14 Floribunda Roses for Your Flower Garden

Gene Boerner and Betty Prior Floribunda Roses

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Take the compact shrubby growth habit and and blooming clusters of polyantha roses, and combine that with the vast color palette of the hybrid tea rose, and you get floribunda roses. This is exactly what horticulturlists did—cross the profuse-blooming polyantha roses with the elegant and shapely hybrid tea roses to arrive at this modern class of hybrid roses.

In appearance, floribundas are relatively stiff shrubs, that are smaller and bushier than most hybrid tea roses, but less sprawling than polyantha shrub roses. Although the flowers are smaller than those of the tea roses, they appear in large sprays that give a very dramatic visual effect in the garden. Unlike polyantha shrub roses, whose colors are often rather limited, the floribundas are available in the same broad range of colors and the hybrid tea roses, and with the same classic blossom shapes.

In other words, floribundas offer the best of all worlds. The flowers bloom freely with excellent shape and color, and the shrubs are quite hardy. These roses are a top choice for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike.

Gardening Tip

Floribunda roses do best in a sheltered location where they are protected from strong winds. At the same time, they need enough space to provide for good air circulation, which will help minimize fungal diseases.

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    Julia Child (Rosa 'Julia Child')

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    Julia Child believed that a dab of butter improved almost any dish, so she would appreciate the buttery hue of her namesake rose. Excellent disease resistance on compact plants with a long bloom time make this a good choice for beginners looking to fill a gap in the front of the summer border. 

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 4–10

    Height: 26–31 inches

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    Impatient (Rosa 'Impatient')

    Impatient Floribunda rose Georgianna Lane/Getty Images

    Nostalgia for all things 1980's is trending, so that should include the 1984 introduction 'Impatient' Floribunda rose. This rose does seem to be impatient to reveal its floriferous nature to the gardener, blooming nearly from spring until frost with regular irrigation and fertilization. The reddish-orange blooms blend well with other hot colors in the garden, so underplant with some marigolds or coreopsis. 

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 6–11

    Height: 3–4 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    Iceberg (Rosa 'Iceberg')

    Iceberg Floribunda rose Alexander Adegbenro/Getty Images

    The 'Iceberg' floribunda rose has been a flowering garden favorite for nearly six decades. Pure white flowers don't have any cream or pink and are truly icy-white. The shrubs are very free flowering, and nearly thornless, which makes harvesting for the vase easy. This is a tall-growing shrub that can be trained as a climber.

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 5–9

    Height: 3–12 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    'Mardi Gras' (Rosa 'Mardi Gras')

    Mardi Gras Floribunda rose Georgianna Lane/Getty Images

    The 'Mardi Gras' rose is not a fragrant selection, but the nonstop blooms that mirror a sunset on the beach make up for it. Flowers are larger than many floribunda roses, held aloft on four-foot shrubs that make a fine hedge. 

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 5–9

    Height: 3–4 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    August Seebauer (Rosa 'August Seebaur')

    August Seebauer Floribunda rose Georgianna Lane/Getty Images

    Also known as 'The Queen Mother,' this floribunda consistently produces rich pink blooms on compact plants in spring, summer, and fall. This variety looks best in the front of the border and thrives in mildly acidic soil enriched with compost.

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 6–11

    Height: 2–3feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun ​

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    'Hot Cocoa' (Rosa 'Hot Cocoa')

    Hot Cocoa Floribunda rose Georgianna Lane/Getty Images

    'Hot Cocoa' blooms offer a seldom-seen hue that shifts from orange to rich rust, depending on the stage of flowering and sunlight exposure. The russet tones complement autumn cut flower arrangements perfectly, and conveniently the plants put out a large late flush of flowers in September and October. 

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 5–11

    Height: 3–4 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    Burgundy Ice (Rosa 'Burgundy Ice')

    Burgundy ice rose
    Burgundy Ice Floribunda rose Lamontagne/Getty Images

    The rich plum blooms of 'Burgundy Ice' smell as lovely as they look. Prune the shrubs in late March to help the shrubs keep a tidy shape. 

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 5–9

    Height: 4–5 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    Summer Fashion (Rosa 'Summer Fashion')

    Summer Fashion Floribunda Rose Georgianna Lane/Getty Images

    Rose growers who like the hybrid tea 'Peace' will admire the same cream and pink coloration on 'Summer Fashion' roses. The blooms of 'Summer Fashion' are larger than many floribundas, maintaining an upright form on four-foot plants. 

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 6–11

    Height: 3–4 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    Rhapsody in Blue (Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue')

    Rhapsody in Blue Floribunda rose Georgianna Lane/Getty Images

    Gardeners are still waiting for a true-blue rose to be developed by horticulturists, but in the meantime, we can enjoy the violet blossoms of 'Rhapsody in Blue' that flirt with the blue side of the color wheel. 

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 5–10

    Height: 6–7 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    Scentimental (Rosa 'Scentimental')

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

    Scentimental Floribunda rose Michael Davis/Getty Images

    The pert red and white stippling of 'Scentimental' floribunda roses is as fresh as a candy cane, and although the flowers work well a standalone border focal point, wouldn't they look great paired with blue cornflowers or blue balloon flowers?  Scentimental also comes in solid yellow, red,and pink versions.

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 6–11

    Height: 3–5 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    Sexy Rexy (Rosa 'Sexy Rexy')

    Sexy Rexy Floribunda rose Georgianna Lane/Getty Images

     If an English rose and a camellia had a baby, the result might be the fabulous form of the 'Sexy Rexy' floribunda rose. Packed with petals yet possessing a pleasing sense of refinement, the perfect cotton candy pink of 'Sexy Rexy' looks good enough to eat. 

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 5–10

    Height: 4–5 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    Eye Paint (Rosa 'Eye Paint')

    Eye Paint Floribunda rose Georgianna Lane/Getty Images

    Sometimes a simple, single-petaled rose can look every bit as brilliant as the double varieties. 'Eye Paint' has vibrant yellow stamens that contrast with carmine petals, drawing admiration from bees and butterflies.

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 6–11

    Height: 3–5 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    Monkey Business (Rosa 'Monkey Business')

    Monkey Business Floribunda rose Georgianna Lane/Getty Images

    After winning the 2010 Floribunda of the Year award, many new gardeners learned of the dark green foliage and masses of banana yellow blooms that make this a must-have rose for the garden. Moist, rich soil and abundant sunshine will help 'Monkey Business' reach its potential in the landscape. 

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 6–11

    Height: 3–5 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    Betty Boop (Rosa 'Betty Boop')

    'Betty Boop' Floribunda rose Georgianna Lane/Getty Images

    'Betty Boop' roses are likely to elicit compliments from garden visitors for their showy gold and red-edged petals. The bushes are hardy and vigorous, and while the flowers don't have much fragrance, the happy color combo makes up for it. 

    Native Area: Nursery hybrid

    USDA Growing Zones: 6–11

    Height: 3–5 feet

    Sun Exposure: Full sun