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.
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Floribunda. You'll just love this rose darling as it's absolutely fabulous. Healthy, dark green, disease resistant foliage and stems of showy golden blooms that are produced in abundance. Nice strong fragrance and all together a must have. Multi International Award Winner. PVR. 2009.
Floribunda. Named in France in honour of our Southern French town. The blooms display a range of colour tones as the flowers mature from soft pink to strong cherry to cerise with a white reverse, displayed in abundance and covering a compact bush. Repeats well.
Flower Colour: Red / Pink Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 90cm x 80cm
Floribunda. Glossy green foliage and fully double, fragrant blooms of soft cream, peachy, pink make this rose named after UNICEF Ambassador, Ali Mau a desirable addition to the garden. Every sale of this lovely rose means a generous donation to UNICEF. PVR.
An upright Floribunda with highly fragrant, fully double blooms of lavender mauve. The edge of the petals are a slightly deeper shade of mauve. Continuous trusses hold well on an upright bush and are complemented by the dark, leathery green foliage. 1968.
This rose has won several awards including one for fragrance.
Floribunda. This rose will certainly attract attention in full flower. The blooms are a blend of apricot, orange, red and yellow and quite stunning. Nice soft fragrance. The foliage emerges a rich mahogany and matures to a glossy green. Generally healthy and trouble free. PVR. 2004.
This rose is aptly named after stunning and talented NZ opera singer (saprano) Anna Leese.
Floribunda. Anniversary is graced with soft porcelain pink blooms that cover the whole bush with their profuse display. Strong glossy green foliage with good disease resistance. The perfect anniversary gift that will provide long lasting delight. 1997. PVR.
Floribunda. An unusual rose with blooms of soft lilac with hints of cream that gradually fade to an antique coffee shade. Strong, rich fragrance. This would be a lovely rose to complement perennials in a mixed border. Repeats well throughout the season. Bred in NZ 2011. PVR.
Floribunda. Vigorous medium growing plant, with striking golden apricot blooms catching the eye in the garden. Produced in clusters, the blooms have a good scent. Healthy, medium green glossy foliage. Bred by Somerfield. 2021
This was a Certificate of Merit winner at the New Zealand Rose Society Trials in Palmerston North 2021.