Guides: Formal Garden
Underplanting Roses - Companion Plants for Roses
Roses need friends or companion plants around them for various reasons including pest and disease control, longer season of interest and aesthetics. Below are some basic rules to follow when pairing your favorite roses with other plants.
Alliums (Ornamental Onions)
Alliums are plants of exquisite beauty that deserve a place in perennial gardens. Easy to grow and undemanding, these very ornamental bulbs distinguish themselves by their great diversity in color, inflorescence, flowering height and bloom times. Many species bloom in early summer - just after the spring-flowering period and just before the exuberant full bloom of summer.
Best English Roses for Partial Shade
While most roses perform best in full sun (more than 6 hours a day), a number of English roses also enjoy partial shade where they will reward you with their sumptuous blooms. However, they will need to receive at least 4 to 5 hours of sunshine daily.
Underplanting Roses with Low-Growing Spring Bulbs
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.
Great Rose Companion Plants: Alliums
Roses need friends or companion plants around them for various reasons, including pest and disease control, the longer season of interest, and aesthetics. Below are some basic rules to follow when pairing your favorite roses with other plants.
Great Rose Companion Plants: Geraniums
Hardy geraniums are classic rose companions. They are great at insinuating themselves among the bare legs of roses, and help reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and prevent diseases.
Great Rose Companion Plants: Nepeta, Salvia and Lavandula
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.
Great Colorful Rose Companion Plants
There is a wide range of companion plants that will bring out the best qualities of your roses and share their space with a serene balance. Find those most frequently admired in mixed rose borders.
Great Foliage Plants as Rose Companions
There is a wide range of foliage plants that will bring out the best qualities of your roses and share their space with a serene balance. Find those most frequently admired in mixed rose borders.
Tall Alliums for your Garden Borders
Tall Alliums are very impressive when towering up above lower-growing plants or ground covers. They are definitely displayed at their loveliest when placed among perennial plants in the border. Their leaves, which are usually not very attractive and which also wither back quickly after flowering, will then be hidden beneath the leaves of the perennial plants.
Best English Roses for Pots and Containers
Container gardening is a very pleasant and easy way to grow English roses. Their dazzling beauty and seductive fragrance are right up to eye and nose level for your guaranteed pleasure. Containers are also a fabulous option for those lacking garden space or facing soil and drainage issues.
Most Fragrant English Roses
Tickling the senses with their delicate charm and incredible beauty, David Austin's English Roses are also renowned for their powerful and delightful fragrances. Here, David Austin’s senior Rosarian, Michael Marriott offers his list of some of the most exquisite roses based on their lovely fragrances
Best English Roses for Cutting from the Garden
All English Roses are beautiful in the vase. Some varieties are even better than others, offering longer vase life as well as pleasing fragrance and overall beauty .
Best English Roses for Mixed Borders
The dazzling beauty of English Roses, their fine qualities and seductive fragrance, make them ideal garden plants for growing in the mixed border. Why? There are many reasons for this.
Best English Roses for Hedges
Rose hedges are a stunning landscape feature. In addition to providing color, hedge roses also offer fragrance, add privacy to your property and contribute to beautifully define your borders. Here is a selection of ravishingly beautiful English roses which produce abundant blossoms throughout the growing season and create outstanding hedges.
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