Floral Spotlight: Cabbage Roses {a lovely little peony alternative!}

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It has been far too long since my last Floral Spotlight, so I’m bringing it back for you today with one of the most amazing peony alternatives I’ve seen yet - Cabbage Roses! Available year-round, these large, fluffy blooms are the perfect stand-in for a bride who is set on having peonies in her wedding day florals {and the price is right, too}. Also known as rosa centifolia, meaning ’hundred petaled rose’, Cabbage Roses have a lovely fragrance as well. I’d say these are a win-win in my book {thanks Erin for the heads up}!

So, let’s take a look at some of these lovelies in action, shall we?

{real simple}

{Kristin Vining Photography}

{Watson Studios Photography}

{Flush Designs}

{The Full Bouquet}

Cabbage rose bouquet
{Lisa Romerein, Jess Chamberlain and Sharon Cohoon}

{Aaron Delesie}

{Left: Floral Arrangement by Holly Chapple Flowersphotographed by Kristen Gardner; Right: Poppies and Posies}

I’d love to have some of these in the garden I don’t have!


Aren’t they just perfect? I think so too :)

For a full round-up on peony alternates, click here!

Happy Monday!

  • Claire says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    I love cabbage roses!!

  • Kristen says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    These are gorgeous!

  • Kamie says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    Gorgeous!! I love your floral spotlights!

  • G Lily says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    Cabbage roses, often called david Austin here in the UK simply because David Austin created some of the well know varieties of ‘cabbage rose’ for really beautiful varieties look at the old french roses including the favourites of Marie Antoinette grown at Malmaison thus this rose is also often called a malmaison rose!!!

  • Alison says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    thank you so much for doing this post! i had wanted peonies in my bouquet but my florist told me they couldn’t be guaranteed for the month of October when my wedding is. So I was frantic to find a close peony alternative!!

  • The Perfect Palette says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    lovely bouquets!! such a romantic texture they have. thanks for sharing + happy monday. xo, chrissy.

  • Paper Moss says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    love these ideas! Peonies are one of my favorite flowers but these alternatives are equally as stunning!! :)

  • kate says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    thank you so much for this post! i’ve been looking for a peony alternate, and these look so perfect - and i can’t believe they are available year-round. the first picture is gorgeous!

  • Natalie says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    Ooh! Cabbage roses are so beautiful! Wow! :)

  • erin * sparkle & hay says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    :) :) :) love them!

  • Koru Kate says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    Cabbage roses are simply gorgeous! I’m a tad obsessed with them :-)

  • Aleah + Nick Valley says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    I adore cabbage roses and their sweet, delicate texture. They make for creative bouquets and are indeed the perfect substitute {or addition} to peonies!

  • Jenna Burden says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    Love cabbage roses. I am having cream ones at my wedding in September!

  • Beautiful! I love these flowers!

  • Julie says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    ohhh this is a life-saving post! I wanted peonies but the availability (and price!) are daunting. these are absolutely just as gorgeous!

  • Lena says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    Hello, lovely! Cabbage roses are such a favorite of mine, and the perfect blend of roses and peonies!

  • Diana says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    The ones in your garden are gorgeous! I love all of these…they really are a great alternative to peonies. Hope you had a great weekend! <3

  • Mel {The Oceanside Bride} says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    Dang it! Is that what they’re called!? I tried explaining this to the florist once but was afraid she didn’t understand (imagine that- hehehe). These are breathtaking! Love them!!!

  • Shana says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    So so pretty! I have some peonies at home right now and I have been staring at them longingly wishing they were coming to our wedding. Thank you for giving me an idea for a alternative :)

  • Melina says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    I always love looking at flowers! I saw these flowers somewhere the other day (I think on Pinterest) and I wondered what they were, now I know!

  • Laura says on June 13, 2011 Reply

    And what a gorgeous floral spotlight it is…more wedding blogs should definitely do what you do.

  • michelle says on June 14, 2011 Reply

    Roses, wow! I thought for sure those were peonies (until I read your post title)…tired much?

  • I didn’t know about cabbage roses Jacin! They are so beautiful. The peony was my favorite flower BUT now these are. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica [Shimmer+Silk] says on June 14, 2011 Reply

    Oh my goodness, I’m obsessed with these gorgeous buds!

  • Alexa says on June 14, 2011 Reply

    Don’t they make beautiful bouquets? Great post!

  • dancy says on June 15, 2011 Reply

    So so gorgeous and a much cheaper alternative. My florist said it’s a better choice too esp. if you’re looking to use them in centerpieces. You want to stay away from blooms that are too fragrant and apparently the cabbage rose is less potent than peonies. :)

  • Kate/MagnoliaRouge says on June 16, 2011 Reply

    These are beautiful… I didn’t actually know they weren’t peonies for quite some time. I’ve never seen them in NZ so not sure if we get them. So pretty!!

  • Anna says on May 11, 2012 Reply

    thank you for posting these!! Because peonies will not be available for my July wedding I will def. use cabbage roses!!!

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