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Making Our Town Beautiful in 2012!

Just as in most any hobby or business, we in the nursery industry get excited about the next new thing. Every year we look forward to the new annual and perennial varieties. One of our favorite destinations to see what’s new is the Trial Gardens at The University of Georgia. These gardens developed by Dr. Allan Armitage and Dr. Michael Dirr in 1982 are specifically for research, teaching, and new crop introduction. New cultivars and varieties are developed, grown, evaluated and hopefully introduced to the greenhouse and landscape industries. And, of course, they introduce what’s new to the retail nursery industry for the enjoyment of our customers.

So, do you want to hear what’s new for this year? Let’s start with:

Drift® Roses

The Next Big Thing for Small Gardens

From the introducers of The Knock Out® Family of Roses, comes the next big thing for small gardens. Like The Knock Out® Family of Roses, Drift® Roses are repeat-bloomers that are tough, disease resistant, winter hardy and virtually maintenance-free.
Drift® Roses are a cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniature roses. From the former they kept toughness, disease resistance and winter hardiness. From the miniatures, they inherited their well-managed size and repeat-blooming nature.
Continuously blooming from spring to frost (bloom cycle about every 5-6 weeks), they are naturally dwarf, with very attractive foliage. They are winter hardy to zone 4. The series is composed of 6 varieties:

Apricot Drift®  – NEW for 2012 – Groundcover habit, double flowers

Sweet Drift®  – NEW for 2012 – Groundcover habit, clear pink double flowers

Icy Drift® – NEW for 2012 – Pure white double flower, 1.5’ tall x 2.5’ wide

Pink Drift®  – Deep pink single flower, blooms abundantly all season

Red Drift®  – tiny red abundant flower, blooms abundantly all season

Coral Drift® – Bright coral flowers from spring to fall


Drift® Roses range in size from 2-3′ wide x 1 1/2′ tall. The low, manageable habit of Drift® Roses makes them perfect for small gardens, hillsides, perennial beds and even awkward areas. They brighten up borders and fill in empty spaces around your favorite
established plants.
Prune back to about 6″ in early spring (after the last hard frost) for best performance.
Regular deadheading encourages re-blooming and helps maintain a tidy appearance but isn’t necessary.