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FutureStarrGrandiflora vs floribunda
"Grandiflora" is a term coined in 1954 to describe a new rose developed from a cross between hybrid tea and floribunda roses. Grandifloras tend to carry their flowers in clusters on top of tall stems. The flower size is a bit larger than floribunda. Grandifloras are one of the taller roses in the modern rose class, so they work well in the back of the border or as a screen. Grandiflora blooms are usually double but lack a striking fragrance. 'Queen Elizabeth' was the very first entry in the grandiflora class.
The Grandiflora class is often placed with Hybrid Teas. They possess the same tall, bushy, upright habit and large, beautiful flowers, but they are formed in clusters on short cutting stems. Many colors and fragrances available. Use in the garden as a tall specimen rose, middle to back border accent or in a cutting garden.Grandiflora roses are known for their large showy flowers. They are a combination of graceful blooms of the hybrid teas married with the repetitive growth cycle of floribundas. The shades of colors go from soft pastels to deep purples and are complemented by the hints of the sweetest floral perfumes. These tall and hardy roses develop on long stemmed clusters for exquisite sophistication in flower border landscaping or hedging. Hardy and disease resistant.
A result of a cross between hybrid tea and floribunda roses, grandiflora-type roses were born of necessity, because the resulting plants didn’t fit in either of the parent categories. Featuring habits of both parents, grandifloras are known for their showy, high-centered blooms similar to their hybrid tea parentage, as well as their taller plant height. From their floribunda parent, grandiflora roses sport multiple blooms per stem, unlike hybrid tea roses. The pioneer of this group of roses was the beautiful ‘Queen Elizabeth’ in 1955. Rosa 'Earth Song' is an extra-tough grandiflora bred at Iowa State University. Large, clear-pink, urn-shape blooms begin opening in early summer and continue until frost. The vigorous plant has an upright growth habit with glossy dark green foliage. It grows 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 4-9 (Source: www.bhg.com)