We just received a wonderful stock of antique, Knock Out, and Drift roses at the Garden Center! Wait a minute. A rose is a rose, right?
Actually, there are more than 150 species of roses! And the number of garden hybrids is in the thousands. To help you understand the difference between all the rose varieties, we have a quick breakdown.
All roses can be classified into three main categories: wild or single roses, old or heirloom roses, and modern roses.
Antique roses can go by many names: heirloom, old garden, historic, or heritage. Essentially, these are roses 100 years or older that originated from Europe and the Mediterranean.
Antique and modern roses are both cultivars of wild roses, those that occur in nature without human intervention. Although, additional steps have been taken to alter the makeup of modern roses.
Modern roses include the Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Grandiflora, shrub roses, and more. Many of these were hybridized for extended bloom seasons and to multiply the number of blooms a plant is capable of growing. Two excellent modern rose selections include the popular Knock Out roses and Drift roses.
Knock Out Roses
Knock Out roses were introduced in 2000 and quickly became a popular landscape plant because of its beautiful continuous blooms, compact growth pattern, and durability. And, perhaps best of all, these roses are disease resistant.
Drift roses combine full-size groundcover roses with miniature roses to produce a low, spreading habit great for gardens and containers. They drift delicately around established plants and provide the same benefits as Knock Out roses with continuous blooms and hardy, disease-resistant qualities.
We have the best varieties suited to our area and now is the best time to plant. Our expert staff can help you decide which selection is best for your yard. And don’t forget your rose soil! For more information, call the Garden Center at 281-354-6111.