Roses need friends or companion plants around them for various reasons including pest and disease control, longer season of interest and aesthetics. Underplanting your shrub roses with a succession of flowers will reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and extend the flowering season of your mixed border.
Start with low-growing spring bulbs such as Snowdrops, Crocus, Grape Hyacinths, Scillas, Anemones and Narcissi. They will provide color to your rose borders at a time when your roses are not at their best.
Scatter the small pink flowering bulbs of Glory-of-the Snow throughout your rose beds and watch these delicate beauties blossom in early spring. Enjoy the charming blue flowers of Grape Hyacinths blooming beneath the masses of colorful rose hips. Underplant your roses with fragrant Daffodils which will multiply year after year and fill in around the new growth of your roses with their attractive yellow and white blooms.
With such a multitude of companion plants to pair your roses with, you are sure to find several combinations that will enhance your landscape and please your eye!