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 award winning rose has dark shiny foliage and slender pink rose buds that open to blush pink cupped blooms. The sweetly scented flowers appear continuously throughout the summer. With good disease resistance this is overall just a lovely rose. 1991. PVR.
The perfect gift for someone special. Even the non-gardener would find it hard to resist this lovely rose. Perhaps pot one up and 'present'.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1.2m
Floribunda. There probably aren't enough superlatives to describe this excellent white rose. The petals are richly textured with just a little blush of pink in the centre offset by warm bronze stamens. Multi award winner including one for fragrance. Disease resistant. 10 out of 10! 1978. PVR.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.75m x 0.6m
Floribunda. A striking rose with clusters of semi-double flowers with blended stripes in shades of vibrant orange and cream. Nice fragrance and repeats well. The red new foliage matures to a healthy dark green. A fascinating and unusual rose. 1995. PVR.
Colour: Orange / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Floribunda. A unique and striking rose with a powerful spicy fragrance. The generous trusses of small, semi-double flowers are shaded a sensuous rich purple highlighted with golden stamens. While this rose is quite vigorous it has a compact habit and is virtually thornless. PVR. 2003.
The NZRS recommend that this rose is best grown in light shade to protect the beautiful blooms from burning in the sun.
Colour: Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. An unusual and beautiful rose from Sam McGredy with large, beautifully formed blooms in moody tones of lilac and blue. A good strong grower that holds its shape well and repeats profusely. Unusual grey-green foliage. Lightly scented. 1991 PVR.
Colour: Mauve / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Floribunda. Very pretty sprays of semi-double to single lilac blooms with attractive red stamens. Nicely fragrant with a good healthy growth habit. Glossy green foliage. The simple beauty of this rose will soon have you singing "it's a marvellous night for a Moondance" ........PVR. 2001.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
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. Bob Matthews of NZ bred this rose and named it for his Mum so you know it is going to be a top performing and beautiful rose. The colour of the abundant blooms is a blend of coral, salmon, apricot and pink. Vigorous and healthy with a nice even growth habit and scent. PVR.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
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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