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Underplanting Roses and Shrubs

Find plant combinations that will enhance your landscape and please your eye!

Roses and Shrubs need friends or companion plants around them for various reasons including pest and disease control, longer season of interest and aesthetics. Discover how to extend the flowering season of your mixed border by underplanting your shrubs and roses with a succession of flowers that will reinforce the beauty of their blooms. Learn how to get your roses healthier by surrounding them with companion plants which help repel bad bugs while encouraging beneficial insects. Make sure you select ornamental grasses, perennials, annuals or shrubs that have the same growing requirements as your favorite roses and shrubs. Find plant combinations that will enhance your landscape and please your eye!


Underplanting Roses and Shrubs Guides


Primula auricula 'Cinnamon' (Primrose)

Primula auricula 'Cinnamon' is an evergreen perennial forming a rosette of pale gray-green leaves, topped with sturdy stems bearing fragrant, soft coppery-orange, fully double flowers. Blooming profusely from mid to late spring, the lovely blooms look great at the front of borders or in containers.

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Primula auricula 'Golden Hind' (Primrose)

Primula auricula 'Golden Hind' is an evergreen perennial forming a rosette of pale green leaves, topped with sturdy stems bearing sweetly fragrant, fully double, soft golden-yellow flowers with rose shading at the petal bases. Blooming profusely from mid to late spring, the gorgeous blooms look stunning at the front of borders or in containers.

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Primula Gold-Laced Group (Polyanthus Primrose)

One of the most distinctive Polyanthus Primroses, Primula Gold-laced Group are semi-evergreen to evergreen perennials forming a rosette of oval, mid-green leaves sometimes tinged red. In mid to late spring, they produce eye-catching, flat flowers adorned with golden centers and intricately edged with shimmering gold. Hardy and easy to grow

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Primula kisoana var. alba (Hardy Primrose)

Vigorous, Primula kisoana var. alba (Hardy Primrose) is an herbaceous perennial boasting umbels of 2-6 pure white flowers, up to 3 in. across (7 cm), in mid to late spring. Borne atop stout, leafless stems, they rise above a foliage mat of thick, wrinkled, light green leaves.

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Primula vialii (Orchid Primrose)

Fascinating with its unusual spires of tiny, pinkish-purple flowers, that are red at the top of the spike when in bud, Primula vialii (Orchid Primrose) is a striking perennial

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Primula x elatior 'Pacific Hybrids' (English Primrose)

Prized for their dazzling color show early in the season, Primula x elatior 'Pacific Hybrids' (English Primrose) are short-lived perennials forming a rosette of oblong leaves, with erect stems bearing large flowers in vibrant colors in mid spring.

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Puschkinia scilloides (Striped Squill)

Realize an impressive display with this lovely bulb, Striped Squill (Puschkinia libanotica or Puschkinia scilloides). A great naturalizer, it will come back year after year and even multiply from seed under favorable conditions of light shade and moisture-retentive soil.

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Salvia x sylvestris 'Blue Hill' ('Blauhugel' Sage)

An excellent blue Sage, Salvia x sylvestris 'Blue Hill' or 'Blauhugel' forms eye-catching, compact, bushy clumps that are covered with stunning spikes of rich violet-blue flowers, appearing in early summer and lasting throughout the summer.

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Scilla bifolia (Alpine Squill)

Memorable when planted in mass!

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Scilla mischtschenkoana (White Squill)

Scilla mischtschenkoana is the earliest to flower, generally in late winter or early spring, and was introduced to the Netherlands from Iran in the thirties by the Dutch firm, Tubergen. Features racemes of starry ice-blue flowers, about 1 inch wide (2.5 cm), with a dark stripe through each petal. Blooms last as long as 2 months!

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Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill)

Scilla siberica is one of the earliest spring bloomers, producing intense blue, bell-shaped nodding flowers (1-3 per stem), each bulb producing 3 to 4 flower stems above a grassy foliage in March or April. A wonderful way to add a sea of blue to the rock garden or the border front.

