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Lemon Drift® Rose

Rosa 'Meisentmil'

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Lemon Drift® Rose (Rosa 'Meisentmil') at North Branch Nursery

Lemon Drift® Rose flowers

Lemon Drift® Rose flowers

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Lemon Splash

Group/Class:  Groundcover Rose

Brand:  Drift

Description:

This variety is a compact groundcover rose producing lemon yellow blooms that mature to cream throughout the season; foliage is deep green and provides great contrast; its spreading habit makes it perfect as a full sun groundcover foundation planting

Ornamental Features

Lemon Drift® Rose features showy lemon yellow cup-shaped flowers with creamy white overtones and gold eyes at the ends of the branches from mid spring to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Lemon Drift® Rose is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lemon Drift® Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Lemon Drift® Rose will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Lemon Drift® Rose makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features