Which is Better for Your Garden – Knockout Roses or Drift Roses?
Which Is Better for Your Garden – Knockout Roses or Drift Roses?
Ready to add some color to your garden with long blooming, easy to care for roses? There are two popular choices out there for gardeners who want the beauty of roses without the hassle – Knockout and Drift roses. But which is better for your garden? Let’s find out!
About Knockout Roses
About Drift Roses
Comparing Knockout Roses and Drift Roses
The differences are few but they can be significant, especially in regards to size and shape. Below is a quick chart comparing the two:
|Knockout Roses||Drift Roses|
|Bush or shrub shape.||Graceful, arching shape. More of a groundcover.|
|Grows up to 6 ft tall. Needs pruning.||Grows up to 3 ft tall. Minimal pruning.|
|Not a traditional rose shaped bloom.||More of a traditional rose shaped bloom.|
|Full sun, partial sun.||Full sun, partial sun.|
|Disease resistant.||Disease resistant.|
|Low maintenance.||Low maintenance.|
|Colors: Hot pink, cherry red, white.||Colors: Apricot, coral, pink, peach, red, white, yellow.|
|Not fragrant like traditional roses.||Some varieties are fragrant.|
|Drought resistant.||Drought resistant.|
|Blooms until first frost.||Cold hardy.|
|Ideal for larger gardens.||Better for smaller gardens, containers, walkways.|
|Significant thorns.||Typically no thorns. Some varieties have less pronounced thorns.|
The long and the short of it is…you can’t go wrong with either choice. It all boils down to personal preference and the space you have to work to with. Choose the one that works best for your garden and enjoy your roses for seasons to come!
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