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Best floribunda rose

AnomanderAnomander Posts: 88
Dear Gardeners

What would be your top pick for a floribunda rose in terms of SCENT, flower production, repeat flowering and health?

In another forum, Meilland did a great rose called 'Bolero' (Meidelweis) least that is what they call it in the USA.  I do not know if this was the same name here in Europe.  It seems wholly unavailable here though.  Another suggestion was Harkness' 'Well Being' but I find that it is not as generous with the blooms.


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,385
    Of those I have, or have had recently, mine would be... 
    'Minerva' [Vissers Belgium 2011].. needs good cultivation …
    'Magenta' [Kordes 1954]… lavender.. also needs good cultivation with manure... old fashioned blooms...
    'Absolutely Fabulous'...[Carruth U.S.].. licorice scent.. beautiful, with large glossy foliage.. [a.k.a. 'Julia Child']
    'Forever Royal'...[Cowlishall UK..2001].. a favourite floribunda, always in bloom, and sweet musky scent, on a free flowering bush..
    'Wild Rover' [Dickson UK 2007].. a climbing floribunda to 10 foot.. clove scented.. floriferous.. some black spot in August... but otherwise just a great climbing rose...


    'Forever Royal'

    East Anglia, England
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 534
    I like this thread. I'm new to floribunda roses as started with climbers. I have meilove white and Persian sun. The former is very floriferous. Scent OK. Grows to about 60cm and the blooms are double with yellow stamens.

    Persian sun is a bit disappointing in terms of flower production the colour is a tel citrus orange though which I like. It may not last the long term in my garden.

    I've just planted Margaret merril, blue for you so I'm excited about those. Minerva is also on the way! 
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 534
    Persian sun
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 534

  • NollieNollie Posts: 6,737
    Forever Royal is gorgeous, Marlorena...but I’m a sucker for anything purple  :)
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • JemulaJemula Posts: 168
    English Miss and Margaret Merrill are my favourites.  Both have good scent.
  • AnomanderAnomander Posts: 88
    Thank you SO much for the responses! At first, I thought it would be a toss up between Minerva and Magenta but English Miss and Margaret Merrill have truly surprised me! Meilove has the charm but sadly, not the fragrance. Persian Sun is quite an eye catcher, though not the colour scheme I had in mind (sadly also lacks the fragrance power). Ffoxglove, another 'blue' (I. E. lilac) rose that I found produced amazing blooms was Blue Moon. Only trouble is the very upright HBT form and not very floriferous nature.

    So Minerva wins the first semi-final because of the flower profusion. Margaret Merrill goes through to the semi's as well but the winner?? 

    Margaret Merrill! 
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    have a look on David Austin's rose website, every rose you could imagine
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