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Underplanting Roses with Low-Growing Spring Bulbs

Best Rose Companions, Companion Planting, Spring Bulbs


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!

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 9
Plant Type Bulbs, Roses
Plant Family Chionodoxa - Glory of the Snow, Crocus, Galanthus - Snowdrops, Muscari - Grape Hyacinths, Narcissus - Daffodils, Rosa - Roses, Scilla - Squills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance 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
Compare All Chionodoxa - Glory of the Snow Compare All Crocus Compare All Galanthus - Snowdrops Compare All Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Compare All Narcissus - Daffodils Compare All Rosa - Roses Compare All Scilla - Squills Great Plant Combination Ideas with Chionodoxa - Glory of the Snow Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocus Great Plant Combination Ideas with Galanthus - Snowdrops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Great Plant Combination Ideas with Narcissus - Daffodils Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Scilla - Squills Guides with Chionodoxa - Glory of the Snow Guides with Crocus Guides with Galanthus - Snowdrops Guides with Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Guides with Narcissus - Daffodils Guides with Rosa - Roses Guides with Scilla - Squills

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 Bulbs, Roses
Plant Family Chionodoxa - Glory of the Snow, Crocus, Galanthus - Snowdrops, Muscari - Grape Hyacinths, Narcissus - Daffodils, Rosa - Roses, Scilla - Squills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance 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
Compare All Chionodoxa - Glory of the Snow Compare All Crocus Compare All Galanthus - Snowdrops Compare All Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Compare All Narcissus - Daffodils Compare All Rosa - Roses Compare All Scilla - Squills Great Plant Combination Ideas with Chionodoxa - Glory of the Snow Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocus Great Plant Combination Ideas with Galanthus - Snowdrops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Great Plant Combination Ideas with Narcissus - Daffodils Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Scilla - Squills Guides with Chionodoxa - Glory of the Snow Guides with Crocus Guides with Galanthus - Snowdrops Guides with Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Guides with Narcissus - Daffodils Guides with Rosa - Roses Guides with Scilla - Squills

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