Floribunda Roses V

Rosa ‘Lion’s Fairy Tale’ (syn. LIONS-ROSE, ‘KORvanaber’, ‘Champagne Moment’) (Kordes 2002) – This German introduction features creamy-white double blooms (3.25″ wide) with a subtle apricot center borne in clusters. It was England’s rose of the year in 2006 and has glossy dark green foliage. Disease resistant and repeat blooming. Grows 3-4′ high by 2-3′ wide. Zone 6.

Rosa ‘Drop Dead Red’ (syn. ‘WEKcharlie’) (Carruth 2010) (‘City of San Francisco’ x ‘Lasting Love’) – A floribunda rose with hybrid tea charms, as the velvety dark red double blooms (about 3.5″ wide) can attest to. These have a mild tea fragrance and contrast well against the deep green foliage. The flowers are larger in regions with cooler summers. Grows 4-5′ high by 3′ wide. Zone 5.

Rosa SEXY REXY (syn. ‘MACrexy’, ‘Heckenzauber’) (McGredy 1984) (‘Seaspray’ x ‘Dreaming’) – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner features 2.25″ wide double Camellia-like blooms (about 40 petals) of medium pink held in large, showy clusters. These are lightly scented but the shrub makes a nice informal flowering hedge. Grows 3′ high and wide. Zone 6.

Rosa ‘Eureka’ (syn. ‘KORsuflabe’) (Kordes 2003) – This interesting floribunda rose features up to 4″ wide (26-40 petals) old-fashioned blooms of apricot to amber held in showy clusters. They have slight fragrance but contrast well against the glossy dark green foliage. It repeat blooms, has good disease resistance and forms a dense shrub. Grows 3-4′ high and wide. Zone 5.

Rosa ‘Royal City Rose’ (syn. ‘Jalapri’) (Jalbert 1999) (‘Pretty Lady’ x ‘Living Easy’) – This rose was named for the 150th anniversary of the City of New Westminster in British Columbia. It features 3.5-4″ wide double flowers of salmon-orange to apricot that repeat bloom from late spring until frost. A good ‘own root’ candidate. Grows 3′ high by 30″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

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