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Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion planting

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.

Best David Austin Roses, David Austin Roses for Shade, Great Roses for Shade, Top Roses for Shade, Best roses for Shade, Best English Roses for Shade, Fragrant Roses for Shade

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, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion planting

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.

Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion planting

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.

Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion planting

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.

Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion planting

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.

Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion planting

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.

Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion planting

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.

Native Plants, Invasive Plants, Rosa Rugosa, Rugosa Rose, Japanese Rose, Ramanas Rose, Wild Roses, Rugosa Hybrids, Shrub roses, pink roses, Hardy roses

Native Plant Alternatives to Rosa rugosa (Rugosa Rose)

Rosa rugosa (Rugosa Rose) is listed in the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States. The federal government has estimated that nearly 25 percent of the 20,000 plant species native to North America are at risk of extinction, many of these through habitat loss. You can help reverse this trend by planting great native plants in your garden.

Native Plants, Invasive Plants, Rosa canina, Dog Rose, Bird Briar, Briar Rose, Buckieberries, Canker, Cankerberry, Canker Flower, Canker Rose, Cat Whin, Choop Tree, Common Brier, Dog Briar, Dog Brier, Hep Briar, Hep Rose,

Native Plant Alternatives to Rosa canina (Dog Rose)

Rosa canina (Dog Rose) is listed in the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States. The federal government has estimated that nearly 25 percent of the 20,000 plant species native to North America are at risk of extinction, many of these through habitat loss. You can help reverse this trend by planting great native plants in your garden.

Native Plants, Invasive Plants, Rosa laevigata, Cherokee Rose, Three-Leaved Rose, Rosa sinica, Wild Roses, Shrub Roses

Native Plant Alternatives to Rosa laevigata (Cherokee Rose)

Rosa laevigata (Cherokee Rose) is listed in the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States. The federal government has estimated that nearly 25 percent of the 20,000 plant species native to North America are at risk of extinction, many of these through habitat loss. You can help reverse this trend by planting great native plants in your garden.

Native Plants, Invasive Plants, Rosa multiflora, Multiflora Rose, Many-Flowered Rose, Japanese Rose, Baby Rose, Bramble Rose, Wild Roses, Shrub Roses, Climbing Roses, Rosa polyantha

Native Plant Alternatives to Rosa multiflora (Multiflora Rose)

Rosa multiflora (Multiflora Rose) is listed in the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States. The federal government has estimated that nearly 25 percent of the 20,000 plant species native to North America are at risk of extinction, many of these through habitat loss. You can help reverse this trend by planting great native plants in your garden.

Best Roses, Best Hybrid Tea Roses, Best Floribunda Roses, Best Grandiflora Roses, Best Miniature Roses, Best Climbing Roses, Best Landscape Roses

All America Rose Selections Winners

All-America Rose Selections (AARS) is a non profit association founded in 1938 for the purpose of evaluating rose varieties and promoting exceptional roses. For more than 60 years, AARS has been testing roses on the basis of color, form, fragrance, floral impact, habit, vigor, foliage, disease resistance, repeat bloom, aging quality and novelty.

Rose Types, English Roses, Hybrid Tea Roses, Floribunda Roses, Grandiflora Roses, Miniature Roses, Climbing Roses, Rambling Roses, Shrub Roses, Grouncover Roses

Main Rose Types for your Garden

There are many different types of roses. With over 150 species and thousands of hybrids, the rose world is incredibly diverse in terms of form, color, vigor or fragrance. Some varieties are compact enough to grow in containers on the patio, others are perfect candidates for the mixed border or for climbing up a wall or a pergola. To help you sort through the differences and pick the right one for your needs, you will find below the most popular types of roses grown today.

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