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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


Epimedium leptorrhizum (Barrenwort)

Noted for its particularly large flowers, Epimedium leptorrhizum (Barrenwort) is a low-growing semi-evergreen perennial with large, deeply veined leaves with white undersides. Emerging mottled bronze in spring, they mature to olive-green. In mid to late spring, large, rose-pink, nodding flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with gracefully up-tilted sepals and paler shell pink spurred petals rise on wiry stems above the foliage mound. Evergreen south of USDA Zone 7. 

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Epimedium wushanense (Barrenwort)

Impressive, Epimedium wushanense (Barrenwort) is an evergreen perennial with a striking foliage of enormous, shiny, long leaves adorned with dramatic spiny edges. They boast a bronze-pink cast when young before maturing to mid-green. In mid to late spring, sprays of tightly clustered, large, pale yellow flowers arch over on tall, green stems well above the huge foliage mound. A remarkable garden plant for the shade garden, capable of producing hundreds of blooms on its branching stems.

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Epimedium × rubrum (Red Barrenwort)

One of the best Epimediums available, Epimedium × rubrum (Red Barrenwort) is a deciduous, rhizomatous perennial with attractive, heart-shaped, pointed leaves that emerge red-flushed in spring, mature to shiny green and turn red in fall. In mid to late spring, clouds of small, dainty flowers, 1 in. across (2 cm), hover on the ends of wiry stems just above the foliage. Slightly spurred, their large rosy-red sepals cover snowy-white petals and contrast nicely with the creamy-yellow stamens.

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Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum' (Barrenwort)

One of the best cultivars available, Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum' (Barrenwort) is a low-growing semi-evergreen perennial with heart-shaped, pointed leaves that emerge red-flushed in spring, mature to pale green and turn reddish in fall. In mid to late spring, clouds of two-tone primrose-yellow flowers, 1 in. across (2 cm), are carried in open sprays on wiry stems above the foliage mound. Round and large, the creamy sepals cover the butter yellow flowers adorned with short spurs.

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Epimedium × warleyense 'Orangekönigin' (Barrenwort)

Reliable and long-lived, Epimedium × warleyense 'Orangekönigin' or 'Orange Queen' (Barrenwort) is an evergreen perennial making a carpet of heart-shaped, medium green leaves with bold red edges in spring. Quite ornamental, the foliage gradually turns mid-green for the summer, before turning bronze with red tones in fall. In mid to late spring, clouds of small, pale coppery orange flowers dance on wiry stems just above the unfurling foliage.

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Epimedium × youngianum 'Niveum' (Snowy Barrenwort)

Epimedium × youngianum 'Niveum' (Snowy Barrenwort) is a compact deciduous perennial with heart-shaped, pointed, mid-green leaves that emerge lightly flushed and veined red in spring and turn bronzy-red in fall. In mid to late spring, clouds of small, starry, pure white flowers are carried in open sprays on red stems above the foliage mound. Perfect to brighten up a shady corner of the garden, Snowy Barrenwort makes a wonderful groundcover for many landscape situations including under deciduous trees.

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Epimedium × youngianum 'Roseum' (Barrenwort)

Epimedium × youngianum 'Roseum' (Barrenwort) is a compact deciduous perennial with ovate-pointed, wavy-edged, mid-green leaves that emerge flushed red in spring. In mid to late spring, clouds of nodding, broadly bell-shaped, soft lavender-pink flowers, 1 in. across (2 cm), are carried in open sprays on red stems above the foliage mound. Perfect to cheer up a shady corner of the garden, this Barrenwort makes a wonderful groundcover for many landscape situations including under deciduous trees.

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Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)

Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite) is a charming tuberous perennial that bursts from the ground in late winter (before crocuses) with cup-shaped, upward-facing, bright yellow flowers surrounded by divided leafy bracts. The foliage of rich green leaves, divided into several lobes, emerges after the flowers. Winter Aconites go dormant by late spring.

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Erythronium 'Kondo' (Dog Tooth Violet)

Erythronium 'Kondo' (Dog Tooth Violet) is a vigorous perennial boasting up to 7 nodding, pale yellow flowers per stem in mid-late spring. Each blossom features elegantly recurved, pointed petals and deep yellow anthers.

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Erythronium 'Pagoda' (Dog Tooth Violet)

With big creamy-yellow flowers, Erythronium 'Pagoda' (Dog Tooth Violet) is an outstanding addition to shady gardens. Vigorous, this spring perennial features up to 10 nodding lily-like flowers per stem, 2 in. wide (5 cm), with elegantly recurved, pointed petals in mid to late spring.

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Erythronium americanum (Yellow Trout Lily)

Erythronium americanum (Yellow Trout Lily) is a charming perennial boasting nodding, lily-shaped, bright yellow flowers, one per stem, in mid spring. Each blossom features elegantly reflexed petals, often brushed with purple on the outside, and brownish-yellow anthers.

