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Roses that Last Forever

Updated on April 28, 2017
Pink Roses in a Wire Basket
Pink Roses in a Wire Basket

Enjoy Fresh Cut Roses even Longer than a Gorgeous, and Expensive, Bouquet!

As my daughters both know, there is nothing that pleases this gardener more than a live plant for a gift giving occasion.

With a general idea hint to their father, my girl's picked me a live Rose bush for Mother's Day. I'm an obsessive gardener, but not much on Rose care and maintenance, but it's still alive and doing well regardless of my nearly criminal neglect. I'm still enjoying the yearly blooms 10 years later. But not to worry... I'll include a couple of essential tips below so even the least care can produce beautiful results.

Now I do realize that not everyone wishes to attempt even the minimal care mentioned above for rose shrubs so I have included one no-care to easy-care option to please any flower gardener!

All images are credited to Public Domain via, or are my own.

You may wonder why...

I've only included a few links to Plants for purchase. I've chosen only plants that are not readily available since you can buy the other color roses like red, pink, white and yellow at your local home or garden center quite easily. To look for other colors not shown here, click one of the links to start your search.

Something about a Purple Rose sings to me...

Ebb Tide Rose Bush 4 Inch Container Grown Organic USA Fragrant Purple Rose
Ebb Tide Rose Bush 4 Inch Container Grown Organic USA Fragrant Purple Rose

I have no idea why Purple Flowers, and especially Roses, makes my heart sing. Maybe because deep purple flower, beyond bi-annual Pansies, and annual Petunia, are so Rare.


Purple Roses

The meaning of Purple Roses:

"Thought to be almost mystical in nature, with symbolism tied to enchantment, desire and even proceeding cautiously, it's not surprising that lilac and purple roses send a message of love at first sight, A great Valentine flower." 1

Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink

Pink Roses

The meaning of Pink Roses:

"Symbolizing gentility, femininity, elegance and refinement, the pink rose also carries additional meanings depending on its hue. A deep pink conveys gratitude and appreciation, while pale shades connote grace and gentleness, admiration and happiness." 1

Stargazer Perennials Joseph's Coat Rose Plant Apricot Pink Orange Climbing Rose Potted
Stargazer Perennials Joseph's Coat Rose Plant Apricot Pink Orange Climbing Rose Potted

I like pink roses, but unusual colors or blends really thrill me. This peachy orange rose with tints of pink and red are spectacular.


Orange and Peach Roses

The meaning of Orange Roses:

"With their warm, vibrant tones, orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and desire. If you're looking for a way to express admiration and attraction - with an underlying message of passion and excitement - then send a bouquet filled with these fiery blooms".1

The meaning of Peach Roses:

"Gratitude, Appreciation, Sincerity, Modesty

Peach roses send a message of appreciation or gratitude and are also often sent as an expression of sympathy." 2

White Roses touched by Sunlight
White Roses touched by Sunlight

White Roses

For the woman who loves the purity of a glorious white rose bloom.

The meaning of White Roses:

"Representing, humility, purity and innocence, the white rose - often referred to as the bridal rose - is associated with young love. In Scotland, when the white rose bloomed in autumn, it was seen as a token of early marriage. Also symbolizing truth and reverence, it sends a message of loyalty and says "I am worthy of you."" 1

Red Rose and Purple Clematis
Red Rose and Purple Clematis

Red Roses

The meaning of Red Roses:

"There's nothing secret about the red rose's symbolism of love. Valentine's Day would hardly exist without this bold and dramatic bloom. The ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion, the red rose also conveys respect and the creative spirit of love. Representing true love stronger than thorns, the red rose is known universally as the lover's rose." 1

The Splendor of a Yellow Rose
The Splendor of a Yellow Rose

Yellow Roses

The meaning of Yellow Roses:

"While in Victorian times, the yellow rose symbolized jealousy, today it represents friendship, joy and caring. A bouquet of these sun-filled blossoms conveys warmth, gladness and affection." 1

Rose Cutting and Care

At the beginning of very early spring, before new growth - cut shrub down to the green main branches leaving at least 4-5 main stems (canes) measuring 5-12 inches long.

Feel free to clip Roses as they just begin to open. This will ensure a profusion of blooms... and they look great in a vase.

When clipping Rose stems, be sure to skip the first 5 leaf stem after them desired stem length. See illustration below.

Rose cutting Illustration
Rose cutting Illustration

Credit: A well illustrated and compete guide available at the University of Missouri Extension . A free PDF document for printing and saving is also available.

Rose of Sharon - If you Mother prefers non-tradition Roses

Pink Chiffon ™ Hibiscus syriacus 'JWNfour' PPAF - Rose of Sharon - Proven Winner
Pink Chiffon ™ Hibiscus syriacus 'JWNfour' PPAF - Rose of Sharon - Proven Winner

Although this is actually a perennial Hibiscus, it is known by the common name of Rose of Sharon. As with my selection of roses, I chose to pick a color that is not readily available at a Big Box Home and Garden centers. I have seen the blue, lilac, pink with red centers, pure white, and white with red centers, in such stores. Never have I seen a nearly pure pink so this specimen is on the next order I have placed. Pictures to follow at bloom.


Have you found the perfect Gift for your Flower Gardener? - Anyone can leave a comment, so please do.

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    • mihgasper profile image

      Miha Gasper 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Roses are still a classic!

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful lens. Love Roses. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Fabulous Roses!

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      8 years ago

      You know, it was 2 dozen colorful roses that I sent to mom for Mother's Day. It was interesting to hear her howl with joy and delight. It seems they were so colorful and big of blooms, that she put them into 3 vases. I love roses and glad my mom is still "with us" so that I can send them to her! Hugs.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Roses are lovely and very fragrant. Have a wonderful summer! :)

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      8 years ago from Western Mass

      rose bushes are a wonderful gift!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you! You are awesome and so is this lens. 5* and lensrolled back to my Mother's Day Roses are Red Poems.

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      JenniferAkers LM 

      8 years ago

      I'm featuring you lens on my lens, Perfect Mother's Day Gifts. :)

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      Michelle Collins 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Great lens! 5* and LR with my Mothers Day Lenses!

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      I'm planting a rose garden in my yard this year. I'm copying a garden that I saw at Disney World.

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      8 years ago

      Nice mothers dy lens.

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I think a rosebush would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift! (Feel free to forward this comment to my kids.)

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      JenniferAkers LM 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens and thanks for the tips on how to care for roses. I love roses! My mom was a wonderful gardener and had gorgeous rose bushes in our backyard (Unfortunately, I missed that green gene.)5*, Favorited,and Lensrolling to mine on Perfect Mother's Day Gifts.

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      8 years ago

      Very nice Mother's Day lens. Thanks for featuring my Celebrating Mothers lens.


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