Yellow and Apricot Drift Roses

Yellow and Apricot Drift Roses
The Drift series of roses are very special varieties. These can serve many roles in the landscape.

They are best known as ground covers, but their usefulness doesn’t stop there. The plants are ideal for mixed planters, planting in masses, and combining with annuals and perennials.

Most Drift roses are hardy to zone four although there are some exceptions. They tend to have low spreading growth habits.

There around ten or so plants in the Drift ground cover rose series. At least two of those feature yellow blossoms.

Lemon Drift Ground Cover Rose

Recommended for zones four through eleven, the Lemon Drift rose is only sold in western states. This is the newest variety in the Drift series.

This gorgeous, compact, tough, bushy rounded plant has a moderate growth rate. It reaches 1½ to two feet in height with a 2½ foot spread.

The easy care plant is ideal for small gardens. This free flowering rose is a repeat bloomer.

The petite blossoms are pastel yellow with buttery centers and stamens.

Apricot Drift Ground Cover Rose

Apricot Drift rose is recommended for small gardens, walkways, and paths. It can also be grown in containers. This is best suited to zones four through eleven.

The tough, easy to grow, very disease resistant plant grows to 1½ feet tall with a spread of 2½ feet. It is a rounded bushy plant with a true ground cover growth habit.

Popcorn Drift Ground Cover Rose

Popcorn Drift rose is recommended for zones four through eleven. This is the newest color in the Drift rose series. The pet friendly plant can tolerate dry soils.

It has improved disease resistance. The blossoms attract butterflies. An easy care plant requiring minimal care, Popcorn Drift rose is suited to perennial beds and borders, pathways, rock walls, containers, and cottage gardens.

With a slightly trailing growth habit, this plant is 1½ feet in height with a spread of 2½ feet.

Flowering occurs from spring throughout the summer. It is considered a repeat bloomer.

These blossoms make a wonderful cut flower. They’re borne in upright clusters.

The pastel buttery yellow blooms are cup shaped. They’re larger than most Drift rose blooms—two inches wide. They feature showy stamens and have a light scent.

As the flowers change color with age, the yellow becomes a cream like one sees in popcorn, which explains the name. However, in some cases the yellow transforms to the same coloration seen in Peach Drift roses.

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