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. Oh Honey Child you're going to love this rose with its blaze of gorgeous blooms in shades of warm bronze and apricot. Masses of fragrant flowers will delight throughout the season. The foliage also has complementary bronze tones, just lovely. 1997. PVR.
Colour: Apricot / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. Drop dead gorgeous blooms toned in moody shades of blue, lilac and mauve with just a hint of white in the centre, all highlighted by golden stamens. Good repeat of bloom throughout the season. Nice powerful fragrance to delight the senses. UK 2006. PVR. AKA 'Blue for You'.
Colour: Blue / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 60cm
Floribunda. Where do they get these names! Anyway this rose is certainly hot with deep pink semi double flowers with a reverse of silvery white on the petals. Tall growing with healthy disease resistant foliage. PVR.
Colour: Pink / Grey Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Floribunda. With a name like Hot Topic you just knew this rose had to have red or orange in it's bloom. Well this one comes with both. These orange blooms have a flush of red as the petals age and yellow stamens finish the picture and the gorgeous dark green leaves make the perfect compliment. Bred in NZ by Rob Somerfield. Deciduous.
Floribunda. For those of you who love 'Iceberg' rose but want just a bit more colour in your lives this 'sport' has white blooms brushed softly with pink - very pretty. Strong and healthy with plenty of blooms that have a nice light scent. Your garden will definitely be in the pink. PVR 1997.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 0.6m
Floribunda. Discovered in 1995 this sport of 'Iceberg' has semi-double, honey scented blooms of bright cerise pink. There is just a hint of cream in the centre highlighted by pink stamens. Has all the fine attributes of 'Iceberg' i.e. a healthy and vigorous rose that is generous with bloom. PVR.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 0.6m
Floribunda. This outstanding relative to the ever popular white Iceberg has sumptuous blooms of burgundy wine with royal purple overtones. Very free flowering with a soft fragrance, a top performing rose in every way which is simply a must have. 2007. PVR.
The intense colour of the new blooms will fade as the bloom ages especially in our hot afternoon sun. Therefore consider a garden position where it is a bit cooler in the afternoons.
Colour: Purple / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m X 60cm
Floribunda. One of the best white roses - ever! Free flowering with loose, double, pure white flowers. The blooms are produced in clusters of up to 15 per spray. Pleasantly perfumed with a gentle fragrance. Nice clean foliage, multi award winner and deservedly so.1958.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
Floribunda. Very large, well formed flowers in an interesting combination of colours from buff to copper tinged with ivory and pink. Lightly fragrant and nice to pick. Ideal for background planting. Repeats well. 1971.
Colour: Pink / Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. New to Us. In Loving Memory gives non stop clusters of bright red flowers and lush green growth through out the season. This upright bushy plant is a top garden performer. Awarded Gold Star of the South Pacific. As a memorial rose or just a stunning red for your planting scheme this rose delivers. Deciduous
Colour: Red Habit: Upright bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m