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6 Floribunda Roses for Your Garden

A botany graduate, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth.

The Floribunda roses were created in the early 1900s by crossing the profusely blooming polyantha roses with the hybrid tea roses.

The floribunda variety of roses produces blooms that are smaller in size when compared to hybrid tea roses, but they make up for the size by producing large colorful, vibrant clusters.

Below are six varieties of floribunda roses that are a great addition to your garden.

Mardi Gras Floribunda Rose

Mardi Gras Floribunda Rose

1. Mardi Gras Floribunda Rose

The “Mardi Gras” floribunda roses were first bred in the United States by Dr. Keith Zary in 2007. This plant is a shrub that is 3-4 feet tall with double blooms. Each rose measures about 4 inches wide and has 20-25 petals with a light spicy fragrance. The roses are produced in single or in small clusters.

The “Mardi Gras” roses are apricot-orange to red blended with bright pink, orange, and yellow. They bloom continuously over a long season, from late spring to late fall.

This variety needs a minimum of 6-8 hours of direct sun each day with fertile, well-draining soil to flourish. For mild climates, deep water the plants once a week, but if the climate is warmer or drier, check the moisture level of the soil once every 4-5 days.

Fertilize the plant with a granular all-purpose fertilizer in early spring when the leaves begin to open. Since these plants are repeat bloomers, additional fertilization throughout the growing season will result in many vibrant blooms. Prune the “Mardi Gras” rose variety in early spring for the best growth.

Hot Chocolate Floribunda Rose

Hot Chocolate Floribunda Rose

2. Hot Chocolate Floribunda Rose

The “Hot Chocolate” floribunda rose was first bred in 2002 in the United States by Tom Carruth. This plant is a robust bush that grows to about 3-4 feet in height. It is densely branched, producing blooms in trusses continually throughout the season.

The deep-rust buds produce roses that are brownish orange with ruffled petals. The leaves are dark green and glossy. The roses measure about 4 inches in width with approximately 40 petals and have a pleasant fruity fragrance.

These plants are repeat bloomers. For best results, grow this plant in fertile, moist but well-draining soil. To flourish, these plants need full sun for at least 6 hours.

Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost and remove fallen leaves. Water the plant generously till the plant is well established. Fertilize the soil each spring and prune it in late winter or early spring.

Rhapsody in Blue Floribunda Rose

Rhapsody in Blue Floribunda Rose

3. Rhapsody in Blue Floribunda Rose

Rhapsody in Blue floribunda rose is a bushy shrub that grows 4-5 feet tall. The flowers are semi-double and measure 2.5 inches across with 16 petals. It was first bred by Frank R. Cowlishaw in the United Kingdom before 1999.

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The roses are iridescent purple, fading into mauve-gray with a strong fruity-floral fragrance. They bloom abundantly from late spring to fall. The leaves are medium green with a semi-glossy texture. These plants grow well in full sun with rich fertile well-draining soils with adequate moisture.

For best growth and flowering, apply a balanced fertilizer and mulch in late winter or early spring.

Impatient Floribunda Rose

Impatient Floribunda Rose

4.Impatient Floribunda Rose

The “Impatient” floribunda roses were introduced by William A Warriner in 1982. These plants are shrubs that grow to 3-4 feet tall.

The roses are orange-red with a mild fragrance. They bloom from mid-spring to mid-fall. They are highly centered semi-double with 16-25 petals, have a mild fragrance, and are long-lasting. The leaves are dark green and glossy.

These plants tolerate most soil types and grow well in full sun, moist, well-draining soil.

Sunsprite Floribunda Rose

Sunsprite Floribunda Rose

5. Sunsprite Floribunda Rose

The “Sunsprite” floribunda rose is a variety developed by Reimer Kordes and introduced in 1973. This plant grows to about 3-4 feet tall with an upright, rounded habit.

The roses are bright golden-yellow, 3 inches wide, and strongly scented. The color of this rose hardly fades. The blooms are flat, highly centered, and have about 30 slightly ruffled petals. They are borne singly and bloom in continuous flushes from late spring to fall.

These plants grow well in full sun, rich fertile well-draining. For best growth and flowering, apply a balanced fertilizer in late winter or early spring and once again in summer.

Hot Cocoa Floribunda Rose

Hot Cocoa Floribunda Rose

6. Hot Cocoa Floribunda Rose

The “Hot Cocoa” floribunda rose plant blooms offer brilliant hues that shift from orange to rich rust, depending on the stage of flowering and sunlight exposure. It was first bred in 2002 in the United States by Tom Carruth. This plant is a bush that grows from 1 to 2 feet tall. These plants have a flush late flowering period from September to October.

The flowers may be single or double with a mild pleasant fruity fragrance and are produced in large clusters. The “Hot Cocoa” plant is easy to grow and is hardy and disease resistant. The leaves are dark glossy green, providing a vibrant background for the russet brown roses.

The blooms are a little smaller when compared to other floribunda roses measuring about 3 inches in diameter. The flowers are densely packed with as many as 40 petals per bloom.


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