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Silene armeria (Garden Catchfly)

Beautify your garden with Silene armeria (Garden Catchfly), a lovely perennial plant with eye-catching rounded clusters of bright pink flowers in mid or late summer

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Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ears)

Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina) is a wonderful evergreen perennial, mostly grown for its rich rosettes of showy, velvety, silvery tongue-shaped leaves, resembling lamb's ears and bringing interest to the border. Pink-purple flower spikes appear in late spring or early summer. Their fuzzy flowers add textural interest

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Stachys macrantha 'Superba' (Big Betony)

Noted for the spectacular display provided by its vivid flowers, Big Betony (Stachys macrantha) is a wonderful perennial featuring 2-3 whorls of vibrant, pink to purple, two-lipped flower spikes held above handsome mounds of soft, wrinkled, dark green leaves with scalloped edges

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Tazetta Narcissus Group

The Tazetta Narcissus group includes very short cupped, sweetly fragrant, mid-sized daffodils bearing multiple flowers, up to 3-20 per sturdy stem. Many are not hardy to the more northern climates, but are terrific performers in USDA Zones 5-9. Excellent for forcing (this division includes the world-famous but tender paperwhites), they also naturalize readily in wet-winter, dry-summer climates. Suitable as garden plants or for cutting, most bloom in mid-late spring.

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Album' (Meadow Rue)

A superb border plant, Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Album' (Meadow Rue) is favored for its lacy, refined, bluish-green foliage resembling Columbine and its dense panicles of pure white fluffy flowers rising elegantly above the foliage.

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Thalictrum aquilegiifolium (Meadow Rue)

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium (Meadow Rue) is favored for its lacy, refined, bluish-green foliage resembling Columbine or Maidenhair Fern and its dense panicles of pink, white or purple fluffy flowers. On display in late spring to early summer, they give way to ornamental clusters of pendulous, wing-like seeds, therefore providing an extended season of interest.

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Triandrus Narcissus Group

Triandrus Narcissi, sometimes called 'Angels' Tears', produce up to 2-3 small to medium-sized flowers per stem in mid to late spring. Their distinguishing feature is that the perianth petals flare back and away from the bell-shaped cup so that the cup is more conspicuous. The delicate-looking flowers, white or yellow, are always angled downward. Usually strongly fragrant, these low-growing little daffodils have a definite preference for somewhat damp habitats. They are also frequently used in rock gardens.

Tricyrtis 'Blue Wonder' (Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis 'Blue Wonder' (Toad Lily) is a compact, shade-loving perennial with upright, arching stems clad with ovate, dark green leaves and ravishing clusters of creamy-white flowers, 1 in. long (2.5 cm), adorned with blue and deep purple speckles and purple anthers. Borne in the upper leaf axils and stem tips, the blossoms can be admired from late summer to fall.

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Tricyrtis 'Sinonome' (Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis 'Sinonome' (Toad Lily) is a shade-loving perennial of vase-shaped habit with long, slightly arching stems clad with ovate, medium green leaves and ravishing clusters of small, creamy-white flowers, 1. in. long (2.3 cm), adorned with burgundy-purple spotting and blotching.

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Tricyrtis 'Taipei Silk' (Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis 'Taipei Silk' (Toad Lily) is a shade-loving perennial of upright-spreading habit with stiff stems clad with glossy, dark green leaves and ravishing clusters of large, creamy-white flowers, 1. in. long (3 cm), adorned with violet-lavender edges and reddish-purple spotting. Borne in the upper leaf axils and stem tips, the blossoms can be admired from late summer to fall.

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Tricyrtis formosana 'Autumn Glow' (Toad Lily)

Noted for its variegated foliage, Tricyrtis formosana ‘Autumn Glow’ (Toad Lily) is a shade-loving perennial with small, orchid-like flowers. The blooms feature six showy white tepals, heavily sprinkled with reddish purple to blue violet freckles and a yellow throat. Quite showy, they are borne in lax clusters at the top of erect stalks and sparkle in the garden in mid summer to early fall. The luminous foliage of shiny, lance-shaped, dark green leaves is adorned with wide golden-yellow margins and usually remains attractive throughout the growing season.

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Tricyrtis formosana 'Dark Beauty' (Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis formosana ‘Dark Beauty’ (Toad Lily) is a pretty shade-loving perennial with large, smooth, dark green leaves adorned with dark purplish green spots. In late summer to early fall, clusters of small, orchid-like, white flowers, heavily sprinkled with dark purple freckles are borne in the upper leaf axils and at the top of erect stems.

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Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge' (Toad Lily)

Perfect to lighten up the shade garden, Tricyrtis formosana ‘Gilt Edge’ (Toad Lily) is a compact, shade-loving perennial with a luminous foliage of shiny, lance-shaped, dark green leaves adorned with creamy-yellow edges. The pretty foliage generally remains attractive throughout the growing season. In late summer to early fall, clusters of small, orchid-like, pale pink flowers, heavily sprinkled with purple freckles are borne in the upper leaf axils and at the top of the gracefully arching stems.

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