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Erythronium californicum 'White Beauty' (Fawn Lily)

Award-winning Erythronium californicum 'White Beauty' (Fawn Lily) is a vigorous perennial boasting up to 10 graceful, creamy-white flowers per stem in mid to late spring. Relatively large, each blossom, 2 in. across (5 cm), features elegantly recurved, pointed petals and cinnamon-orange markings in the throat.

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Erythronium dens-canis 'Japonicum' (Dog's Tooth Violet)

Erythronium dens-canis 'Japonicum' (Dog's Tooth Violet) is a charming perennial boasting graceful, nodding, violet flowers, one per stem, in mid-late spring. Each blossom features elegantly reflexed petals adorned with dark purple markings in the throat.

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Erythronium dens-canis 'Lilac Wonder' (Dog's Tooth Violet)

Award-winning Erythronium dens-canis 'Lilac Wonder' (Dog's Tooth Violet) is a charming perennial boasting elegant, nodding, lilac-pink flowers, one per stem, in mid-late spring. Each blossom features gracefully recurved, pointed petals adorned with contrasting chocolate brown markings in the throat.

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Erythronium dens-canis 'Purple King' (Dog's Tooth Violet)

Erythronium dens-canis 'Purple King' (Dog's Tooth Violet) is a charming perennial boasting elegant, nodding, mauve-pink flowers, one per stem, in mid-late spring. Each blossom, 2 in. across (5 cm), features gracefully recurved, pointed petals adorned with yellow markings in the throat.

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Erythronium dens-canis 'Rose Queen' (Dog's Tooth Violet)

Erythronium dens-canis 'Rose Queen' (Dog's Tooth Violet) is a charming perennial boasting elegant, nodding, rose-pink flowers, one per stem, in mid-late spring. Each blossom, 2 in. across (5 cm), features gracefully recurved, pointed petals adorned with yellow markings in the throat.

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Erythronium dens-canis 'Snowflake' (Dog's Tooth Violet)

Erythronium dens-canis 'Snowflake' (Dog's Tooth Violet) is a charming perennial boasting elegant, nodding, white flowers, one per stem, in mid-late spring. Each blossom, 2 in. across (5 cm), features gracefully recurved, pointed petals adorned with contrasting markings in the throat.

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Erythronium dens-canis (Dog's Tooth Violet)

Erythronium dens-canis (Dog's Tooth Violet) is a charming perennial boasting elegant, nodding, mauve-pink flowers, one per stem, in mid spring. Relatively large, each blossom, 2 in. across (5 cm), features gracefully recurved, pointed petals adorned with contrasting cinnamon-brown and yellow markings in the throat.

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Erythronium japonicum (Asian Fawn Lily)

Erythronium japonicum (Asian Fawn Lily) is a charming perennial boasting elegant, nodding, lilac-pink flowers, one per stem, in mid to late spring. Each blossom features gracefully reflexed petals adorned with contrasting deep burgundy markings in the throat.

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Erythronium revolutum (Mahogany Fawn Lily)

Erythronium revolutum (Mahogany Fawn Lily) is a charming tuberous perennial boasting up to 4 elegant, nodding, pale to deep pink flowers per stem in mid to late spring. Each blossom features gracefully reflexed petals adorned with contrasting yellow markings in the throat.

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Erythronium tuolumnense (Tuolumne Dog Tooth Violet)

Erythronium tuolumnense (Tuolumne Dog Tooth Violet) is a robust perennial boasting up to 10 nodding, bright yellow flowers per stem in mid-late spring. Each blossom, 1.5 in. across (4 cm), features elegantly recurved, pointed petals and deep yellow anthers.

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Galanthus 'Atkinsii' (Snowdrop)

Very early and vigorous, award-winning Galanthus 'Atkinsii' is a distinctive and great garden Snowdrop. It produces nodding white flowers with long and slender outer petals which nicely enclose inner petals bearing a prominent green heart-shaped mark at their tips.

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Galanthus 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' (Snowdrop)

Noted for its strong garden performance, Galanthus 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' produces fully double, nodding white flowers, 1 in. wide (2.5 cm), with small green teardrops at the tips of their inner petals. Forming a tightly packed rosette, the long, narrow outer petals nicely enclose the wider inner petals which resemble many layered petticoats.

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Galanthus 'Magnet' (Snowdrop)

Noted for its vigor, health and beauty, Galanthus 'Magnet' is still incredibly popular a century after its introduction. Borne on slender, unusually long, arching pedicels, large, nodding white flowers swing gracefully in the wind in late winter - early spring. Their outer petals are twice as long as their inner petals which display conspicuous, v-shaped, green markings at their tips.

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