Grandiflora roses are crosses between Hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses. They combine desirable characteristics of the two lines. Their well-shaped blooms on long stems are inherited from the Hybrid Teas, while their hardiness and repeat blooming come from the Floribunda side.
The Queen Elizabeth rose was the first Grandiflora rose. It was introduced in 1954 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The slideshow below follows the development of one bud on our Queen Elizabeth rose this January. This plant has been a hardy bloomer, reliably flowering for over twenty years.