Bloom Styles

All roses have something in common - the beauty of their blooms. However, despite all being beautiful, they are diverse in shape and structure. Some are full-bodied and almost peony like, whilst others have just five single petals and prominent stamens.


A simple yet elegant formation of typically five fully open petals, set around a prominent stamen, creating a spectacular almost wild rose feel when viewed en masse


Featuring two to three times more petals than a typical single bloom, often in two or three rows, the semi double has a more relaxed feel, allowing visibility of the rich, golden centre of the rose

Hybrid Tea

Classic in shape, the hybrid tea typically produces a single flower per stem; its charm lies in its exquisitely formed, high centred ‘bud flower’ which stands above the outer, curled back petals

Open Cup

Shallow Cup

Deep Cup

Arranged in an curving, circular pattern, the outer petals of the attractive cupped bloom are slightly taller than those towards the centre, curving inward to create a many petalled ‘chalice’ shape. Variations of the cupped bloom are Open cup, Shallow cup and Deep cup


Characteristic of cupped or chalice shaped blooms, the petals curve inwards creating a ethereal quality through light and shade


Recurved blooms feature petals which are curved delicately inward or backward

Quartered Rosette

The densely packed petals of a quartered rosette bloom are upright, overlapping one another. The petals form a scallop-like arrangement, seemingly dividing the flower into four equal parts

Rosette (ruffled)

Rosette blooms are full bodied and feature many slightly overlapping petals of different sizes, creating a ‘ruffled’ effect

Button Eye

Characteristic of very full petalled blooms where an attractive button eye is revealed as the outer petals reflex back


Small, neat and tightly packed blooms filled with numerous tiny petals

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