First Bloom – ‘Ketchup & Mustard’ Floribunda

I’ll have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about ordering a rose named for condiments, but its color combination intrigued me and so I ordered three. We planted these around our lamp post on the front lawn. They have grown rapidly since planting them bare root about 6 weeks ago. Today, we see the very first blooms of this beautiful new floribunda.

I label all my roses and when I placed this marker in the bed which is very close to the sidewalk, several neighbors have asked me if that was the real name of the rose.

As you can see, classic rose form on this rose create a near perfect center. As these shrubs mature, I will look forward to entering them in the rose show and sharing them with friends.

I look forward to sharing more about this rose in the future.


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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6 Responses to First Bloom – ‘Ketchup & Mustard’ Floribunda

  1. Pingback: First Bloom – ‘Ketchup & Mustard’ Floribunda | Garden Roses |

  2. shemann says:

    So unusual Chris. I love it. Looks like an artist came by and painted it.


  3. Randy says:

    That’s just incredible! I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m looking forward to learning more about roses. I love them, but I just don’t have the time to give the hybrids the care they need. I can only have the ones as tough as nails. LOL


  4. Lona says:

    Oh Chris it is beautiful. I love it. Now I cannot wait to see mine bloom. LOL!


  5. Great pictures and it is not easy to get great pictures of such vibrant roses.


  6. Holleygarden says:

    I’ve heard this rose mentioned a lot – catchy name – but like you, I was a bit skeptical. Didn’t sound ‘pretty’ to me. But what a stunner it is! Thanks for the picture. I bet this rose almost glows with that gold on the back of each petal.


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