Jeb Fields, Edwards, Ashley, Kirk-Ballard, Heather
Roses are the most recognizable and popular landscape shrubs in the country, with legendary flowers and aromas. Drift roses are some of the toughest and most tolerant shrub roses in Louisiana, making them the perfect addition for the busy gardener. Drift roses are low-maintenance, compact spreading landscape roses that naturally hold form and have densely packed, eye-catching blooms. Moreover, many of the varieties have a delightful fragrance that many people seek from roses. Drift roses are tough in the landscape — similar to the well-known Knock Out roses, but much more compact. Drift roses are good for border plants and look amazing in containers. Drift roses can also be used as large ground covers because of their low mounding and spreading nature. For these reasons, Drift roses were chosen as Louisiana Super Plants in 2013 and have been continuously gaining traction ever since.
Drift roses are less susceptible to most disease and pest damages than most roses, with minimal Cercospora leafspot in wetter years.
Rose rosette disease has been observed in Drift roses in northern parts of the state. Rose rosette disease is spread through mites. If found, plant material should be removed and destroyed right away.
Drift roses make attractive container plants. If grown in containers, additional care may be needed to keep the shrubs “contained.”
Currently, there are nine varieties of Drift roses, including, Apricot Drift, Coral Drift, Peach Drift, Pink Drift, Popcorn Drift, Red Drift, Sweet Drift and White Drift. The blooms of the different Drift colors vary in style and appearance, giving each a unique look that is sure to impress. Moreover, Popcorn, Sweet, Apricot, Peach, and White Drift have fragrant blooms that are often desired in roses.