When we think of roses, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a bunch of long-stemmed red blossoms given as a gift for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary, or just as a general romantic gesture. However, there’s so much more to these beautiful flowers than this cliché image. They make a striking feature in any garden and are actually mucheasier to care for than you might expect. Here’s why you should consider a Floribunda rose as the next addition in your outdoor space.
A rose by any other name
Unless you’re a keen gardener, you might not have heard of a Floribunda rose before. However, these bushy shrub roses are becoming more and more popular these days. In fact, one variety – the yellow-petalled Belle de Jour – has even been chosen as Rose of the Year for 2021. Once you start looking into it, it’s easy to see why people are fond of this breed.
Floribunda roses were created by cross-breeding Hybrid Teas (known for their large flowers) with Polyantha roses (which have large clusters of small flowers). The result is a characteristic plant with several bright and beautiful flowers on each stem. Thanks to this abundance of blossoms, Floribunda roses are perfect for gardens.
They will bloom all summer long
Their flowers generally bloom from June until October, and althoughthey don’t have a particularly strong scent, they will give your garden a joyful splash of colour that lasts all summer. Certain varieties are also good for attracting bees to your garden, so planting them is also a great way to do your bit for the environment.
Plenty of variety
You’ll be pleased to know that there are far more colours of Floribunda roses available than just red. A quick browse of the offerings from Country Garden Roses reveals you can choose from classic pinks, creams, and oranges to more attention-grabbing two-tone and striped varieties. So whatever your garden’s current colourscheme, you’re sure to find a Floribunda rose to match it.
Caring for your Floribunda
If you look after Floribunda roses well, they’ll blossom every year in rose beds or mixed borders. Don’t worry if you don’t have much flowerbed space, though, as you can also grow them in large pots to decorate a patio or courtyard. There are several different varieties to choose from, some low-growing and others tall, so you can choose the best type for the space you have available.
Wherever you plant them, the robust nature and disease resistance of Floribunda roses makes them generally easy to care for. It’s best to plant them between autumn and early spring in a sunny and sheltered spot with well-drained soil and room to breathe. You’ll also want to prune your rose bushes annually around the beginning of March to ensure they flower well each year and always look their best – just follow an online guide if you’re not sure how!
So whether you’re a green-fingered gardening enthusiast or you prefer to leave your garden to look after itself, Floribunda roses are a great way to add colour, elegance, and a light fragrance to your outside space.