Plant with composted cow manure added in the hole to enrich the soil. Trim back a bit after each bloom cycle to shape the plant and encourage new growth. Deadheading (cutting off spent blooms) isn't necessary, though doing so will promote more flowers. Fertilize 3 times a year - in spring, summer and fall - with a good quality granular fertilizer. Supplement feedings with bone meal, if you like, to promote heavier bloom. Water regularly but allow time between waterings for the plant to dry out.
- Light Needs: Full Sun or Partial Sun
- Watering Needs: Water regularly
Drift roses are a cross between full-size ground cover roses and miniature roses. From the ground cover roses they inherited toughness, disease resistance and a spreading growth habit. From the miniatures, they inherited their well-managed size and free-flowering nature. They only grow 2 to 3 feet tall, with a generous spread of 4 feet or more. The low, spreading habit, colorful flowers and long blooming season make Drift roses a lower-maintenance alternative to bedding plants in flower beds.