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. Clusters of beautiful 'old world' blooms in shades of softest salmon pink make a real show throughout the season. Disease resistant dark green foliage and a soft fragrance. One of the 'Palace' series bred by Poulsen and a very nice rose.TM. PVR 1991.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. Eye Candy offers an abundance of large clusters of soft medium pink blooms with a cream reverse. These blooms last well both on the plant or in a vase. It has a tidy compact growth habit that is low and spreading. Mid green leaves complement the pink blooms beautifully on this extremely healthy rose bred by NZ’s own Rob Somerfield. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 90cm
Floribunda. The bright yellow blooms with their stunning red centres and golden stamen offered in a stunning display continuously throughout the season. The complimentary glossy deep green foliage enhances the vividness of the flowers. Blooms fade to awhite with violet centers. Disease resistant, lightly scented. Deciduous
Colour: Yellow / Red Habit: Bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 60cm
Floribunda. Bred in New Zealand this vibrant rose has single blooms of bright scarlet highlighted by a white centre and prominent golden stamens. Flowers non stop and grows well with very little fuss. Can be used as border or low hedge. 1975.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. The latest new look in roses! Clusters of pale pink, almost white flowers that have an attractive mauve-purple blotch in the centres.. This rose has fragrance, individuality and a mass of colour produced throughout the season. Definitely one for the enthusiast! Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / Lilac Habit: Bushy upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 65cm x 50cm
Floribunda. A vibrant rose with large bright orange blooms that represent the warm glow of good 'Fellowship'. A real stand out in any garden with a lovely fragrance as an added bonus.
Well worth planting. 1992 PVR. RHS AGM.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. Showy orange blooms with a white reverse. Masses of blooms form large clusters on long stems and have a lovely fragrance. Petals fall cleanly so the bush always looks tidy. Upright habit and dark glossy leaves with good disease resistance and very few thorns. Winner of the Gold Star of the South Pacific. Bred by Rob Somerfield 2017. Deciduous
Colour: Orange / Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.1m x 0.9m
Florabunda. A striking new floribunda with rich sunset shades of pink, apricot and peach. Another persica hybrid with a distinctive purple eye. Fragrant, healthy and continuous flowering. UK Rose of the Year 2015.
2015 Rose of the Year winner UK
Fragrant Pink bi colour
/ PinkHabit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 90cm
Floribunda. An award winning rose with large loose blooms in tones of salmon, copper and raspberry red. This rose is generally healthy and easy care with a very generous amount of bloom from summer to autumn and of course it has a delightful sumptuous scent. PVR 1978.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m