Floribundas

Shorter and more compact than the ubiquitous hybrid teas, floribundas are — as you may guess from their name — cluster-bloomers. This quality makes them excellent landscaping roses, in groups with one another or as part of mixed flowerbeds. They're also a better choice for smaller spaces and smaller gardens. Floribundas were bred to be hardier than hybrid teas, so they're a better choice for colder climates, where they don't need the pampering that hybrid teas do.

Floribundas also remain in bloom all summer. In any given cluster, you may observe some in bud, some partially open, and some fully open blossoms. This staggering keeps the show going and is also a nice quality in a homegrown bouquet.

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