Plant Family Guides: Rosa - Roses

 

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.

Pretty Roses and Clematis Combination Ideas (Part 1)

When pairing roses and clematis, you need to consider size, color, fragrance, and timing of their respective blooms. The diverse clematis family provides you with a wide choice in terms of flower size (large, small, single, double) and shapes (cross-shaped, bell-shaped, star-shaped), color (purple, blue, pink, red, white or bicolor), fragrance, disease-resistance.

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.

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, 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.

Combine Early-Flowering Clematis with your Climbing Roses

Combining early flowering Clematis with your roses would have the benefit of advancing the season of interest of your roses. Blooming before the roses, the Clematis would use the roses as a support and their elegant blooms would stand out against the foliage of the roses.

Pretty Roses and Clematis Combination Ideas (Part 2)

Climbing roses and clematis are perfect companions. They also complement one another. The clematis foliage can hide the rose's bare legs. The roses add their lovely fragrance. And when combining their blooms, they often look many times more beautiful, making a much more dramatic impact, than on a standalone basis.

Pretty Roses and Clematis Combination Ideas (Part 3)

Climbing roses and clematis are perfect companions. They happily share the same arch, trellis, pergola, doorway or garden wall, both reaching for the sun and providing a lush vertical floral display. They also have the same natural needs, require the same growing conditions (rich soil, moist, well-drained soils) and benefit from the same fertilizers. Create terrific combinations or get inspired by those presented here!

Combine Late-Flowering Clematis with your Climbing Roses

Combining late flowering Clematis with your roses would have the benefit of extending the season of interest of your roses. Blooming after the roses, the Clematis would use the roses as a support and their elegant blooms would stand out against the foliage of the roses.

Combining Roses and Clematis

Before starting combining roses and clematis, you need to learn a few things as not all clematis and roses work well together.

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 David Austin Roses for the Southeast

Wondering which English rose cultivars have proven reliable and entirely worth growing in Southern gardens?

Best David Austin Roses for Southern California

Wondering which English rose cultivars have proven reliable and entirely worth growing in South California gardens?

Best David Austin Roses for Pacific Northwest Gardens

Wondering which English rose cultivars have proven reliably hardy and entirely worth growing in Pacific Northwest gardens?

Best David Austin Roses for Gardeners in the Midwest

Wondering which English rose cultivars have proven reliably hardy and entirely worth growing in Midwest gardens?

Best David Austin Roses for Mid-Atlantic Gardeners

Wondering which English rose cultivars have proven reliably hardy and entirely worth growing in Mid-Atlantic gardens?

Best David Austin Roses for Gardeners in New England

Wondering which English rose cultivars have proven reliably hardy and entirely worth growing in New England gardens?

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.