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Great Rose Companion Plants: Geraniums

Best Rose Companions, Companion Planting

  • Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion planting

Roses need friends or companion plants around them for various reasons, including pest and disease control, longer season of interest and aesthetics. 

Growing roses by themselves is an open invitation to the pests and diseases that favor roses. Roses are healthier when provided with companion plants which help repel destructive bugs while encouraging beneficial insects. For instance, Geraniums repel Japanese beetles, aphids and other rose beetles.

Hardy geraniums are classic rose companions. They are great at insinuating themselves among the bare legs of roses, and help reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and prevent diseases. There are numerous species of Geranium and cultivars in whites, blues, pinks and mauves.


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.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant TypePerennials, Roses
Plant FamilyGeranium - Cranesbills, Rosa - Roses
ExposureFull Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Water NeedsAverage
MaintenanceAverage
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
CharacteristicsCut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
AttractsButterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Formal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Geranium - Cranesbills


Guides with Rosa - Roses

Guides with Geranium - Cranesbills


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