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A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' & Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Summer Borders, Planting Roses, Rose Gardening, Designing with Roses, English Roses


While the list of plants that look great when planted between and under roses is endless, Catmint (Nepeta) remains a favorite companion for roses. Many roses lose their bottom leaves as the season progress. Perfect at hiding the leggy stems of your roses, the lavender flowers of Catmint nicely complement any color scheme of your roses and form a lovely show against its gray-green foliage. Here, the fragrant, fully double blossoms of English Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll', bred by David Austin, agreeably combine their pure rose-pink color and cup-shaped form with the tall, violet-blue flower spires of Catmint 'Six Hills Giant' (Nepeta x Faassenii).

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Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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* Picture is courtesy of David Austin

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Nepeta - Catmints Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


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