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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


Dicentra 'Luxuriant' (Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart)

Everblooming, award-winner Dicentra 'Luxuriant' (Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart) is a compact herbaceous perennial adorned with a blue-green, finely divided foliage and arching sprays of nodding, heart-shaped, cerise-pink flowers. Blooming over a very long season extending from late spring to early fall, the flowers dangle gracefully above the lush foliage mound. 'Luxuriant' is more sun and heat tolerant than most bleeding heart varieties. Excellent for edging, and very useful for containers.

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Dicentra (Bleeding Hearts)

Appealing to most gardeners, Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) are rhizomatous or tuberous perennials with heart-shaped flowers dangling in arching panicles or racemes above attractively divided leaves. Shade tolerant, they bloom over a long season, extending from late spring to early fall, in cooler climates. In hotter climates, flowering will usually stop in the heat of the summer, but may start again when the weather cools in late summer or early fall. Beautiful in leaf as soon as they sprout, they quickly add their charming blooms and make elegant additions to the garden when combined with other shade-loving perennials.

Dicentra formosa 'Bacchanal' (Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart)

Award-winner Dicentra formosa 'Bacchanal' (Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart) is a compact herbaceous perennial adorned with a gray-green, finely divided foliage and short racemes of nodding, heart-shaped, deep crimson flowers. Blooming from late spring to early summer, the flowers dangle gracefully above the lush foliage mound.

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Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' (Bleeding Heart)

Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' (Bleeding Heart) is a graceful perennial that is fabulous to brighten a shady border. In late spring, it bears elegant, arching wands of heart-shaped, pristine white flowers with protruding white petals, which dangle above the fern-like foliage of fresh green leaves.

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Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' (Bleeding Heart)

Noted for its brilliant gold leaves and peach-colored stems, Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' (Bleeding Heart) is a graceful perennial that is fabulous to brighten a shady border. In late spring, it bears elegant, arching wands of heart-shaped rose-pink flowers with protruding white petals which dangle above the foliage for several weeks.

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Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine' (Bleeding Heart)

Noted for its brilliant floral display, Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine' (Bleeding Heart) is a graceful perennial which produces dozens of arching flower stems adorned with dangling, heart-shaped, rich scarlet-red flowers with protruding white petals. Blooming in late spring to early summer, they add drama in the shady garden.

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Dicentra spectabilis 'White Gold' (Bleeding Heart)

Dicentra spectabilis 'White Gold' (Bleeding Heart) is a graceful perennial that is perfect to brighten any shade garden. In late spring, it bears elegant, arching wands of heart-shaped, brilliant white flowers with protruding white petals, which dangle above the fern-like foliage of golden leaves. Great for shaded borders or woodland gardens, plant it among other perennials such as hosta, astilbe, pulmonaria or ferns to fill in the space left by its foliage when going dormant.

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Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart)

One of the most elegant of perennials, Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is a graceful herbaceous perennial boasting gracefully arching stems studded with lockets of pink flowers, whose hearts are no doubt bleeding, adorned with protruding white petals. They hang above the attractive foliage of soft green, divided leaves.

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Digitalis parviflora (Small-Flowered Foxglove)

It produces tightly packed spires of chocolate flowers veined violet with a mahogany lower lip. Blooming from late spring to mid summer, they rise from a basal rosette of downy, lance-shaped leaves and provide fascinating color and architectural height to borders.

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Dodecatheon hendersonii (Californian Cyclamen)

Dodecatheon hendersonii (Californian Cyclamen) is a sturdy herbaceous perennial boasting umbels of 3-17 nodding, pale to deep magenta-pink flowers, 1 in. long (2 cm), resembling cyclamen blooms. Each flower has 4-5 swept-back petals and a cluster of prominent dark stamens that appear like wind-blown umbrellas.

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Dodecatheon jeffreyi (Sierra Shooting Star)

Dodecatheon jeffreyi (Sierra Shooting Star) is an herbaceous perennial boasting large umbels of 3-18 nodding, rose-purple flowers, 1 in. long (2 cm), resembling cyclamen blooms. Each flower has 4-5 swept-back petals and a cluster of prominent dark stamens that appear like wind-blown umbrellas.

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Dodecatheon meadia (Shooting Star)

Dodecatheon meadia (Shooting Star) is an herbaceous perennial boasting large umbels of 8-20 nodding, white, light pink, or rosy pink flowers, 1 in. long (2 cm), resembling cyclamen blooms. Each flower has 5 swept-back petals and a cluster of prominent yellow stamens that appear like wind-blown umbrellas.

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Dodecatheon pulchellum (Dark Throat Shooting Star)

Dodecatheon pulchellum (Dark Throat Shooting Star) is an herbaceous perennial boasting umbels of 8-20 brilliant magenta to deep cerise flowers, 1 in. long (2 cm), resembling cyclamen blooms. Each flower has 5 swept-back petals adorned with a white collar at their base and a yellow ring, under which five stamens join to form a downward-pointing beak.

