Red Drift Groundcover Rose (Rosa ‘Meigalpio’)

Red Drift Groundcover Rose

Decorate your landscape with the easy-care Red Drift® Rose (Rosa ‘Meigalpio’). It produces many flushes of petite flowers that blaze scarlet red all season long. You’ll be enjoying brilliant blooms from late spring all the way through the first frost!

With a low, wide-spreading habit, this hard-working groundcover plant is sure to become one of your favorites. Its long bloom season and reliable performance make it a plant you can really count on. But that’s not to say that this reliable workhorse is “ho-hum” or boring. Are you kidding? Just look at those dramatic blooms! And the best part? If you like butterflies, you’ll love this plant!

Drift® Roses are a cross between full-size Groundcover Roses and Miniature Roses. They’ll stay compact and keep blooming and blooming for you. Get ready to see butterflies! These special plants are nectar-rich and deliver a big boost in ecologically sound landscapes.

Gardeners across America are growing these easy-peasy, beautiful pink re-blooming Groundcover Roses! The Drift® series was developed by the world-famous Meilland Roses & Creations in France. The result is a low-growing Rose that is tough, winter-hardy, heat-tolerant, and disease resistant! No matter where you are in the country, chances are excellent you’ll have terrific success with these pretty Drift® Roses. They take extreme cold, humidity, and even scorching high temperatures.

Planting and Application:

For a bold, modern look, use these charming workhorses along the front of all your sunny planting beds as facer shrubs and edging. They’ll perk up your evergreen shrubs, and add a glamorous touch to perennials and Ornamental Grasses alike. Pump up your existing foundation plantings with a cheery row of these darling red Roses. Just give your guests a little leeway by planting them 2 feet away from the sidewalk. Mulch the edge of your bed for a polished look!

These miniature, low-growing Roses look fantastic sprawling over the edge of a rock wall. Soften the look of your sharp corners, boulders and edges by relying on these rugged, sun-loving plants. Use a mass planting to draw the eye and stop traffic! Plant them 20 inches apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. They’ll grow together for a high-impact look.

They can literally take full sun all day long. Use them on sun-drenched decks, balconies and porches for a vivid splash of color.

Don’t have existing plantings? No problem! Create a streamlined series of long, narrow planting boxes throughout your landscape to create a stunning, easy-care landscape feature. Red Drift® Groundcover Roses are also simply incredible at the edge of large containers. Try a matching pair placed on either side of your front door or a series of them along the length of your patio.

  • Repeat Bloomer – Incredible Red Flowers All Season Long
  • Provides Butterflies & Helpful Pollinators Nectar for Months
  • Versatile Plant Smothered Miniature Rose Clusters
  • Great in Containers, Rock Walls & Edging
  • Low-Growing, Spreading, Compact Habit Stays Full & Tidy

Tips for Care:

Plant Drift® Roses in full sun, as they need to receive at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, favoring the morning sun to dry their leaves. Give them water on a regular basis. Be sure to add a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch over the root system to keep it cool and moist. This is especially true of container-grown plants or those in raised beds. Cut down on your maintenance by installing an automatic drip irrigation system. It’s far easier than you might think and the results are so worth it! For optimum flowering and disease resistance, planting areas with good air circulation.

Wait until early spring to prune back last year’s growth down to 12 inches. Remove any broken, crossing, or winter-damaged branches.

  • Full Sun Lover
  • Moderate Regular Moisture & Mulched Beds
  • Any Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Heat Tolerant & Cold Hardy

Use the versatile Red Drift® Rose as a gorgeous flowering groundcover, mass planting, near the front of your garden border, or as a container plant. Red Drift® Groundcover Rose is very low maintenance and has excellent disease resistance.

Red Drift Groundcover Rose (Rosa ‘Meigalpio’) Details

Common name Red Drift Groundcover Rose
Botanical name Rosa 'Meigalpio'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-11
Growth rate Medium
Height 18 - 24 inches
Width 30 inches
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Red