HENRI MATISSE – Floribunda/Modern shrub rose which is now widely produced as a cut flower for florists


Bred by Georges Delbard, France and released in 1996, this relatively new rose in Australia has enjoyed the publicity of the Delbard roses and this beauty is particularly favoured because it does so well as a cut flower specimen.

The dark cerise/red petals are slashed with bars of white and no two blooms are identical so the bush in a garden border, growing to around 1metre in height, is a constant reminder of how interesting roses continue to be!

Henri Matisse is included in the Delbard “Painters Collection” since there is a random but distinct link between the Impressionist Masterpieces and the style and colours of the roses in this series – each bloom neither the same, nor entirely different!

For a massive ‘take a look at me’ garden in the front of your home, plant a garden bed of Henri Matisse – use the standard form for greater height and watch your neighbours gasp with delight.

  • Swirling mass of cerise/red and slashes of white
  • Exceedingly healthy rose
  • Masses and masses of repeat blooms
  • Ideal cut flower rose


The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:

WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.

FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.

PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.

MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.

4 Replies to “HENRI MATISSE – Floribunda/Modern shrub rose which is now widely produced as a cut flower for florists”

  1. I have a Henri Matisse rose in a large pot which usually gets dappled sunlight. However, our temperature in the last week has been in the mid 30’s. The rose has developed brown leaves and the flowers have wilted. After reading your comments should I water more often than 10 days?
    I may need to mulch more!
    Thank you,
    P Davies

    1. The rose is probably dead by now if you’re only watering IN A POT EVERY 10 DAYS!!!!! A potted rose MUST HAVE WATER EVERY SINGLE DAY unless it has received more than 5mm of rain .. sorry you didn’t realise this and you’ve lost a magnificent rose! Cheers … Diana

    1. got no idea about your ‘issues’ with internet comments but would like to tell you that I’m staggered that you would only water a potted rose every 10 days when in fact, a rose which is living in a pot would require DAILY WATERING!!!!!!!!! Surprised the rose isn’t dead but because rose are so tough, it would press on and wait for the care and consideration it deserves … enjoy this magnificent rose when you care for it as it deserves … cheers … Diana

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