Cluster-flowered Bush Roses (Floribundas)

Average height is 2 ½ to 3 ft., or as varied by conditions and cultivation.

Allgold Bright yellow. Clusters of well-formed buds open to clear yellow blooms, holding the colour well. Deep green, shiny foliage provides a lovely backing. Below average height. Raised by Le Grice (England) 1958.

Anne Cocker Glowing vermilion. Flowers the size of overcoat buttons, double, long lasting, one to a stem in mighty inflorescenses. May need anti-mildew precautions. Above average height. Raised by Cocker (Scotland) 1971.

Apricot Nectar Light apricot. Wide, semi-double flowers, charming pale colour, with fragrance. Average height. Raised by Boemer (USA) 1965.

Arakan Blush pink. High-centred flowers, crammed in profusely, and looking straight up from the clusters. Below average height. Raised by Harkness (England) 1968.

Floribundas

Arthur Bell Bright yellow, fading cream.

Grows upright, with handsome bright green leaves, and is one of the most fragrant of its class. Above average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1965. Bonfire Night Brilliant orange red with a touch of yellow. The crowded semi-double flowers and dark sparkling foliage provide a deep glow of colour. Average height or more. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1971.

Busy Lizzie Soft light pink. Remarkable explosion of bloom covers the plants. Semi-double, unsophisticated. Average height. Raised by Harkness (England) 1971.

Charles Dickens Salmon to orange pink. A most pleasing colour, in blooms opening semi-double from well-formed buds. Average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1970.

City of Belfast Bright scarlet. An aggressive display of colour from quite a modest plant. Colour is held very well. Below average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1968.

City of Leeds Salmon pink. Rather a plain colour, but a splendid performer, giving quantities of well-formed flowers. Makes an excellent bed. Average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1966.

Dearest Soft rose pink. Gains a subtle touch of salmon, especially as a cut flower. Fragrant and well loved, although it gets in a mess in rain, and needs a watch for disease. Average height. Raised by Dickson (Ireland) 1960.

Dr Barnard° Crimson. A safe red variety as a rule, with large flowers for the class, and commendable foliage and vigour. Average height. Raised by Harkness (England) 1969.

Elizabeth of Glamis Salmon shaded apricot. Included here for the supreme beauty of elegant flowers in glorious colour — and with fragrance too. But watch it like a hawk for rust. Average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1964.

Escapade Rosy violet, white centre. Has about nine petals, which it opens to show its stamens, and to diffuse its perfume. Unconventional, very charming, and a gem to cut — take it when the buds show colour. Above average height. Raised by Harkness (England) 1967.

Evelyn Fison Bright deep scarlet. One of the most generally used modern varieties for bedding. A good, satisfying red colour. Average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1962.

Gardeners’ Sunday Bright yellow. Has the desirable quality of holding the colour fast, on a tallish plant with flowers of good form and fragrance. Above average height. Raised by Harkness (England) 1975. Hakuun White tinted buff. This compact provider of summer snowdrifts suffers the injustice of almost totally being ignored. Below average height. Raised by Poulsen (Denmark) 1966.

Iceberg White. The flowers are of lovely formation, and borne abundantly on a plant which lends itself both to bedding and to being grown as a shrub. The supreme white rose ; it can get mildew and blackspot, but is responsive to a helping spray. Average height or more. Raised by Kordes (Germany) 1958.

Irish Mist Orange salmon. Colour and flower form have strong appeal. The plants branch well for bedding purposes. Glossy leaves. Average height or less. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1966.

Kerryman Pink. The unusual rose-pink colour is warm and lively, the flowers large and well formed. May need watching for blackspot. Average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1970.

Kim Yellow flushed red. One of the dwarf floribundas, making cushion plants 15 in. or so high. The flowers are full and well formed. Well below average height. Raised by Harkness (England) 1973.

Lagoon Pale lilac. The five-petalled flowers open to show a fluffy centre of yellow stamens against the pastel lilac petals. Unusual. Average height. Raised by Harkness (England) 1973.

Lilli Marlene Bright crimson. A workman-like producer of brilliant red by the yard. A good bedding rose, semi-double, to be found in most parks. Average height. Raised by Kordes (Germany) 1959.

Lively Lady Rosy vermilion. Handsome double flowers, in a colour both lively and out of the ordinary. Average height. Raised by Cocker (Scotland) 1969.

Living Fire Orange red. Grows upright, with a mantle of fairly large semi-double flowers to justify the name. Above average height. Raised by Gregory (England) 1973.

Manx Queen Orange (actually orange yellow and red). Carries its smallish flowers very densely, has some scent, makes a bold show. Average height. Raised by Dickson (Ireland) 1963.

Margo Koster Coppery salmon, but may revert to red. A short grower, with clusters of small cup-shaped flowers; quite an individual rose, comes from an old polyantha line. Well below average height. Raised by Koster (Holland) 1931. Marlena Deep crimson. The best dwarf floribunda, making extremely neat rounded plants 1 ft. or so high. Very good looking and free flowering. Well below average height. Raised by Kordes (Germany) 1964.

