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. A very popular rose with clusters of soft apricot buds that open to ivory blooms, blushed with apricot and fading to cream as they age. Beautifully formed. Continuous flowering and a gentle fragrance make this a very rewarding rose. 1982. PVR.
Colour: Apricot / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.75m x 0.6m
Floribunda. AKA Korresia. One of the most justly admired yellow roses, which holds both its shape and its clear bright colour. Reliable flowers over a long period and a nice strong fragrance. If you like yellow you will love this multi-award winning rose. 1974.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Floribunda. 'Frilly Jilly' was named NZ Floribunda Rose of the Year in 2008 with very good reason. Gorgeous, fragrant, frilly apricot flowers that fade gently to gold. Lovely fragrance, reliable and regular blooms throughout the season. PVR. 2006.
Colour: Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. Glowing Ruby produces masses of sumptuous dark velvety red blooms. This combined with healthy disease resistant foliage and it's ability to repeat well make this a great option for your gardens colour palete. Prefers moist well drained soil and full sun. Deciduous
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 90cm
Floribunda. Bred right here in NZ this outstanding rose won NZ Rose of the Year in 2007. The shiny dark green foliage is highlighted by masses of golden apricot blooms which appear continuously throughout the season. Just lovely. 2006. PVR.
Colour: Gold Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 60cm
Floribunda. An unusual rose with large clusters of pink buds that open to chartreuse-green blooms with hints of buff and pink. Quite a vigorous grower and to quote Rosarian Peter Beales 'good for cutting and conversation'. Would look good in a container. 1980.
Colour: Green / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 60cm
Floribunda. A charming low growing rose that produces clusters of fully double, creamy white flowers with soft pink and peachy highlights. Matt dark green foliage and a nice soft fragrance. A good hedging rose and for group planting in beds. Flowers continuously throughout the summer. 1909.
Pronounced 'Grooss ahn ar-kn' - the name of this rose refers to the the breeder's home town of Aachen and means "greetings to Aachen" - just in case you were wondering!
Colour: Cream / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 70cm
Floribunda. This little sweetie is a sport from Gruss an Aachen registered in 1929. The bush has a compact low growing habit making it an ideal container rose however don't worry the bloom size is not compromised. Lovely fragrant clusters of double peachy pink blooms will delight from summer to autumn.
This rose is relatively thorn free for those of you who don't like giving blood.
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Floribunda. A lovely dark red rose with semi-double, ruffled blooms produced in regular clusters. Nice glossy foliage and a sweet fresh perfume make this rose a lovely one to pick. Bred in Demark 1986 and named after the Danish writer of fairy stories. Shows good disease resistance. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.6m