Drift® Roses in the Landscape

If annuals are the show girls in the garden, shrubs are the ones you want to take home to mother. Both beautiful and practical, shrubs can be counted on to build framework and provide focal points without being high maintenance.

One shrub that many consider an exception to this analogy is the rose. To that I say, "You are growing the wrong kinds of roses." I concede that there are plenty of roses that need hand-holding, but don't let these overshadow the others that don't.

Drift® Roses

A 2006 introduction that I am excited about is the Drift® Rose. Drift® Roses are a cross between standard groundcover roses and miniature roses. The result is a cold-hardy, carefree, disease-resistance shrub that produces sprays of small roses. They bloom continuously from spring through frost and have attractive, glossy foliage. Its dwarf, spreading habit, floriferous nature, and ease of care make it an ideal choice for a variety of situations.

Drift® Roses in the Landscape

Gardens of any size have a spot that needs Drift® Roses. As long as the area has full sun and well-drained soil you are set.

At the Garden Home Retreat Coral Drift® and Peach Drift® are planted en masse on a slope. Not only is this an eye-catching ground cover, but the roses are effective for erosion control and once established proved to be tough.

Because Drift® Roses flower during all three growing seasons – spring, summer and fall – they offer a continuous bloom for mixed borders. This is especially nice during the garden down times when one group of perennials has faded and the next has yet to come on.

Planting Drift® Roses

Plant your Drift® Rose in an area that gets four to six hours of direct sunlight a day and plenty of air circulation.

Dig a hole twice as wide and deep as the nursery container your rose is in.

Mix garden soil from the hole with compost. Put a little of that in the bottom of the hole.

Water the rose in its container if it looks dry, and then remove it from the pot.

Cut back broken or damaged stems and gently tear at the roots to loosen.

Place the rose in the center of the hole. The placement of the bud union (that part of the plant between the roots and limbs) either above or below the soil line is important. The bud union is the most susceptible part of the plant and if you live in areas where you have extremely cold winters you'll want to bury it about 1 to 2 inches below the surface of the ground for protection. But in milder parts of the country you can actually plant it with the bud union about 1 inch to 1½ inches above ground level.

Back fill the hole, tamping down as you go to eliminate air pockets.

Water well.

Good to Know

Prune your Drift® Roses in early spring after the worst of winter is over but before new growth begins. Cut them back hard, down to 4-inches from the ground. Deadheading during the growing season promotes re-blooming.

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