Masquerade Yellow, turning pink and finally red. The rose which showed the world at large the chameleon ability in the genus. Semi-double flowers, well formed. Unfortunately is generally infected with rose mosaic virus. Average height. Raised by Boerner (USA) 1949. Maud Cole Slate purple. A strange colour, reflected to some extent in the purplish foliage; an off-beat colour for floral artists. Average height. Raised by Harkness (England) 1968.

Megiddo Scarlet. Large semi-double flowers provide a great blaze of red. May get blackspot. Average height. Raised by Gandy (England) 1970.

Meteor Vermilion red. Dwarf floribunda, up to 18 in. usually, with well-formed flowers of apt size for a little plant. Well below average height. Raised by Kordes (Germany) 1958.

Michelle Salmon pink. Attractive double flowers, fragrant. A good rose, which unfortunately has failed to gain general favour. Average height. Raised by De Ruiter (Holland) 1968.

Molly McGredy Rose red, whitish reverse. Double flowers of good size and form. This is a dependable variety to produce plenty of blooms and abundant dark green leaves, but not everyone’s colour. Above average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1969.

Moonmaiden Light primrose. The flowers cluster in all the open space they can find about the plant, not crowded, but abundantly and full of life. Below average height. Raised by Mattock (England) 1970.

News Reddish purple. A bold beetroot kind of colour, which goes well with Moonmaiden, and shows the interesting range of rose hues. Average height. Raised by Le Grice (England) 1969.

Orangeade Vermilion red. Large clusters of flowers open to show the stamens, and thus present a bold show of colour. Some liability to blackspot. Average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1959.

Orange Sensation Light vermilion red. Small double flowers, of pleasant formation and fragrance, and excellent lively colour. Average height. Raised by De Ruiter (Holland) 1961.

Orange Silk Orange vermilion. Well-formed flowers in a clear bright colour. The leaves are bright and glossy. Average height or a little less. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1965.

Paddy McGredy Carmine. Although lowly in stature, it bears large double flowers in spreading inflorescences, giving an impression of quality en masse. May black-spot. Below average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1962.

Picasso Design of red upon whitish eye, rims and reverse. ‘Hand painted’ is the raiser’s way of putting it. Unique and beautiful, needs fine weather to show itself off. Below average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1971.

Pineapple Poll Orange yellow flushed red. Small flowers, very neatly formed, with delicious pineapple scent. Usually better in summer than autumn. Below average height. Raised by Cocker (Scotland) 1970. Pink Elizabeth Arden Rose pink. One of the most agreeable pink colours, soft and warm. Enough petals to make a flower of very pleasant formation. The leaves are deep green, a good foil. Average height. Raised by Tantau (Germany) 1964.

Pink Parfait Pink with creamy shading. Elegant and free flowering, with long flowers of much beauty and grace. Average height. Raised by Swim (USA) 1960. Princess Michiko Deep orange red. One to commend notice in all the glaring colours of modem roses; vivid without being vulgar. Average height. Raised by Dickson (Ireland) 1966.

Queen Elizabeth Rose pink. Tall and easy growing, the best rose for a hedge, and also one of the best for cutting; its clusters of well-formed pink flowers are compact, on pleasant straight stems. Well above average height. Raised by Lammerts (USA) 1954.

Redgold Yellow marked red. The blooms are shapely, of good size, and the colours bright and pleasing. Average height. Raised by Dickson (Ireland) 1966.

Rob Roy Brilliant crimson. About as fine a shade of red as one could wish to see. The flowers are large, the foliage abundant. Average height. Raised by Cocker (Scotland) 1971.

Sarabande Bright red. Not so easy to procure as it should be; the flowers have five petals, and fairly cover the spreading plants in red. Below average height. Raised by Meilland (France) 1957.

Scented Air Rosy salmon. Large semi-double flowers, rather loosely formed. This is a handsome plant to grow as a single specimen, and pleasantly fragrant. Above average height. Raised by Dickson (Ireland) 1965.

Southampton Apricot orange. Those who want another orange floribunda cannot do better than plant this healthy rose. Fragrant. Above average height. Raised by Harkness (England) 1972.

Stephen Langdon Deep crimson. A splendid bright red, with well-formed flowers in abundance. Average height. Raised by Sanday (England) 1971.

Tony Jacldin Coral pink shaded orange. Bright in colour, a reliable bedding rose with well-formed blooms. Average height. Raised by McGredy (Ireland) 1972. Topsi Vermilion. A dwarf floribunda, with clusters of closely set flowers borne not only in profusion, but in quick succession. Well below average height. Raised by Tantau (Germany) 1972.

Vera Dalton Rose pink. The buds are well formed, high centred, and the flowers are still charming when fully open. Average height. Raised by Norman (England) 1961.

Yvonne Rabier White. A sweetly scented white, with small double flowers on neat bush plants. Not widely grown, unfortunately. Average height or less. Raised by Turbat (France) 1910.

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