As we leave the 1920’s behind and the birth of suburban life begins the modern Floribunda Rose starts to make an appearance. Compact and free flowering, this style of rose was just what modern gardeners were looking for.Initially these roses were known as Hybrid Polyanthas which we learnt last week means many flowered. The Americans, who were leaders in the development of this new style of rose, preferred the term Floribunda which they started to use in the 1930’s and this is the term still used by Rosarians today.
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Poulsen Roses of Denmark did some of the initial breeding of Floribundas producing a rose called Red Riding Hood which led to two more Floribundas called Else Poulsen and Kirsten Poulsen introduced in 1924. The American Nursery Jackson and Perkins continued the development and introduction of many new Floribundas and at one time this family owned nursery was renowned as the world’s largest rose grower. To name drop just a few famous Floribundas: - where would we be without[C1]Iceberg (and its many permutations), Margaret Merrill, Sexy Rexy or Satchmo? A personal favourite of mine is Queen Elizabeth not because I am an avid royalist but it was the first rose I learnt the name and history of when I was a budding pre-teen gardener. The main characteristic of Floribunda Roses is that their flowers are carried in large clusters or sprays giving a mass display often from spring right through to autumn.
Floribunda. This rose has beautiful buff-yellow and apricot flowers which are large and cupped with several in each cluster. Very fragrant. Foliage dark and glossy with a strong bushy growth habit. 1965.
Colour: Yellow / Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Floribunda. Avalanche is certainly the right word for this free flowering rose. Bred from Iceberg, masses of lightly scented, creamy-white double blooms smother the bush throughout the season. Vigorous disease free plant. A worthwhile addition to your rose garden. 1989. PVR.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. A showy rose with an amazingly generous display of deep rich yellow flowers through out the season. A very vigorous healthy grower with a tidy upright growth habit. (Not to be confused with climbing rose of the same name.) PVR Deciduous
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Floribunda. Betty Boop is a good looking gal with eye-catching blonde yellow blooms edged in red. She smells good too! Medium growth habit and dark glossy foliage. Makes a spectacular display. Award winner. PVR.
Colour: Cream / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. An award winning rose that is lovely to behold. Clusters of blooms that are semi-double and shaded a beautiful clear lilac highlighted by prominent golden stamens. The strong fruity perfume will remind you of sweet apples on a warm day. Extremely healthy and blooms by the bucketload. 1999. PVR.
'Blueberry Hill' was a popular song from the 1940's sung by Fats Domino and when you look at this lovely rose it will certainly be a visual symphony.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Florabunda. Carol-pink blooms with dark and brooding centres make this a stand-out rose for gardeners. Pick the blooms from Nov to April as they just keep on coming. Black spot and mildew resistance, coupled with these heavily scented bright flowers, make this rose an easy garden choice. Deciduous
Colour: Pink / Dark pink Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Floribunda. This is a lovely rose that may just need a bit of special care to perform to its best but the results are well worth the effort. Free flowering shaggy double blooms with loose petals. The colour is usually described as similar to cafe au lait with a hint of soft peach. Sweet fragrance. 1956.
Colour: Apricot / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 50cm
Floribunda. AKA Rainbow Nation. Named after a French Impressionist painter this eye catching rose has a colour pallette of yellow, pink, cream and red. Flowers generously throughout the season and is very robust and well behaved. Something different. PVR. 1996.
Colour: Yellow / Pink Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Floribunda. Perfectly shaped, large double blooms in glowing salmon pink with a light fragrance appear in clusters throughout the season. A vigorous healthy grower that shows good disease resistance. 1986. PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 90cm
Dazzling floribunda that has vibrant orange blooms that are well formed and freely borne on a neat bushy plant of medium habit. They appear almost luminous, standing out whatever the weather and lasting well without fading. Foliage is dense, glossy and dark green with excellent resistance to disease.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm