Floribunda Roses III

Rosa ‘Angel Face’ (Swim & Weeks 1968) ([‘Circus’ x ‘Lavender Pinocchio’} x ‘Sterling Silver’) – This 1969 AARS Award winner features semi-double flowers of a lavender mauve (often with darker edges) with a beautiful citrus fruit scent. It blooms throughout the summer over deep green foliage. Good cut flower. Grows 3′ high by 3′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Rosa SHOCKWAVE (syn. ‘WEKgojolo’) (Carruth 2009) (‘Gold Marie’ x [seedling x ‘Baby Love’]) – The contrast of the neon yellow flowers and bright apple green foliage (which is glossy) makes this one of the best floribunda roses on the market. The intense yellow blooms lighten with age but are not prone to fading in the sun. Grows 3-4′ high by 3-4′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

Rosa ‘Playboy’ (syn. ‘Cheerio’) (Cocker 1976) (‘City of Leeds’ x [‘Chanelle’ x ‘Picadilly’]) – It’s not often that a single-flowered (to semi-double) rose catches the attention of gardening enthusiasts, but the huge blooms of orange and scarlet (with a contrasting yellow center) really catch the eye. These fade with some hints of pink. Grows 3 to 4′ high and 3′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Rosa COLORIFIC (syn. ‘WEKplalajaro’) (Carruth 2011) ([‘Playboy’ x ”Lagerfield’] x ”Jacob’s Robe’) – An unusual colour blend of peach, salmon and coral is noteworthy, but these only get better as they mature to deeper tones of orange, scarlet and burgundy. The large blooms (4-5″ wide) make good cut flowers and are produced over dark green glossy foliage. Grows 3-5′ high by 3′ wide. Zone 5.

Rosa KOKO LOKO (syn. ‘WEKbijou) (Bedard 2012) (‘Blueberry Hill’ x ‘Pot ‘o Gold’) – This is one rose you have to see to believe, as the flowers open to a pale milk chocolate or latte colour and fade to a beautiful soft lavender. The 3.5 to 4.5″ wide blooms are mildly fragrant, with the lavender being more prominent in areas with warmer weather. Grows 3-4′ high by 3′ wide. Zone 6.

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