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 showy white blooms. Buds can have a slight pink blush in cooler weather. Very dark glossy foliage. Jack Frost is an extremely healthy rose that has a slight spreading habit. Bred in NZ by Rob Somerfield. Deciduous
Florabunda. JulischkaIs a variety from 'Rosen Tantau' in Germany. This variety has a spreading nature. Clusters of fragrant, semi-double, scarlet flowers, pointed in the bud, from late spring into autumn and repeats well. Glossy, toothed, dark green leaves complete the picture. Deciduous.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Floribunda. A very unusual coloured rose with tones of buff, lavender and pink - hard to describe but beautiful all the same. The blooms are cupped, double and fragrant. Plenty of flowers throughout the season. 1948.
Colour: Mauve / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Floribunda. A multi-award winning rose bred by Rob Somerfield of NZ that created a sensation at the NZ Rose of the Year trials. The glowing florescent cream blooms with lime tinges are distinctive and certainly make a statement. Good repeat flowering, fragrant and generally healthy. PVR.2011.
New Zealand Rose of the Year, Best NZ Bred and Best Floribunda Rose 2011.
Colour: Yellow / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 60cm
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Floribunda. Named after a famous German Love Song from the 1930's sung by Marlene Deitrich, this rose is suitably sensuous and shapely with bright crimson flowers set against dark bronzed foliage. A vigorous grower that flowers reliably over a long period. 1959.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.75m x 0.6m
Patio Floribunda Std. This rose produces creamy buds that open into uniform crisp white semi double flowers. An upright compact bush and sweetly scented flowers with deep glossy green leaves as compliment to the whiteness of these blooms. Great repeat flowerer. Deciduous
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
Floribunda. Looking Good is named for and benefits the cancer charity Look Good Feel Better. This floribunda rose delivers full sprays of multi toned pink blooms radiating light to dark from the centre of the flower. Glossy green leaves the perfect compliment. Bred by Rob Somerfield this rose has all the disease resistance you would expect. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m