A Romantic English Garden Rose Table

It is definitely rose week here in California! The roses are in full bloom.

When you drive up the driveway the scent of roses wafts through the air in my garden.

So I thought I would bring the fresh flowers in and set a beautiful table!

So with my rose clippers in one hand and a French basket in the other, off I went to the garden.

I must have picked a hundred roses (or more)!


The garden roses are all from David Austin’s variety.  I just love David Austin roses – I love the old world feel of them.


You can create a similar table too. Just head off to your garden and clip away!


Because garden roses usually have short stems, I would suggest placing them in bud vases or a container with short edges.

Here I used rectangle metal galvanized zinc boxes with floral foam placed inside to keep them moist and in place.


Each place setting has its own rose bud – when the guest sits down they can smell the rose bud so that way they don’t have to lean awkwardly over the table to enjoy the aroma of the roses.

The garden roses actually remind me of my all time favorite flower, the peony, with all of their layers of petals!


Using garden roses is an inexpensive way to add romance and glamour to your table.

the rose on the plate is the queen of sweden

If this were done by a florist it would cost $$$ – but for me, just the price of floral foam and containers!


Oh, and tender loving care on the roses all year.


The plates are from Juliska and the scene on them is that of an English country estate – so really, quite fitting for the theme of this table!

The rose on this plate is Heathcliff

The pink goblets are vintage French and the crystal goblets are antique American brilliant cut glass.


The following David Austin Roses were used: Charlotte, Lady of Shallot, Crown Princess Margareta, Sombreil, Jude the Obscure, Eden, Gentle Hermione, Queen of Sweden, Heathcliff,  James Galway, and Scepter’d Isle.


It is a rose candle – it smells so good!


A few new chairs were added too – got them for an absolute steal at Restoration Hardware outlet.

If you are going to recreate this centerpiece – just cut your flowers in the morning with as long as stems as possible.  I did a mixture of the varieties but it would look just as pretty to use one variety!

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Dinner Plates

Pink Goblet (similar)

Charger (similar)

French Bistro Chairs (similar)

Rose Prosecco Candle (smells divine!)

Do you have your own garden roses?

The rose on this plate is James Galway


You know what else though…. this would make a GREAT wedding centerpiece! It is so easy to DIY and is romantic and cost-effective.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Idea – using roses from your garden is cost-effective and beautiful!




  1. May 14, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    Angelina, this is a WOW moment for sure. I'm in awe of all your gorgeous rose blossoms. I only have Knockout Roses growing, and they don't produce these showy big blooms. This tablescape is one of the prettiest I've seen. I love the simplicity which makes the roses the star of the table. The Juliska Country Estate plates are of course the perfect compliment. This table is worthy of a magazine spread. 😉
    Happy Weekend!

    • Oh thank you Sarah for your kind words! I didn't realize but you are quite right – the country estate plates are perfect for my English garden table… these are my everyday plates, I technically don't have a set of formal china, I thought… why not get a nice set of "regular" dishes! Thank you!

  2. May 14, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!! I would love to see your garden.

  3. May 16, 2017 / 2:42 am

    Beautiful! The roses are amazing combined with the china. 😉

  4. May 16, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Wow! Your roses are gorgeous!! Beautiful table, so lovely to see.

  5. May 19, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    Your roses are beautiful, and they make a fantastic centerpiece for your table. I like the way you used containers in a neutral color and with simple lines to let the beauty of the roses stand out. The entire table-scape is gorgeous.

  6. May 19, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I love this table setting….beautiful!!! I love roses…and peonies…

  7. May 24, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  8. May 27, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    David Austin roses…I'm off to find his catalog and see if they have a chance of flourishing out here on the prairie. Your Juliska dishes are the perfect partner for your beautiful garden roses. They dance together so nicely. Beautiful design work. The chairs are a great addition. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay