Underplanting Roses with Low-Growing Spring Bulbs

Best Rose Companions, Companion Planting, Spring Bulbs

  • 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. 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!


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 TypeBulbs, Roses
Plant FamilyChionodoxa - Glory of the Snow, Crocus, Galanthus - Snowdrops, Muscari - Grape Hyacinths, Narcissus - Daffodils, Rosa - Roses, Scilla - Squills
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

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Scilla - Squills

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Galanthus - Snowdrops

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocus

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