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Double Narcissus Group

Incredibly romantic and beautiful, Double Daffodils resemble peonies or carnations more than classic daffodils with their packed rows of petals and all their frills. This group includes either daffodils with a doubled trumpet or daffodils with a double row of petals or even both. Many cultivars are sweetly fragrant. They usually bear one flower per stem, but occasionally may have more. Flower colors range from yellow, white to peach, pink or red and these lovely blossoms are usually expected in mid to late spring. Double Daffodils work especially well under flowering trees and shrubs.

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' (Autumn Fern)

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' (Autumn Fern) is an evergreen fern with strikingly orange-red new fronds in spring, which contrast beautifully with the shiny, dark green, mature fronds. Fading to lustrous summer green as the season progresses, the bipinnate, triangular blades draw attention again in fall with their bright red ripe spores (sori) on their undersides.

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Dryopteris filix-mas (Male Fern)

Dryopteris filix-mas (Male Fern) is a large, deciduous fern with erect, stout rhizomes supporting graceful bouquets of lance-shaped, dull green fronds. Tapering at the base, each frond (blade) is pinnate-pinnatifid with 20-30 pairs of long-pointed leaflets per blade. Turning coppery in fall, this most adaptable and robust fern thrives on neglect and is pest and disease free.

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Dwarf Asiatic Hybrid Lilies - Pixie Series

Just a knockout! Among the easiest lilies to grow and the earliest to bloom, dwarf Asiatic 'Pixie' Lilies enjoy large, brightly-colored, satin trumpet flowers delicately freckled in the throat, that can't be missed

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Epimedium 'Akebono' (Barrenwort)

Robust and long-lived, Epimedium 'Akebono' (Barrenwort) is a deciduous, clump-forming perennial with a lovely foliage of heart-shaped, pointed leaves flushed red when they emerge in spring. In mid to late spring, open sprays of abundant, two-tone rose flowers dance on the ends of wiry stems above the foliage. The blossoms are a delicate combination of white and palest pink sepals sitting atop long-spurred petals that are deep rose pink with snow-white tips.

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Epimedium 'Amber Queen' (Barrenwort)

Noted for its incredibly long blooming season, Epimedium 'Amber Queen' (Barrenwort) is an evergreen perennial with long, heart-shaped, very pointed leaves mottled with burgundy-red in spring before they mature to bright green. The dramatic foliage creates quite an impact all year long. In mid to late spring, a profusion of large marmalade-orange flowers dance on tall stems (up to 24 in. or 60 cm), well above the mottled foliage.

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Epimedium 'Domino' (Barrenwort)

Very floriferous, Epimedium 'Domino' (Barrenwort) is an evergreen perennial with long, spiny, green leaves that are splashed with bronze. In mid to late spring, a profusion of delicate-looking, large flowers float on wiry stems well above the foliage. They are adorned with sepals and long-spurred white petals that deepen to contrasting purple-red centers. Vigorous, this Epimedium is reported to produce up to 100 flower stems on a mature plant. In satisfactory conditions, it can produce a second flush of flowers.

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Epimedium 'Kaguyahime' (Barrenwort)

Brilliantly colored, Epimedium 'Kaguyahime' (Barrenwort) is an evergreen perennial with a striking foliage of large, pointed, spiny leaves, heavily splashed with maroon-red when young. In mid to late spring, open sprays of abundant, two-tone rose flowers hover on the ends of wiry stems above the foliage. The medium sized blossoms are a delicate combination of large rose pink sepals sitting atop deep purple petals with incurved spurs.

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Epimedium 'Pink Champagne' (Barrenwort)

Epimedium 'Pink Champagne' (Barrenwort) is an evergreen perennial with long, arrow-shaped, green leaves splashed with purple. In mid to late spring, a profusion of large flowers dance on wiry stems well above the mottled foliage. They are adorned with rose-pink sepals and long-spurred deep strawberry-pink petals with pale yellow tips. Vigorous, this Epimedium will repeat flower if grown in satisfactory conditions.

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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee' (Barrenwort)

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee' (Barrenwort) is a deciduous, rhizomatous perennial with attractive, oval, pointed leaves that emerge bronze-purple in spring, gradually aging to green for the summer, and then back to bronze-purple in fall. In mid to late spring, open sprays of amethyst purple flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with long white spurs, hover on the ends of wiry stems, well above the foliage. Though the flowers may only last for a few weeks, the lovely foliage will captivate interest all season long.

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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Rose Queen' (Barrenwort)

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Rose Queen' (Barrenwort) is an evergreen rhizomatous perennial with attractive, heart-shaped, pointed leaves that emerge bronze-purple in spring, gradually aging to dark green for the summer, and then back to bronze-purple in fall. In mid to late spring, open sprays of bright rosy-pink flowers, 2.5 in. across (3.5 cm), adorned with long white spurs, hover on the ends of wiry stems, well above the foliage. Though the flowers may only last for a few weeks, the lovely foliage will captivate interest all season long.

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