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Great Rose Companion Plants: Nepeta, Salvia and Lavandula

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, Alliums repel aphids, weevils, borers and moles.  Geraniums repel Japanese beetles, aphids and other rose beetles. Marigolds help repel harmful nematodes and many pests, etc.

​Highly placed among the favorite rose companion plants are Nepeta (Catmint), hardy Salvia (Sage) and Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender), whose exquisite flower heads contrast beautifully with the billowing pink, red, yellow or white roses. 

Easy to grow, these perennials make the roses appear more vibrant than they would on their own, cover the exposed knees of your rose bushes without covering their rose blooms and attract a huge number of insects, especially bees and hoverflies. They are also very proficient at keeping rabbits away (lavender and catmint) and flower just as the roses begin to bloom, providing an attractive early and long-lasting display. Grown in mass plantings, they give great texture and make a lovely foil for the roses.

Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion plantingRose 'Gertrude Jekyll' & Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion plantingRose 'Lady of Shalott' & Salvia 'Caradonna'

Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion plantingRose 'Harlow Carr' & Lavandula 'Hidcote'


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 5 – 9
Plant TypePerennials, Roses
Plant FamilyLavandula - Lavenders, Rosa - Roses, Salvia - Sages
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 Salvia - Sages

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Lavandula - Lavenders


Guides with Salvia - Sages

Guides with Rosa - Roses

Guides with Lavandula - Lavenders


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