Red Drift Rose

Rosa 'Meigalpio'

Family: Rose

Type: Shrub

Red Drift Rose, known scientifically as Rosa ‘Meigalpio’, is a captivating groundcover rose known for its vibrant red blooms and compact growth habit. This low-maintenance rose variety is perfect for adding a splash of color to any garden. Its small, double flowers bloom profusely from spring until the first frost, creating a stunning display.

Growing to about 1-2 feet in height and spreading up to 3 feet, Red Drift Rose is an ideal choice for borders, rock gardens, and small spaces. Its compact size makes it versatile for various landscape designs, and it’s especially effective in adding color and interest to small gardens or tight spaces. The plant is known for its hardiness and disease resistance, making it a reliable and attractive option for gardeners.

Red Drift Rose thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It’s a robust plant that can tolerate a variety of conditions, making it suitable for both novice and experienced gardeners. Its continuous blooming and low-growing habit make it a popular choice for adding long-lasting color to the landscape.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 4b-5a

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun


Growth Rate: Fast

Average Height (feet): 1

Average Spread (feet): 1.5

Average Life Span (years): 20

Form: Spreading


Flower Color: Red

Bloom Season: From early summer to mid fall

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Oval

Bark Color: Brick red

Bark Texture: Spiny

Landscaping Your Yard With Red Drift Rose

Red Drift Rose is perfect for creating a vibrant edge along pathways or borders. Its continuous blooming and compact size make it an excellent choice for adding color and definition to these areas. Plant it in groups for a dramatic effect or use it as an accent in mixed beds.

Incorporate Red Drift Rose into rock gardens or as part of a groundcover scheme. Its ability to spread and fill in areas, coupled with its showy red blooms, makes it a valuable addition to these landscapes. It also works well in container gardening, bringing color and life to patios and balconies.

Due to its low height, Red Drift Rose can be used effectively as a colorful foreground plant in larger garden compositions. It pairs beautifully with taller shrubs and perennials, creating a layered look in garden designs.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

In cottage gardens, Red Drift Rose adds a charming touch with its bright red flowers. Its informal growth habit complements the relaxed, colorful style of cottage gardens.

Formal Garden

Red Drift Rose can be incorporated into formal garden designs as well. Its symmetrical growth and continuous blooming can contribute to the elegance of formal landscapes.

Contemporary Garden

In contemporary garden settings, the Red Drift Rose adds a pop of color. Its compact form and vibrant blooms fit well with the sleek, modern aesthetic of contemporary landscaping.

Red Drift Rose Landscaping Ideas

Use Red Drift Rose in small garden spaces or as a border in larger landscapes. Its continuous bloom and vibrant color make it an eye-catching addition to any garden. Pair it with plants that have contrasting foliage for a stunning visual impact.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Red Drift Rose begins to bloom, covering the plant in a blanket of bright red flowers, signaling the start of the growing season.


During summer, the plant continues to produce vibrant blooms, maintaining a lush and colorful presence in the garden.


In the fall, Red Drift Rose's blooming starts to slow down, but the plant often continues to add color until the first frost.


In winter, the Red Drift Rose becomes dormant. While its foliage may recede, the plant's structure still provides some interest in the winter garden.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Red Drift Rose excels in sunny locations with well-drained soil. Ideal for front of borders, rock gardens, or slopes, it adds vibrant color and ground cover in these sunny spots.


Full sun is essential for Red Drift Rose, ensuring the most abundant blooms and healthiest growth. It can tolerate light afternoon shade, but full sun is preferred.


This rose variety thrives in well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH. Good drainage is key to preventing root rot and other moisture-related issues.


Space Red Drift Roses about 2-3 feet apart. This allows enough room for each plant to grow and spread, creating a continuous carpet of blooms.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Red Drift Roses is in the spring after the last frost or in the early fall, allowing time for roots to establish before harsh weather.

How to Plant

Dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball. Set the plant in the hole, fill it with soil, and water thoroughly. Mulching around the plant can help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Plant Care Tips


Regular watering is crucial, especially during dry spells. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced rose fertilizer and repeat during the growing season as recommended.


Prune in late winter or early spring. Remove dead or diseased wood and shape the plant as desired. Deadheading spent blooms can encourage more flowers.

By Season


Spring Care

Spring is the time for pruning and fertilizing. Monitor moisture levels as new growth begins.

Summer Care

Continue regular watering and fertilizing. Deadhead regularly to encourage continuous blooming.

Fall Care

Prepare the plant for winter by reducing fertilizer application and watering less frequently.

Winter Care

In colder climates, consider mulching around the base for extra protection. Pruning is not necessary during winter.


How Long Do Red Drift Roses Bloom?

Red Drift Roses typically bloom from late spring until the first frost, offering a long season of color.

Are Red Drift Roses Resistant to Diseases?

Red Drift Roses are known for their disease resistance, particularly to common rose diseases like black spot and powdery mildew.

Can Red Drift Roses Be Grown in Containers?

Yes, Red Drift Roses can thrive in containers, making them suitable for patios and balconies. Ensure the container is large enough with adequate drainage.

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