Drift® Rose

Plant Description:

These small-scale roses can make a big impression and are great for tucking into a container garden or tiny corner of your landscape.  The same company that brought us Knockout® roses has created the Drift® rose series, the result of a cross between groundcover roses and miniature roses.  These plants bloom almost continuously and offer flower colors in red, pink, coral, peach, apricot, and pale yellow that turns to white in a variety of flower forms that include cuplike, double, and semi-double. 

Mature Size:     1 ½ feet tall; 2-3 feet wide

Growth Rate:     Moderate

Plant Habit:     Spreading/Mounded

Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:

Foliage Color:     Green

Flower Color:   Red, Pink, Coral, Peach, Apricot, Yellow

Bloom Time:     Spring to Fall

Attracts Wildlife:     N/A

Uses:  Containers, Perennial Beds, Groundcover, Front of Shrub Border 

Growing Requirements:

Cold Hardiness Zone(s):  4-10

Exposure:       Full Sun

Water Needs:  Moderate 

Soil Tolerances: Moderately Drought Tolerant; Requires Well-Drained Soils

Soil pH:  Acidic to Alkaline

Maintenance:  Easy/Low

General Care & Growing Tips:

As with other roses, these plants should receive at least six hours of sunlight each day and be planted in soil amended with plenty of organic matter.  Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch to help retain soil moisture.  If planting in a container, choose a pot with good drainage and use a high-quality potting mix.  Water regularly until fully established and apply a slow-release fertilizer periodically during the growing season for continuous growth and better performance.  Deadheading spent flowers isn’t necessary, but will encourage re-blooming and maintain a tidy appearance.

Common Pests:

Drift® roses are relatively problem free in many areas and have excellent disease resistance to rust, powdery mildew, and black spot. However, they can be susceptible to chilli thrips and Cercospora leafspot.

Reference:  University of Florida. (2012). Gardening in a Minute: Drift Roses. http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu


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