Rose Red Drift® Description
Easy groundcover rose with carefree blooms from summer-frost!
If you are struggling with other shrubs, you might want to consider cold and heat hardy Drift roses. Growing 18-24" tall x 3-4 feet wide, their wide spreading habit make them ideal as a groundcover offering 5 months of continuous color! Drift color. They perform well under the intense sun and heat of southern gardens.
Red Drift is a luscious deep red color that won't fade in heat. It offers just the right pop of color where you need it.
Low maintenance and easy to grow. Excellent on slopes or banks where their tightly knit roots help prevent erosion. Add continuous color to an entryway or throughout a perennial border or fill up your favorite containers on the patio. A real favorite for an informal garden where they can weave throughout the bed.
Introduced by Conard-Pyle, who brought us world-famous Knock out roses. Drift roses are a cross between miniature roses and ground cover roses. They bloom all season and perform well from zones 5-9.
How to grow
- Delights in average moisture retentive, but well drained soil. Best to shelter against strong winds.
- Thrives in full sun to part shade. They will flower more and better with a minimum of 4 hours of sun a day. Shade reduces the number of blooms
- Overall, roses need good air circulation and best not to plant too tight to allow air movement between plants
- Roses love moisture. Water in the morning if possible. Add mulch to retain moisture, but don't place too close to the crown of the plant
- Roses are heavy feeders. Add fertilizer such as Osmocote in spring. Repeat application about a month after the first bloom flush.
- Self cleaning. Blooms are self cleaning and do not need deadheading.
- Pruning is generally not needed except to shape plant in spring. We recommend trimming 1/3 off in spring.
Ways to use Drift roses
Use as a groundcover in an informal border where it can drift between plants for endless color. Dress up an entryway or mailbox. Excellent on banks and slopes
Roses can be used in many ways, including mixed perennial beds. Given it's more rounded form, they contrast well with upright forms, such as Shasta daisies, perovskia, or coneflowers. Consider combining with silver foliage plants such as artemisia Powis Castle or silver mound or combine with a blue foliage narrow leaf festuca groundcover.
Consider planting in drifts of 5,7 or more or use as a low growing hedge. Consider planting near the base of a climbing rose or another climbing vine, such as clematis Combine with other shrubs such as blue flowering caryopteris or a Knock Out Rose. Add a vertical lift with calamagrostis Karl Foerster.
Invaluable for color and nice fragrance in the patio garden. Select a big enough container and locate in a spot that receives sun for at least a half a day. No need to confine this to a patio area. Containers can be brought into paved areas, around a pool or walkway. Containers dry out quicker than plants in the ground - so make sure they get plenty of water.
Special features: Blooms first year, Cold hardy, Container, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Ever-blooming, Fast growing, Fragrance, Heat tolerant, Attracts hummingbirds, Long blooming, Multi-seasonal interest, Re-blooming, Pest resistant, Rabbit resistant, Salt tolerant, Season extender
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- Botanical name:
Rose 'Meigalpio' Red Drift
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- Zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9
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18-24" x 36"
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Accent, Border, Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Foundation planting, Ground cover, Hedge, Massing, Ornamental, Specimen
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- Patent #: PP 17,877
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Soil: Prefers medium moisture, slightly acidic, well-drained garden loam. Roses benefit from the addition of compost, aged manure, or leafmold to the planting soil.
Light: At least 5-6 hours of direct sun per day is preferred, though this variety will grow very well in part shade locations with excellent disease resistance.
Water: One inch of water per week throughout their first growing season. A generous layer of organic mulch (compost or composted manure) helps keep the soil evenly moist. If weather is dry in the fall, be sure to water Roses well. Never allow the foliage to remain wet into the evening; water early in the day.
Spacing: 3 - 4 ft.
Fertilizing: To keep the flowers coming, feed your roses with a fertilizer blended especially for roses. This should be done after each bloom cycle.
Winterizing: If you live near a rose's cold limit, and you garden on an exposed site or in an area where rapid temperature fluctuations are common, you should mound two shovelfuls of composted manure, garden soil, compost, or shredded leaves over the base of the plant in late fall after the ground freezes. Covering these mounds and the lower parts of the bushes with evergreen boughs will add protection. Pull the mounding material away from the stem as new growth emerges in spring. Prune branches injured over winter when new buds emerge in spring.
Maintenance & pruning: Cleaning up old foliage is important for disease control. Prune to remove deadwood, to control or direct growth, and to promote flowering. Wait until growth breaks from the canes in early spring before pruning. Every 2 or 3 years remove about one third of the old branches to stimulate new, fresh growth. If you are trying to keep the roses at a certain height, you can cut them back hard with hedge shears. No need to worry about usual rose pruning rule of cutting back to an outward facing leaf bud; just lop them down to the desired size. There is no need to remove faded flowers because these roses are self cleaning.
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