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. 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.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 75cm
Floribunda. An award winning rose with beautifully fragrant blooms. Plump buds open to loosely cupped flowers shaded a rich amber yellow. Upright bushy habit with attractive light green foliage. PVR 1997.
Colour: Yellow / Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
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.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
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.
Colour: Orange / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
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. Winner of the Gold Star of the South Pacific.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm
Floribunda. This rose has beautiful buff-yellow and apricot flowers which are large and cupped with several in each cluster. Very fragrant. Foliage dark and glossy with a strong bushy growth habit. 1965.
Colour: Yellow / Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Floribunda. Avalanche is certainly the right word for this free flowering rose. Bred from Iceberg, masses of lightly scented, creamy-white double blooms smother the bush throughout the season. Vigorous disease free plant. A worthwhile addition to your rose garden. 1989. PVR.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. A showy rose with an amazingly generous display of deep rich yellow flowers through out the season. A very vigorous healthy grower with a tidy upright growth habit. (Not to be confused with climbing rose of the same name.) PVR Deciduous
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Floribunda. Betty Boop is a good looking gal with eye-catching blonde yellow blooms edged in red. She smells good too! Medium growth habit and dark glossy foliage. Makes a spectacular display. Award winner. PVR.
Colour: Cream / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. An award winning rose that is lovely to behold. Clusters of blooms that are semi-double and shaded a beautiful clear lilac highlighted by prominent golden stamens. The strong fruity perfume will remind you of sweet apples on a warm day. Extremely healthy and blooms by the bucketload. 1999. PVR.
'Blueberry Hill' was a popular song from the 1940's sung by Fats Domino and when you look at this lovely rose it will certainly be a visual symphony.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m