More about the Peach Drift Rose...
Peach Drift is one of the most floriferous of the series. Soft peach blooms cover the plant from mid Spring to the first hard freeze of late Fall.
The new family of Drift Roses are comparable to the family of Knock Out Roses in disease resistance and low-maintenance, however are much smaller in size. They get their small size from being 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.
The first colors introduced in the Drift series were Coral, Pink, Red, and Peach. But, now, Apricot (apricot shades, double blooms), Sweet (light pink, double blooms) and Icy (pure white, double blooms) have joined the family.
We've found that Drift roses have about five flower cycles yearly. The spring bloom in April and the fall bloom in October are the heaviest with sporadic lighter flowering between.
Drift Roses are are perfect in small gardens, splashing your landscapes with visual delight. Their smaller habit makes them perfect for use in containers or as a border or in small groups in garden and landscape beds.
Planting & Care Tips...
When it comes to growing and caring for Drift Roses, bed preparation, irrigation and proper fertilization and pruning are the only keys to success. Full sun is best and at least 8 hours of sunlight is recommended. Morning sun is a must to dry dew from the leaves. We've seen powdery mildew appear on roses planted in morning shade.
Plant Drift Roses in well-prepared landscape beds that provide good drainage and a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.5 (mildly acidic). If your soil is heavy clay amend with a soil conditioner or compost.
We recommend spacing the plants a minimum of 3 feet apart, a distance in which they will eventually grow together to form a patch. If you would rather they be separated over the long term, plant them 5 to 6 feet apart, or more.
Fertilize Drift Roses with a slow- or timed-release fertilizer in spring for season-long feeding or with a mild, natural plant food in early spring, when new growth begins to emerge, and then after every flush of blooms throughout the season. Cease fertilization about two months before the first frost date.
Mulching your Drift roses keeps the feeder roots from drying out and helps to establish the roots more quickly. And you water less. Shredded wood mulch or pine straw are excellent mulches for roses.
Pruning Drift Roses is easy. Simply cut the plants back to about 6 inches above the ground in late winter, before new growth has begun to emerge. If you want, to keep plants tidy, you can remove spent flowers after each bloom cycle during the blooming season.
Drift Roses are highly disease-resistant so require no spraying. Blackspot and powdery mildew disease has been very minimal when planted where they will receive the morning sun.
In our gardens here in mid-Georgia these hardy groundcover roses have demonstrated themselves to be true, low-spreading, dwarf shrub roses. They have averaged 2-3 feet tall by 2-3 feet wide, some being a little smaller or larger, and are covered with blooms in spring and fall and sporadically between.
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Most Helpful Reviews
Beautiful PlantsNovember 9th 2014
I received these quickly and in great condition. I planted them during a hot, dry September, and with frequent watering they have thrived. They had a great root system because it's November now, and they are still blooming.
Reply from Gardener Direct:
Hi Karmin - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide us and visitors to Gardener Direct with your review. We're very happy to hear that you were pleased with the quality of the Peach Drift Roses and that they are doing well and blooming. We've been growing the Drift Roses now for several years in our own gardens and have found that they do well with or without heavy pruning. whether pruned. We tested pruning some back heavily in late winter or early spring and leaving a group of others alone. Both groups performed wonderfully throughout the year. That being said, deadheading after the spring bloom will help to encourage more blooms in summer. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service!
Beautiful rose!August 17th 2014
Healthy beautiful plants that are thriving. Thank you! These are a beautiful soft color. The plants are thriving and blooming continuously as promised.
Reply from Gardener Direct:
Hi Hildi - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide us and visitors to Gardener Direct with your review. We're very happy to hear you were pleased with the plants and that they are thriving in your garden. We have patches of every Drift rose variety growing in our own gardens and they all do wonderfully with very little care. Just an occasional feeding and snipping is all we do to them. Plants can be cut back hard during late winter or early spring however we've left some alone and they do equally as well. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service!
I love these Peach Drift rosesApril 19th 2014
The Peach Drift roses from Gardener Direct arrived in great condition and are growing well. I highly recommend.