The first Louisiana Super Plants from the LSU AgCenter for fall 2013 is the Drift series of roses. Drift roses fit a special niche in the shrub-rose market. These roses are from Conard-Pyle/Star Roses, the same folks who gave us the Knock Out series of low-maintenance, landscape roses. All colors in the Drift series of roses are Super Plants.
Colors in the Drift roses include pink, coral, red, peach, apricot (double blooms), sweet (clearer pink double blooms) and the new popcorn (whitish yellow). Choose from these seven varieties that bloom from spring to early frost. Ranging from scarlet red to bright soft peach, they provide the gardener with a complete range of color solutions for landscape use or in containers. We find that Drift roses have about five flower cycles yearly. The spring bloom in April and the fall bloom in October, like with most other roses, are the peak times for best performance. The late spring to early summer second bloom is also impressive.
Allen OwingsRick Bogren
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