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A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'The Mayflower' and Penstemon 'Stapleford Gem'

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


Delightfully fragrant, the charming rose-pink rosettes of English Rose 'The Mayflower' are beautifully underplanted with the abundant and long-lasting bell-shaped flowers of Penstemon 'Stapleford Gem' (Beardtongue). Aside from being very ornamental, this semi-evergreen perennial is a perfect rose companion plant as it attracts scores of beneficial insects. Since 'The Mayflower' is a shrub rose which repeat flowers with exceptional continuity and is rarely without flowers, you will enjoy this lovely combo for many, many weeks! 

Both plants have won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
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 Penstemon - Beardtongues Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


* 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 7 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
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 Penstemon - Beardtongues Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


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