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. Add a touch of romance to your garden with this gorgeous white rose that has masses of double white flowers. If you treat it with lots of love you will be rewarded with flowers from spring until autumn. Lovely dark green foliage with good disease resistance. Bred by Rob Somerfield. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100 cm x 80cm
Floribunda. Bred in NZ by Rob Somerfield and a multi award winner, this showy rose has regular clusters of bright cherry red blooms with a hint of silver on the reverse. Nice dark green foliage and generally a healthy happy bush. Released in 2013. PVR.
Colour: Red / Grey Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Floribunda. This prolific flowerer has mildly fragrant, double silver pink flowers displayed in small clusters on a healthy, rounded, bushy well branched plant. Very healthy disease resistant glossy medium green leaves. Plant in full sun. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 60cm
Floribunda. Royal City Rose has salmon apricot flowers with a pink inner glow. The classic blooms are large and double in form. This rose is named after the City of New Westminster in British Columbia Canada. Deciduous
Colour: Orange / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m