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Great Rose Companion Plants: Geraniums

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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 that help repel destructive bugs while encouraging beneficial insects.

Why is Geranium a Good Companion Plant for Roses?

Hardy geraniums are classic rose companions. They are often recommended as companion plants for roses for several reasons:

Pest Control: Geraniums are known to deter common pests that can afflict roses, such as Japanese beetles, aphids, and other rose beetles. The strong scent of the geraniums can help to mask the fragrance of the roses, making it harder for pests to locate them.

Visual Appeal: Geraniums have beautiful flowers that can complement the look of rose bushes. They are great at insinuating themselves among the bare legs of roses and help reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms. They have a different growth habit – typically lower and bushier – which can provide a nice contrast to the taller rose plants. Additionally, when roses are not in bloom, geraniums can provide continuous color, as they have a long flowering period.

Disease Deterrence: Geraniums can also help deter fungal diseases. They help increase air circulation around the roses, reducing conditions that fungi thrive in.

Beneficial Insects: Certain types of geraniums can attract beneficial insects to the garden, aiding in pest control and pollination.

Remember that companion planting is just one tool in an integrated pest management program and can’t entirely eliminate pest or disease problems. Regular care and attention to your roses, including proper watering, feeding, and pruning, are still necessary to keep them healthy.

There are numerous species of Geranium and cultivars in whites, blues, pinks, and mauves.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 9
Plant Type Perennials, Roses
Genus Geranium, Rosa, Rosa - English Rose, Rosa - Floribunda Rose, Rosa - Grandiflora Rose, Rosa - Hybrid Tea Rose, Rosa - Shrub Rose
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height
Spread
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Formal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

Great Rose Companion Plants: Geranium

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!

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Garden Examples

A Fabulous Duo: Rose ‘Benjamin Britten’ & Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’
A Fabulous Duo: Rose ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ & Geranium ‘Brookside’
A Fragrant Garden Haven Idea
A Fragrant Garden Retreat Idea
A Pretty and Long-Lasting Garden Idea with Outstanding Plants
An Eye-Catching Border with Roses, Salvia and Geranium
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 Type Perennials, Roses
Genus Geranium, Rosa, Rosa - English Rose, Rosa - Floribunda Rose, Rosa - Grandiflora Rose, Rosa - Hybrid Tea Rose, Rosa - Shrub Rose
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height
Spread
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
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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