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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


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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Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' (Toad Lily)

Perfect to lighten up the shade garden, Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’ (Toad Lily) is a compact, shade-loving perennial with a luminous foliage of shiny, lance-shaped, dark green leaves adorned with golden-yellow margins. In late summer to early fall, clusters of small, orchid-like, purple flowers, heavily sprinkled with dark purple freckles are borne in the upper leaf axils and at the top of erect stems. Sparkling in the garden, Toad Lily is an excellent perennial for adding late season color to the shade garden.

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Tricyrtis formosana (Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis formosana is regarded as a top performer as a result of its superior floral display, robust habit, winter hardiness and disease resistance.

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Tricyrtis hirta 'Miyazaki Hybrids' (Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis hirta 'Miyazaki Hybrids' (Toad Lily) is a shade-loving perennial with short, gracefully arching, hairy stems clad with lance-shaped green leaves arranged in a ladder-like fashion. Blooming from late summer to fall, clusters of large, orchid-like, white flowers heavily sprinkled with purple freckles appear all along the stems. Quite showy, they are borne in the leaf axils along the entire stem, creating a more impressive floral display than on other species.

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Tricyrtis hirta 'Tojen' (Toad Lily)

One of the earliest Japanese Toad Lilies to bloom, Tricyrtis hirta 'Tojen' is a shade-loving perennial with short, gracefully arching, burgundy stems clad with large, lush, spring-green leaves arranged in a ladder-like fashion. Blooming from late summer to fall, clusters of large, showy, orchid-like, white flowers adorned with lavender-edged petals appear all along the stems. Unlike most Toad Lilies, the blossoms are without spotting. Quite showy, they are borne in the leaf axils along the entire stem, creating a more impressive floral display than on other species.

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Trillium cuneatum (Little Sweet Betsy)

Trillium cuneatum (Little Sweet Betsy) is a clump-forming rhizomatous perennial producing whorls of egg-shaped, prominently-veined, green leaves handsomely marbled with silver. In mid to late spring, stalkless, rich maroon flowers, 3 in. tall (7 cm), appear in the center of the three-leaf whorl.

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Trillium erectum (Red Trillium)

Trillium erectum (Red Trillium) is a clump-forming perennial with erect stems clad with a whorl of 3 diamond-shaped leaves. Perched above the leaves is a ravishing, solitary, nodding, crimson flower, up to 2-4 in. across (5-9 cm), adorned with 3 recurved petals in spring.

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Trillium flexipes (Nodding Wakerobin)

A handsome and distinctive trillium, Trillium flexipes (Nodding Wakerobin) is a clump-forming rhizomatous perennial producing whorls of large, heart-shaped, almost overlapping, green leaves, up to 3-10 in. long and wide (7-25 cm). In mid to late spring, creamy-white outward-facing flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), appear above the leaves on short stalks which may be drooping or standing erect.

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Trillium grandiflorum (White Trillium)

Quite showy, Trillium grandiflorum (White Trillium) is a vigorous clump-forming perennial with erect stems clad with a whorl of 3 broadly ovate leaves. From the center of the leaf whorl emerges a solitary, white flower in spring, up to 4 in. across (10 cm), adorned with 3 recurved petals.

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Trillium grandiflorum f. roseum (Pink Trillium)

Trillium grandiflorum f. roseum (Pink Trillium) is a clump-forming rhizomatous perennial boasting large, solitary, clear pink flowers, 5 in. across (12 cm), in late spring and early summer. The blossoms are presented wide open above a mound of dark green leaves.

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Trillium luteum (Wood Lily)

Native primarily to the southeastern and midsouth U.S, Trillium luteum (Wood Lily) is a graceful perennial which enjoys slightly lemon scented, canary yellow flowers with narrow, upright petals, 2-3 in. long (5-7 cm).

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Trillium sessile (Toadshade)

Noted for its subtle beauty, Trillium sessile (Toadshade) is a clump-forming rhizomatous perennial producing whorls of broadly oval, deep green leaves handsomely marbled with pale, silvery green and bronze-maroon. In mid to late spring, stalkless, upright, wine-red to burgundy flowers, 2 in. tall (5 cm), appear in the center of the three-leaf whorl.

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Trillium undulatum (Painted Trillium)

One of the most attractive woodland Trilliums, Trillium undulatum (Painted Trillium) is a clump-forming rhizomatous perennial producing whorls of three broadly oval, basal, blue-green leaves. In mid spring to early summer, ravishing white flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with a splash of pink are borne above the leaves on a short, arching stem.

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Trilliums

One of the most beloved of the spring woodland wildflowers, Trilliums (Wake Robin) are remarkable rhizomatous perennials with unbranched stems, noted for the perfect symmetry of their leaves, petals and sepals which all come in groups of three, hence the genus name. Their blooms can be either showy or discrete, their foliage handsomely mottled. Jewels of the shade garden, they are fully hardy and will blossom and blend beautifully with other woodland plants.

Tulipa turkestanica (Botanical Tulip)

A reliable repeat bloomer! Award-winning Tulip turkestanica is a wild-looking species with gray-green leaves and up to 12 star-shaped, white flowers

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Veronica 'Whitewater' (Prostrate Speedwell)

Low growing and durable, Veronica 'Whitewater' (Prostrate Speedwell) is a vigorous semi-evergreen perennial forming a dense carpet of small, glistening white flowers borne on creeping, wiry stems, over a long period from mid spring to early summer. Even when not smothered with flowers, this outstanding plant remains attractive thanks to its lush foliage of small, lance-shaped, deep green, glossy leaves. The foliage turns an attractive burgundy to bronze in the fall, further extending the season of interest of this Speedwell.

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Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue' (Speedwell)

Low growing and durable, Veronica 'Georgia Blue' is a vigorous semi-evergreen perennial forming a brightly colored cushion of small, rich-blue flowers adorned with pearly-white eyes, over a long period from early to late spring and sporadically all summer.

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Vinca major 'Variegata' (Periwinkle)

Award-winning Vinca major 'Variegata' (Periwinkle) is an evergreen, mat-forming, subshrub or perennial with long prostrate rooting stems covered with ivory-margined, sea green leaves. Borne on arching shoots over a long season, large violet-blue flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), appear in mid-spring and continue to flower intermittently throughout summer into fall.

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Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety' (Periwinkle)

Award-winning Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety' (Periwinkle) is a vigorous, evergreen mat-forming perennial with glossy dark green leaves and large violet-blue flowers from mid-spring to early summer. Borne over a long period, they continue to flower intermittently throughout summer into fall and are valuable for enlivening dark areas.

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Vinca minor 'Illumination' (Periwinkle)

Vinca minor 'Illumination' (Periwinkle) is a prostrate evergreen perennial with a brightly variegated foliage and violet-blue flowers. Emerging chartreuse with dark green edges, the leaves mature to a rich golden color before softening to a cream color. Violet-blue flowers, 1 in. wide (2.5 cm), appear in mid-spring and contrast well against the foliage.

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