I’ve always been a fan of roses and when we moved to the farm I purchased many varieties but the ones that turned out to be my favorite were the bush tea rose varieties. You want to know why? Well I’ll tell you, it’s because they’re super easy to care for and they bloom about 9 months out of the year.
Which brings me to the beautiful Coral Drift Rose, I purchased at Lowes 6 years ago in a 6-gallon container. I was attracted to the color and at the time could have cared less about the variety. To be honest I don’t get hung up on variation of roses, for me it’s all about color and many times the scent.
With the coral drift, it was all about color and their beautiful greenery. At the time, I was seeking something unique that didn’t fall into the traditional category of pink, red or yellow and was also easy to care for. This was a perfect choice; watching this little bush turn into a huge shrub I realized I didn’t anticipate explosive growth when I transplanted into this space.
Since then I’ve propagated into additional plants and scattered them around the farm, shared with friends, sold on the farm stand and some will be going with us to the new land.
What I love most about this rose
This rose exceeded my expectations which I love. From the beginning, its outstanding growth blew me away along with a few other perks:
- Super easy to care and its drought resistant.
- Blooms 9 months a year.
- Winter hardy.
- Fast growing and low maintenance.
- Disease resistant too!
- The honey bees love it.
- Super easy to propagate, get my how to here.
Ground Cover or Shrub?
It’s referred to as a ground cover rose, but for me it only really appeared that way when it’s a young plant, those first couple of years. Maybe because I let mine grow wild, I noticed more of a shrub appearance. Some gardeners refer to ground cover as a shrub so maybe I’m not completely off base. Regardless this beauty filled in blank areas rather quickly and for that I was thankful.
Regardless it doesn’t matter because I’m thinking about digging up this main plant and taking it with us when we move. Have no fear I’ll replace it with something else… Little details, Robert said, “Do what?” I may have to sneak it out…
Can you Plant the Coral Drift?
This rose is welcome to planting zones 4 – 10 so yes almost anyone can plant and enjoy this beauty. The following tips are things to consider before diving in and remember well fertilized soil with good drainage is the key for growing healthy roses.
- Mild to Full sun – planted mine in full sun.
- Plant Spacing 2 ft. and will grow up about 2 ft – my main plant is more like 3.5 ft.
- Spreads out to 36 inches which is correct.
- Very durable and can be purchased online or in the spring at most local nurseries.
Drift roses also come in a variety of colors so this easy to care for rose may be just what you’re looking for to fill in existing or new gardens.
Another pretty rose that’s easy to grow and care for is the Knock Out, I have one of those but I don’t like it as much as the Drift, I may share that later… Has the Drift rose sparked some inspiration? I sure hope so and if not tell me this, “What’s your favorite rose variety to grow?”