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.
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
Floribunda. Winner of New Zealand’s top rose award the Gold Star of the South Pacific in the New Zealand Rose Society international trials. A bright red rose that honours those who died in the terrible Christchurch earthquake. Disease resistant healthy bushes. Deciduous
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 80cm
Floribunda. A new rose that will appeal to those who love apricot tones. The generous blooms that appear in flushes throughout the season are slightly fragrant and toned a very lovely deep apricot shade with just a hint of yellow in the centre. Generally healthy and a good performer. 2012. PVR.
Colour: Apricot / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. City of Lights has masses of lemon blooms with a sweet alluring fragrance that smother the bush. Medium to small in height and healthy with medium green glossy foliage. Bred by Rob Somerfield. Deciduous
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 60cm
Floribunda. Bred in NZ and when first released demand outstripped supply. A uniquely coloured perpetual flowering rose with trusses of warm brown blooms overlaid with deep orange. Nice light fragrance with good upright growth. Gold Medal winner. 1983. PVR.
Colour: Brown / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. Picture perfect porcelain pink blooms are produced profusely on this neat and tidy bush! A really pretty rose that would make a lovely gift for yourself or a special someone. Nicely perfumed as well. Bred in NZ. Certificate of Merit. PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Floribunda. This is a rose that will really hot up your rose garden. The blooms are a sizzling bright orange with hints of yellow. Would look fabulous mass planted with a background of green or perhaps try in a terracotta pot. Great for picking. Bred by Delbard. PVR.
Colour: Orange / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Floribunda Std. Disco Tango is a lovely climber with apricot and orange blended semi-double flowers that are lightly scented. A healthy, bushy, vigorous rose that flowers continuously and has glossy dark green foliage. Plant in full sun. Deciduous.
Colour: Apricot Habit: Standard Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Floribunda. Sumptuous, old-fashioned, fully double blooms that are coloured a deep dusky purple and carry a sensuous spicy fragrance. Dark glossy green foliage and plenty of blooms throughout the season. Absolutely gorgeous. PVR 2001.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m