Recommended Floribundas


Frensham, 3 to 4 ft., crimson-scarlet, is the best variety. Exceptionally free-flowering, extra hardy and makes an attractive hedge.

Other worthwhile reds include Barbecue (2 to 3 ft.), Charlotte Wheatcroft (3 to 4 ft.), Elsinore (3 to 4 ft.), Evelyn Fison (3 to 4 ft.), Firecracker (2 to 3 ft.), Lilli Marlene (2 to 3 ft.) and Red Dandy (2 to 3 ft.).

The brighter scarlets include the orange-scarlet and vermilion shades, which present a bewildering choice. All are notable, particularly Allotria (2 to 3 ft.), Diamant (3 to 4 ft.), Dickson’s Flame (2 to 3 ft.), Korona (3 to 4 ft.),

Meteor (2 ft.), Orangeade (2 to 3 ft.) and Orange Sensation (2 to 3 ft.).

Sherry, 2 to 3 ft., is excellent for floral decoration, is brownish-red, like an Oloroso sherry, and does not spoil in heavy rain.


Chanelle (3 to 4 ft.), a delightful buff-pink.

Dearest (2 to 3 ft., fragrant), Queen Elizabeth (5 ft.), Silberlachs (3 to 4 ft.) and Vera Dalton (2 to 3 ft.) are especially commendable.


Anna Wheatcroft (2 to 1-1/2ft.), rosy-salmon and She (2 to 3 ft.), salmon-opal, are very popular for cutting.

Border Coral (2 to 3 ft., fragrant), Elysium (3 to 4 ft., fragrant), Flamenco (2 to 3 ft.), Polka (2 to 3 ft., fragrant), and Ulster Queen (3 to 4 ft.) are outstanding.

Paddy McGredy, 2-½ ft., bears numerous fragrant blooms shaped like miniature hybrid teas.


Unlike the older varieties, the newer yellows hold their colour reasonably well in strong sunlight. Recommended are Allgold (2 to 3 ft.), Gold Cup (2 to 3 ft.), Gold Marie (3 to 4 ft.), Golden Fleece (2 to 3 ft.), Honeymoon (3 to 4 ft.) and Yellow-hammer (2 to 2-½ ft., fragrant).


Dainty Maid, 4 to 5 ft., pale pink and carmine, although an old variety, should not be overlooked.

Sweet Repose, 2 to 3 ft., fragrant, a pleasing confection of pink and gold.

United Nations, 2 to 3 ft., a very beautiful blend of salmon-pink and light yellow. Tends to mildew on occasion.

Daily Sketch (3 to 4 ft., fragrant), plum-red and silver like a small-scale Perfecta; Faust (3 to 4 ft.) is yellow with pink flushes; Golden Slippers (2 to 2-½ ft.), a blend of orange and yellow; Summer Song (2 to 2-½ ft.), combines orange and lemon; Tambourine (3 to 4 ft.) is cherry-red and yellow; Zambra (2 to 3 ft.), a blend of orange and yellow, but with rather fewer petals than Golden Slippers.


Circus, 3 to 3-1/2 ft., similar to Masquerade but with more orange.

Masquerade, 3 to 4 ft., fragrant, the most famous ‘quick-change artist’ which starts golden-yellow and ends deep red, is a ‘must’.

Rumba, 1-½ to 2 ft., a mixture of yellow, orange and red, is magnificent for cutting. The old blooms persist for too long on the plant.

Shepherd’s Delight, 3 to 4 ft., blends of yellow and red, makes a gay and unusual hedge to about 4 ft. if spaced about 2 ft. apart and pruned lightly.


Iceberg, 3 to 4 ft., the best white, bearing quantities of dainty, long-lasting blooms.

Ivory Fashion, 2 to 3 ft., full, high-centred, ivory-white flowers balanced by dark green foliage.


Magenta, 3 to 4 ft., fragrant, a deep mauve self, is the finest of the near-blue shades. Withstands heavy downpours, and is a challenge to the floral artist.

Lilac Charm, 1-1/2 to 2 ft., single flowers, pastel mauve with golden anthers. There are also several varieties with the prefix Lavender, including Lavender Girl and Lavender Lassie, all worth a trial but too new for evaluation. Overture is a lilac-mauve self which is valuable for cutting. Heights differ according to variety.


The Walt Disney Compacta roses are in this group. They are named after the Seven Dwarfs — Bashful, Doc, etc. They bear their blooms in compact trusses, reminiscent of a dwarf phlox. All flourish on the driest soils and are markedly resistant to black spot disease.

Baby Masquerade, miniature edition of the famous red, pink and yellow Masquerade.

06. September 2013 by admin
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