Rose enthusiasts and busy gardeners delight in this versatile, low maintenance rose that adds a beautiful splash of color to any garden. Drift roses were created by crossing full-size groundcover roses with miniature rose bushes. The result is a beautiful, healthy rose bush with the toughness to stand up to Mississippi summers, disease resistance, and winter hardiness of the groundcover rose combined with the smaller, delicate size and repeat-blooming nature of the miniature rose.
Drift roses are naturally small and perfectly proportioned, their delicate flowers contrast with their attractive foliage and will continuously bloom from spring to frost. They typically reach 2 to 3 feet tall with a spread of 3 to 4 feet. Flowers bloom in brilliant clusters with each blossom about the diameter of a tennis ball, some slightly smaller.
Drift Rose Varieties
Drift roses come in a stunning variety of colors that will add a delightful dose of charm to any setting. Plants are very similar, while blooms range from bold red to soft pastels:
- Icy (snow-white)
- Pink (single bloom) – Rosa ‘Meijocos’
- Peach – Rosa ‘Meiggili’
- Coral – Rosa ‘Meidrifora’
- Apricot – Rosa ‘Meimirrote’
- Popcorn – Rosa ‘Novarospop’
- Sweet (clear pink double flower) – Rosa ‘Meiswetdom’
Planting and Caring for Drift Roses
- Drift roses can be planted at any time of the year
- Choose a sunny location; these roses love sunlight so do best planted where they will get 6 – 8 hours of sunlight a day. The more sun, the more flowers!
- Choose well-drained soil enriched with organic matter and maintain a 1 – 3-inch layer of mulch.
The ideal soil pH for roses is between 6-6.5.
- To keep your rose bushes full & vibrant all season long, prune them between late winter and early spring before new growth begins. You will want to take off roughly one-third to a one-half of the plant.
- Fertilize your drift roses in the spring with a slow-release or controlled-release fertilizer. Adding an additional application in late summer will encourage prolific fall blooms.
The dwarf height and spreading/mounding nature of drift roses make them ideal for a wide variety of applications. Their stunning colors have great curb appeal for fence lines, borders, and around the mailbox. Mix them into empty spaces to add season-long color and texture to your flower beds, or put them in containers to add a pop of color to patios, decks, and porches.
Cornerstone Landscapes is dedicated to guiding our customers to create and maintain outdoor living spaces they will be proud of. We will assess your yard and offer recommendations to the placement of drift roses that will work best for your outdoor living space.