Monday, June 20, 2011
Icy Drift Groundcover Rose
Rosa 'Icy Drift'
Last year on May 27th I posted that I had bought a couple of ‘Peach Drift’ roses here . They turned out great even though it was an unconventional choice for our rose garden. Last week when we were there installing the other new roses ‘Peach Drift’ was doing very well. Loaded with flowers and buds and no disease. I was truly happy with the plant. That is why I have decided to try ‘Icy Drift’ its slightly smaller new cousin. It was disease free at the nursery and in full bloom. You can see from the picture the flowers are small but full of petals.
Drift roses are a cross between full sized groundcover roses and miniatures. They seemed to have taken some of the best qualities from both. Part of my need was good hardiness since the garden is located in a very exposed spot for winter. Our new program of putting about a foot of leaves on the plants, after they are cut back, and burlap around the garden has cut down our losses dramatically but we still need to buy as hardy a rose as possible.
Here is the low down on ‘Icy Drift’:
Introduction: 2010. Conard-Pyle (Star Roses)
Flowers: Small in large clusters. 17-25 petals.
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Hardiness: Zone 5 in the US