On top of being particularly robust and disease-resistant, floribunda roses are prized for their clusters of flowers that appear over a long season.
What they lack in scent they more than make up for in colour, with cultivars to be found in a kaleidoscope of colour. Floribunda roses are repeat flowerers, so deadheading them to prolong the colour – find out how to deadhead roses.
Produced by crossing hybrid tea roses and polyantha roses, floribundas are typically smaller and bushier than hybrid tea roses, and more upright than polyanthas.
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Check out of our favourite floribunda roses to grow, below.
Rosa ‘York Minster’
The blooms of ‘York Minster’ are creamy-white, with just a hint of orange. It also has a gentle, sweet fragrance. Deadhead spent blooms to ensure it repeat flowers from summer into autumn.
Height x spread: 1m x 80cm.
Rosa ‘Gold Spice’
H x S: 80cm x 70cm.
With its rich butter-yellow flowers, ‘Togmeister’ is great floribunda rose to grow if you’re looking to inject some colour into a gloomy area of the garden. Plus, the flowers have a delicious fragrance.
H x S: 75cm x 75cm.
Rosa ‘Lady Marmalade’
As the name suggests, Rosa ‘Lady Marmalade’ has gorgeous peony-like blooms that are a rosy-orange colour. Deadhead regularly to promote more of the spicily fragranced flowers. A compact, tidy cultivar.
H x S: 90cm x 70cm.
Rosa ‘Celebration Time’
A compact, American-bred cultivar, ‘Celebration Time’ has beautiful red blooms with a lavender tinge to them. Each flower cluster bears eight to 10 blooms with a light fragrance. Makes a pretty addition to a herbaceous border.
H x S: 1.2m x 1m.
Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’
‘Hot Chocolate’ has stunning smoky red flowers that are complemented by dark, glossy foliage. A strong fragrance enhances their appeal as a cut flower.
H x S: 1.2m x 1m.
H x S: 80cm x 60cm.
Rosa ‘Claire Marshall’
A bushy, compact habit and superb lilac-mauve flowers make ‘Claire Marshall’ a great choice for small gardens or containers. It has a rich fragrance and makes a lovely cut flower. You might also come across it under the name ‘Harunite’.
H x S: 60cm x 60cm.
H x S: 1m x 75cm.
Rosa ‘Moment in Time’
If you’re after a pure red floribunda, consider ‘Moment in Time’. It’s a compact cultivar, growing to around 50cm tall and producing masses of blooms from summer and into autumn.
H x S: 50cm x 50cm.
Siting your floribunda rose
Floribunda roses will grow in almost any soil as long as it is well drained – they thrive in a soil rich in organic matter. As they are vigorous, with strong roots, they need plenty of space.