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Drift Rose 'Pink Drift'

Christine McComas
Drift Rose 'Pink Drift'

Rose x ‘Meijocos’ (Pink Drift)

Roses once had a rep as so fussy, needy, and high maintenance, gardeners left them out of their landscapes.  New roses have come a long way, however--and not just the “Knock-Out” shrub roses. ‘Drift’ and ‘Carpet’ roses also flower repeatedly throughout the growing season with improved disease resistance and winter hardiness, but these low varieties can be ground covers.

Pink Drift grows about 18”high and spreads 3 feet wide. Its bright cherry-pink single flowers have white centers with bright yellow anthers. Though each flower is small, they compensate with a profusion of clusters. They flower best in full sun, blooming repeatedly (with short rests to set new buds) until hard frost. Though not necessary, removal of spent blooms makes for a tidier look and speeds the re-budding process. Once established, they are generally carefree, other than pruning them back to about 6” in early spring.

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