A Rose A Day: Red Drift

We are more than 1/2 way through June — summer is here and she came in with some intense heat in my neck of the woods. I was up early doing some trimming and general gardening but am glad to come into the air conditioning to continue my celebration of National Rose Month by sharing another rose with you.

Next up is Red Drift. I love the entire line of Drift Roses from Star Roses and Plants but today I am excited to talk about Red Drift — fits well into our National Rose celebration with it’s bright patriotic red color!

This picture tells the whole story of what you can expect from this rose all summer. It is always in bloom!

Here’s a shot of one of my rose borders… Red Drift is showing off even when the roses behind her are taking a break.


Here’s what Star Roses & Plants has to say about Drift roses….

Drift® Roses are a cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniatures. From the groundcovers they kept their toughness, disease resistance and winter hardiness. From the miniatures, they inherited their well-managed size and repeat-blooming nature.

Garden 2 Blog 2012

One of the highlights of Garden 2 Blog (and there were legion) was getting to meet our good friends from Star Roses & Plants–Kajsa Haracz, Jacques Ferare & Kyle McKean.

JaquesPAS_002P Allen Smith has many Drift roses on Moss Mountain, so I was able to see varieties I had never seen before. One of those was Coral Drift. OOH LA LA. Lucky for me, our local IGC, Country Harmony, had Coral Drift, so I am now the proud owner of 2 of those. But, I’ll show you those beauties another day.

Isn’t his garden just amazing…

P Allen Smith's Rose Garden
P Allen Smith’s Rose Garden

In My Garden…

I have 5 Red Drifts in my garden and they are about 18″ high and about 2′ wide. They keep my rose border alive with bloom from early spring to fall. Another bonus for me is these roses compliment other flowers and roses whether in the ground or in a vase. I love to add them to arrangements! Even though I only have 5, there are plenty of blooms to share! The blooms are in sprays which add great interest to vased arrangements.

These blooming machines are extremely disease resistant and a true joy in my cottage garden. All I do is give them a little fertilizer and they are good to go!

If you don’t have any of these beauties in  your garden–I highly recommend you add them. Even if space is an issue for you, they will fit nicely into a container or any nook or cranny and give you season long beauty!


Tomorrow I think I’ll share a rose with you that helped get me in the winner’s circle.

14 thoughts on “A Rose A Day: Red Drift

  1. just seen a rose growing on the edge of the woods by a neighbors house alnd it looks exactly like that one in the picture, it is somewhat in the shade and blooming its head off,I know it cant be getting lots of sun light there, so it must do well in part shade?

  2. I’m new at roses and I just loved your roses. I am having a problem with my roses.

      1. Greetings Teresa, Having problem with the leaves turning yellow and the stems turning brown. I finding spider webs and a few worms. I spray the roses with Keen about two weeks ago and them I read I could spray with Epsom Salt.

  3. What size container would you recommend for these? My daughter came home with a red drift from our local nursery that she just had to have. Now I have to figure out what to do with it, LOL!

  4. Hey Teresa. I hope one day my red drift roses look like yours. Beautiful!! How often should I water my red drift roses?? I have 6 and sometimes they get yellow and brown leaves and just look terrible. Are they not getting enough water or too much?? Where they are planted, they get approximately 4 hours of direct sun daily. I planted 4 of them in June and 2 last summer. The tag stated not to fertilize them the first year. Is that correct or should I give the 4 newbies a little fertilizer. I live in Georgia, zone 8. Thank you for any help.

    1. Hey Shell, Give them another year! Often it take 3 years for a rose to reach it potential in your garden. I agree that rose do not need to be fertilized the first year. Often they are fertilized before you get them. In fact, you may see pellets of fertilizer in container plants. You want the plants to work on root development and getting established. What type of soil do you have? Did you amend your soil where they are planted?

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