Roses need friends or companion plants around them for various reasons including pest and disease control, longer season of interest and aesthetics.
There is a wide range of companion plants that will bring out the best qualities of your roses and share their space with a serene balance. Make sure you select any ornamental grasses, perennials, annuals or shrubs that have the same growing requirements as your roses. Roses do best in full sun and well-drained soil. Once established, roses have average water needs and require regular fertilization to promote new blooms. Their companion plants should share similar water, fertilizer, and pesticide treatments.
Texture, color, and form are also important in the selection of companion plants. Plants with tall spires complement the wide, cup-shaped flowers of roses, while perennials and shrubs with pale green, silver, or purple leaves accentuate the sumptuous rose blossoms.
Below are those most frequently admired in mixed rose borders. There are many other varieties suitable for companion planting with your roses, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find your own successful rose combinations!