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Drift Rose

  • Category: Ground cover, Rose
  • Mature Height: 1 ½-2 1/2'
  • Mature Width: 2-2 ½’
  • Light Requirements: Full sun
  • Water Requirements: Low once established
  • Hardiness Zones: , , , , , , ,

Drift Roses are compact and dependable plants perfect for small spaces. Drift roses look great in containers, perennial borders, rock gardens, and work well as accents. Classified as a “groundcover rose” Drift roses can be used to cover large spaces that require low-growing plants. Drift roses are available in several colors, including pink, red, coral and yellow. Some of our favorite cultivars include:

‘Sweet’– Full Double Pink
‘Red’– Double Red
‘Coral’– Warm Double Pink
‘Popcorn’– Warm yellow fades to a creamy white color, double flower

Along with masses of flowers, Drift roses also have sturdy and dependable foliage. Nearly evergreen in warm zones or mild winters, these plants make great foliage plants as well as a blooming groundcover in low maintenance areas. As with all roses, Drift Roses do best when planted in full sun, but can tolerate a bit of afternoon shade. Amend soil to improve drainage, as roses do not tolerate wet feet. Rarely phased by pest or disease issues, these roses are perfect for a busy gardener. As with other roses be sure to apply good cultural practices to avoid any pest or disease problems: Water roses in the early morning hours and avoid wetting the leaves as much as possible. Feed plants seasonally and prune lightly in late winter to maintain plant vigor and size.

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