The Drift Roses
*Scroll below to see a review of each Drift Rose variety
Over the past three years, I have planted every variety of Drift Rose in my landscape here in mid-Georgia. All are performing exceptionally well, even throughout the longest and hottest summer on record we experienced last year. I've seen no serious pest or disease problems.
Drift Roses are repeat-bloomers that are tough, disease resistant, winter and summer hardy and virtually maintenance-free. They are a cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniature roses. From the former they kept toughness, disease resistance and winter hardiness. From the miniatures, they inherited their well-managed size and repeat-blooming nature. They are winter hardy to zone 4 and thrive all the way down to zone 11!
The low, spreading and/or mounding habit of Drift Roses makes them the perfect choice for smaller spaces. I've used them in many applications: to brighten up borders, fill in empty spaces, along walkways or paths, and to spread delicately around larger established plants throughout my landscape. I've tucked them in throughout the landscape to provide season-long color.
Culture & Care
Soil - Drift Roses aren't too finicky about soil type, provided it is well-drained, but not too dry. Moist, well-drained, somewhat fertile soil is best. If you're soil is heavy clay mix in some organic matter and/or soil conditioner to loosen the soil. If the planting area does not drain well take steps to improve drainage. To test drainage, dig the planting hole and fill it with water. If it drains within an hour or two this is sufficient.
Sun - They'll grow in full, all-day sun or in morning sun with afternoon shade. Morning sun is a must to dry dew from leaves.
Pruning - I prune Drift Roses lightly between blooming cycles and heavy in late winter - to about 6 inches above the ground.
Fertilizing - I fertilize Drift Roses in early spring and again after every heavy bloom cycle with a mild, natural fertilizer or slow-release rose food.
The 7 Varieties...
Red Drift has the most petite flowers of all of the Drift Roses. The flowers are a deep red and are borne in profusion, repeating from mid-Spring to frost. It is perfect for use in front of border plantings. Red Drift makes a beautiful statement when it drapes naturally over a rock wall or edge. Grows 1-2' tall by 2-3' wide. See Red Drift Rose Plant File
Clear pink double flowers seem to float in clusters atop dark green glossy foliage. This is the most double-flowered of the Drift Roses and has the most natural shape. A great choice where a more old-fashioned look is desired. I have them planted on a slope in front of my 1930's cottage style home. Grows 1-2' height by 2-3' wide. See Sweet Drift Rose Plant File
An abundance of bright coral-orange blooms repeat from mid-spring to frost on dense, mounding shrubs. Out of all the Drift Roses, Coral Drift has the most vibrant flowers that catch your eye from anywhere. Mix and match with similar or contrasting colors to really wow. Grows 1-2' tall by 2-3' wide. See Coral Drift Rose Plant File
Apricot Drift exhibits a true groundcover habit and offers a fresh look to the series. Double apricot colored flowers begin flowering in spring and repeat until frost. Perfect for small gardens or along paths and walkways. Grows 1-2' tall by 2-3' wide. See Apricot Drift Rose Plant File
Popcorn Drift Rose is the very latest addition to the Drift Rose Series, and features a wonderful pastel bloom and a nice fragrance. Popcorn Drift produces nice, tight creamy yellow buds which open as a nice light yellow color at first, then gently fade into a creamy white with faint yellow accents - many times also showing tinges of peach as well. Popcorn Drift Rose Plant File
Pink Drift produces masses of very eye-catching deep pink, single flowers with a white eye zone atop dense, mounding plants from mid-spring to frost. If I had to pick a favorite, this one might be it. Grows 1-2' tall by 3' wide. See Pink Drift Rose
Peach Drift is one of the most floriferous dwarf roses available. When flowering, Peach Drift looks as though it has several colors of flowers on the same plant. Flowers emerge a peach color then fading to a light peach and finally to light pink. Grows 1-2' tall by 2' wide. See Peach Drift Rose Plant File