Available in varieties with single or double flowers, these small roses have sweet-scented blossoms, some more fragrant than others.
Colors range from deep rose red to bright coral, hot pink to pale peach and more...with new colors being introduced as they become available. Like grafted roses, the blossoms of some drift varieties bud in one color, and fully open to reveal a second center color.
A versatile fit for any style landscaping, drifts can provide a classy look reminiscent of an English garden, formal yet relaxed, with abundant blooms on each small shrub.
The name "Drift" describes their low spreading habit and they're most effective in the landscape when planted in groups or "drifts.
Drifts are a cross between miniature and full-size groundcover roses, and grow 2 feet tall by 2-1/2 to 3 feet wide. They prefer full sun (or at least 5 to 6 hours of it) and must have a well-drained area to flourish.
These are fast-growing, cold-tolerant shrubs that will work anywhere in South Florida. Drift roses are drought-tolerant once established. They do have tiny thorns but won't rip you to shreds like regular roses.
Trim back a bit after each bloom cycle to shape the plant and encourage new growth. Deadheading (cutting off spent blooms) isn't necessary, though doing so will promote more flowers.
Fertilize 3 times a year - in spring, summer and fall - with a good quality granular fertilizer. Supplement feedings with bone meal, if you like, to promote heavier bloom.
Water regularly but allow time between waterings for the plant to dry out.
Info credit: south-florida-plant-guide.com
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