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Distant Drums

Type: Hardy

A wonderful rose with one of the most unique colorings in rosedom. Bred from 'September Song' X 'The Yeoman'. Large, cupped, fully double 4" blooms with ruffled petals are bronze-brown in the center shading to lavender toward the edges. A rare beauty. Heady, myrrh fragrance, an outstanding rose on a continually blooming upright bushy plant. 24+ petals.

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Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score 8
Bloom Type Cupped, Fully Double
Breeder Code No
Characteristics Winter Hardy
Specific Color Bronze/brown, shading to lavender toward the edges.
Country of Origin USA
Fragrance Moderately Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 4 (-30° to -20°), 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # No
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Shade Tolerant No
Approximate Size 4' x 3'
Year 1985


Customer Reviews (10)

breathtakingReview by liz
I got my first Distant Drums in 1998, the second at a new house in 2007 and my third, again new house, in 2015. I think this is the most beautiful rose there is and if there were only one rose in the entire world, I would want it to be Distant Drums. With as many buds and blooms, it has all the colors at the same time and I love each of them. (Posted on 10/23/2017)
Gorgeous RoseReview by Rebecca
It just got planted here but I had it before in the foothills of Sacramento and even in that rocky hard soil it did very well and the colors are just amazing.
Ii is not a vigorous plant but holds it own. (Posted on 10/2/2017)
fabulous color.Review by Wendy
Remains small, both in San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. Great color. Healthy plant. A must have. (Posted on 8/30/2017)
This irose has special meaning for me. My late husband played the drums and loved this rose.Review by Priscilla
My husband loved this rose because of its unique coloring. He would say it reminded him of sunsets. He loved the fragrance. Since he played drums it is fitting I honor him with this rose. (Posted on 8/16/2017)
My DeerReview by Art L
The deer love them unfortunately for Me. The shipping, boxing, instructions, quality are always top notch. They'll be healthy, rebound quickly and produce easily. Precisely in time for the deer. We're working on deer proofing & when done will order many many more roses from trustworthy Heirloom!!!!

Art Garland (Posted on 8/10/2017)
StunningReview by Beth
I loved this purchase! I probably had 50 blooms this year since it was planted. I live in San Diego, and the heat/humidity doesn't affect this rose. Each rose that blooms has slightly different color variations. Also, it grows like a shrub, so give it plenty of space. (Posted on 8/6/2017)
Beautiful rose deserves to be in more gardensReview by kathryn
Have been delighted with the Distant Drums that I purchased from you. Beautiful coloring always delights, and it's happy here, in Ventura, CA . I highly recommend it. (Posted on 8/3/2017)
Great Rose for Beginners and Busy PeopleReview by Sharon
I got Distant Drums, along with several others kinds, in 2007, to develop a memorial rose garden for my father, who had loved roses. I had never done rose gardening before, although during dad's early retirement years I got to watch him tend his rose garden daily. He was a master, and the garden was gorgeous, harking back to one our neighbors had had when we lived in England.

I live in Georgia, where my roses have been through terrible heat waves, droughts during which I make sure they didn't die via a trickle hose, and out of season ice storms. Most of all, they have fared through my being a busy veterinarian whose care of her roses is highly variable. Sometimes they get pampered, but sometimes they get neglected for months on end. Droughts and ice storms do make me step up to the plate, but sometimes I charge off to work in the morning seeing their leaves steadily disappear from some insect (?) eating on them during the night. By the end of the day I'm too tired to go take care of them and stop the insects.

Through all of this, Distant Drums and Lyda Rose have held out, making blooms for me every year. The Apothecary rose has come in a close third. My rose garden is on the east side of the house, next to the house, so they get direct sun in the morning. The Lyda Rose and Apothecary rose are at the north end of the garden and live mostly in shade. All of the others roses have either died, or are very weak and small. I can't bring myself to pull them up, thinking that someday I will have the time to take proper care of the rose garden.

Before I got the email of Distant Drums being available I had already been thinking that that was what I should get in the future, because it has proven itself to be so hardy. Maybe someday I'll have the time to nurture my current one so that it gets huge, like Katie's, but for now I am thrilled that it survives my neglect, and the awful Georgia weather of July through September, and still remains a decent size and gives me blooms. (Posted on 2/23/2017)
HardyReview by Katie
I planted mine in Portland in 2003, and it grew huge to become the centerpoece of my garden with the addition of coffee grounds, until I rented out my house for a few years and it ceased to be cared for. When I moved it to my new place in 2013 it was a sad sight, and I even had to dig and replant it in late July of all times. I put it in a shady spot at the NE corner of my house but it has grown huge and vibrant again, right next to the chicken yard where it gets lots of manure. This thing refuses to die. I've only ever used organic sprays on it. Very hardy, fragrant and dreamy in color. I like it at its most open stage of dusty lavender. Don't over prune this one. Just keep the center hollow for air and light. Prune back every three years or if it gets leggy. (Posted on 4/5/2016)
PerfectionReview by Karen
Have had this rose for several years. The coloring is unique; has to be seen in person - breathtaking. While many of my roses didn't make it through the 2013-2014 winter, this rose is fine, full of blooms as I type. I live in the Washington metropolitan area and highly recommend this rose. (Posted on 5/28/2014)

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