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 is a Polyantha type rose with cupped, semi-double pink blooms that have a nice fresh fragrance. The clusters of flowers repeat from spring through to early summer. A vigorous grower that shows good disease resistance. Very pretty. 1923.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. A dainty little rose with small flowers of salmon apricot with a yellow centre. A very healthy plant that is seldom without a flower. Would look good in a terracotta pot to present as a gift to a special friend.
Colour: Pink / Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 75cm
Floribunda. This delightful new fragrant rose offers golden buds that open to beautiful soft yellow blooms of moderate size that will cover the plant. Healthy deep green foliage provides a rich contrast for these gorgeous blooms. Deciduous
Colour: Yellow Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Floribunda. A pretty rose named after a lovely lady - NZ Rosarian Nancy Steen. The abundant blooms are large, fully double, fragrant and borne in clusters. The colour is blush pink with a cream centre. Nice glossy dark bronze-green foliage. Bred in NZ 1976.
The late Nancy Steen also has a rose garden named after her in the Parnell Rose Gardens - Auckland. Lovers of roses and history should also check out her book 'The Charm of Old Roses'.
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.75m x 0.6m
Floribunda. Celebrating 70 years of the NZ Gardener Magazine. The blooms are delightfully pretty in a soft apricot-pink colour and charming old fashioned form. Maturing flowers turn a dusky pink. Mid green leaves complete the picture. Deciduous.
Colour: Apricot / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Floribunda. One of the very best purple roses with richly coloured deep purple petals that gently fade to lilac. At its best when fully open. Very fragrant and a strong grower with good disease resistant. 1991. PVR.
Colour: Purple / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 60cm
Floribunda. This rose is well named as it is in deed very 'Opulent'. Darkest red buds open to reveal large red blooms that are delightfully fluted and ruffled. A very generous rose with an abundance of blooms from spring until autumn. Soft fragrance, good strong, compact grower. PVR 1995.
I grow this rose in my garden and find it to be very reliable and a good performer. Seldom without a flower through-out the season.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 60cm
Floribunda. A truly spectacular rose that has large fully double blooms that are 'painted' with orange and lemon yellow stripes. The glossy green disease resistant foliage is tinted with a hint of mahogany. Very striking. Few thorns. Another winner from Mr McGredy. 1992. PVR.
Colour: Orange / Yellow Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 60cm
Floribunda. Pacific Glory has masses of blooms in large clusters in a unique colour combination of lavender, pink and tan. Relatively tall with very dark glossy foliage. Good disease resistance. Official rose for the World Federation of Rose Societies Regional Convention in Palmerston North in 2013. Bred by Rob Somerfield in 2012 Deciduous
Colour: Pink / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Hybrid Tea. This rose gives you the best of both worlds as it has all the attributes of modern breeding with a beautiful old fashioned look. The double, red, fragrant blooms are opulent, full and produced in good quantities. Named to celebrate Parnell's heritage - a suburb of Auckland. PVR 1963.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.3m x 1m