy planting tips to follow.
In spring and summer, you’ll find roses to plant straight out in the garden or for you to grow in a pot. These may even have a few rosebuds ready to bloom.
Room to bloom
Some roses need plenty of space in the garden, while others, especially patio roses, can live happily in pots. Some varieties of rose can suit either and it’s worth asking if you’re unsure.
Look out for some varieties as lollipop-shaped ‘standardnes,’ which have a stem and make a lovely garden feature.
Roses are quite easy to grow, but can need plenty to eat and drink when they are coming into bloom, so the flowers look their best. Roses grown in pots usually need a bit extra TLC.
You can find plant food at garden centres and big supermarkets. The RHS has this handy guide to keep your roses in top condition.