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 definitely lives up to its name. Gorgeous smoky pink blooms are produced in large clusters throughout the season. Nice compact habit. A winner of the Gold Star of the South Pacific. Bred by Rob Somerfield in NZ, 2006. PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. They should plant these at Wimbledon! This unusual and eye catching rose will certainly attract attention in the garden. Striped, fragrant blooms of red and cream that gently fade to pink and cream. Plenty of blooms and overall a healthy plant. PVR.
Colour: Red / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Floribunda. Delivering an abundance of fragrant, soft apricot blooms above mid green leaves. Continuous flowering, lovely for the garden or enjoy your 'strawberry blond' in a container. Bred in NZ By Rob Somerfield 2014 Deciduous
Colour: Orange / Apricot Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Floribunda. A sweet little rose that has generous clusters of pink buds that open to reveal pretty dainty blooms in shades of soft pink and white. Flowers continuously for a long period. The foliage is light green and generally healthy and disease resistant. A really lovely rose that puts on a good show.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. This little honey of a rose has large, beautiful, double flowers that are a blend of apricot and peachy pink. Lovely sweet fragrance. Free flowering and worthy of a place in any rose collection. 1972.
Colour: Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 60cm
Floribunda. Large, double, hybrid tea style blooms in a deep rosy pink with a creamy centre and a yellow reverse. They are generally produced in small clusters, have a moderate fragrance, and are set amongst medium to dark green matt foliage. Deciduous. PVR
Colour: Pink / Cream Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Floribunda. Bred in NZ this delightful and dainty little rose flowers continuously from spring until autumn. The blooms are shaded a soft creamy white and are lightly scented. A lovely gift or celebration rose for weddings and anniversaries. PVR. 1999.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
Floribunda. This Rob Somerfield bred Rose is the most gorgeous blend of cooper and soft terracotta tones. The blooms are fully double and very beautiful with just the lightest scent. The glossy, dark green foliage completes the picture. Flowers well throughout the season. PVR 2011.
'Top Shelf' was awarded a Gold Medal by the New Zealand Rose Industry in 2011 - the year of first release.
Colour: Orange / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m