My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


There are over 100 species. Species, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach 7 meters in height. Species from different parts of the world easily hybridize, which has given rise to the many types of roses.

Rosa - Rose

My all in the same boat floral art arrangement with roses in an Agave sisalana (sisal) leaf.

Common name:



India, China, Europe, North America and Africa


Many variations of colour and bi-colours of almost all shades.


A new variety of rose appear daily and it would be rather silly to think you will be able to keep up with the names of all the roses available as cut flowers. Some of the new varieties are thorn-less and special attention is given to breed roses with a distinctive and traditional fragrance after years of fragrance free cut flowers.

Vase life:

Seven to ten days or even longer. A bit longer if it was grown for the cut flower industry and a little less if it is a garden rose.


Widely grown for its distinctive fragrance. Though cut roses have no scent new varieties are now available with a strong fragrance.


Very versatile. Roses can be used in formal designs and is equally appropriate in a country bouquet. Great to practice spiralling a bunch of flower stems because the stems are straight.


I prefer not to rip or strip my roses because it damages the stem bark. I just cut the thorn tips away with my knife. Gently peel the foliage from the stems that will fall below the conditioning water line. Cut the stem at an angle and condition in water with dissolved rose flower food. Roses should be designed and conditioned in deep water. Do not spray or submerge the flower head in water as this traps the water between the petals and causes Botrytis and bacteria to spread.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.