Growing roses by themselves would be an open invitation to the pests and diseases that favor roses. Roses are healthier when we provide them with companion plants which help repel destructive bugs and pests while encouraging beneficial insects. Here, the lovely English rose 'Lady of Shalott' is interplanted with Nepeta (catmint) and Achillea (Yarrow). Easy to grow, these perennials make the apricot chalice-shaped roses appear more vibrant than they would on their own, cover their exposed knees without covering their romantic rose blooms, attract a huge number of insects, are good at keeping rabbits away and flower just as the roses begin to bloom - providing an attractive early and long-lasting display.