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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!

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Adiantum raddianum (Delta Maidenhair)

Elegant and fast growing, Adiantum raddianum (Delta Maidenhair) is a tufted evergreen fern with smooth, purplish-black stalks bearing triangular, 3-pinnate, lacy fronds composed of rounded, fan-shaped segments. Emerging light green, they darken with age and can reach 18 in. in length (45 cm). Popular as houseplant, it is long lived if it receives sufficient humidity and is not exposed to drafts.

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Adiantum venustum (Himalayan Maidenhair)

Incredibly attractive, Adiantum venustum (Himalayan Maidenhair) is a deciduous fern, almost evergreen in mild areas, with broadly triangular fronds composed of many small fan-shaped segments. Emerging in late winter to early spring, the new fronds display a charming salmon flush before maturing to fresh spring green.

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Ajuga Feathered Friends™ 'Cordial Canary' (Carpet Bugle)

Ajuga Feathered Friends™ 'Cordial Canary' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous evergreen perennial prized for its brilliant gold foliage, which quickly forms a dense carpet of attractive rosettes. In spring and summer, the foliage is topped with pretty cobalt-blue flower spikes. Carpet Bugle is valued as a wonderful spreader making a colorful groundcover that remains attractive most of the year.

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Ajuga Feathered Friends™ 'Fancy Finch' (Carpet Bugle)

Ajuga Feathered Friends™ 'Fancy Finch' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous evergreen perennial prized for its small, tri-colored leaves, which quickly form a dense carpet of attractive rosettes. In spring and summer, the foliage of gold, bronze and green leaves is topped with pretty cobalt-blue flower spikes. Carpet Bugle is valued as a wonderful spreader making a colorful groundcover that remains attractive most of the year.

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Ajuga Feathered Friends™ 'Parrot Paradise' (Carpet Bugle)

Ajuga Feathered Friends™ 'Parrot Paradise' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous evergreen perennial prized for its stunning tri-color leaves, which quickly form a dense carpet of attractive rosettes. In spring, the foliage of gold, orange, and red leaves is topped with pretty cobalt-blue flower spikes. Carpet Bugle is valued as a wonderful spreader making a colorful groundcover that remains attractive most of the year.

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Ajuga Feathered Friends™ 'Petite Parakeet' (Carpet Bugle)

Ajuga Feathered Friends™ 'Petite Parakeet' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous evergreen perennial prized for its buff colored small leaves adorned with orange central veins, which quickly form a dense carpet of attractive rosettes. In spring and summer, the foliage is topped with pretty cobalt-blue flower spikes. Carpet Bugle is valued as a wonderful spreader making a colorful groundcover that remains attractive most of the year.

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Ajuga Feathered Friends™ 'Tropical Toucan' (Carpet Bugle)

Ajuga Feathered Friends™ 'Tropical Toucan' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous evergreen perennial prized for its large, brilliant gold leaves, which quickly form a dense carpet of attractive rosettes. In spring and summer, the foliage is topped with pretty cobalt-blue flower spikes. Carpet Bugle is valued as a wonderful spreader making a colorful groundcover that remains attractive most of the year.

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Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' (Carpet Bugle)

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' (Carpet Bugle) is a creeping perennial prized for its short spikes of fragrant, deep blue flowers and very glossy, near-black, scalloped leaves. Blooming in late spring to early summer, the flowers rise above the contrasting, spreading rosettes formed by the leaves, putting on an eye-catching display.

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Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin' (Carpet Bugle)

Fast growing, Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous evergreen perennial prized for its blueberry-blue flowers and thick leaves, which quickly form a dense mat of attractive rosettes. Emerging with a bronze flush in mid-spring, the small but weather resistant, green leaves contrast nicely with the lavender-blue flower spikes

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Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Carpet Bugle)

Fast growing, Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous perennial prized for its rich blue flowers and contrasting bronze-tinged leaves, which quickly form a dense mat of attractive rosettes. Ajuga reptans is valued as a wonderful spreader making a colorful groundcover, which will thrive in shady areas where grass has difficulty growing.

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Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Carpet Bugle)

Noted for its wonderful tricolored foliage, Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Carpet Bugle) is a popular low-growing perennial prized for its short spikes of pretty blue flowers and contrasting creamy-white, rose-burgundy, and dark green foliage. Spreading more slowly than many other varieties, 'Burgundy Glow' will form over time a thick mat of attractive, lustrous rosettes.

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Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant' (Carpet Bugle)

Award-winning Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant' (Carpet Bugle) is an evergreen perennial prized for its large, glossy purplish-bronze leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), which quickly form a dense mat of attractive rosettes.

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Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip' (Carpet Bugle)

Noted for its extremely dwarf habit and chocolate foliage, Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip' (Carpet Bugle) is a ground-hugging perennial prized for its bluish-purple flower spikes on display in mid to late spring. The blossoms rise slightly above the foliage of tiny, glossy, oval leaves which are chocolate with burgundy highlights.

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Ajuga tenorei Princess Nadia (Bugle)

Ajuga tenorei Princess Nadia (Bugle) is a ground-hugging, evergreen perennial prized for its variegated foliage, which quickly forms a dense carpet of attractive rosettes. Emerging rosy-pink, the small leaves mature to green with creamy margins. Blooming in spring and again in late summer, dense, upright spikes of deep blue-purple flower spikes appear above the foliage. More compact than its commonly grown cousin (A. reptans), this Ajuga variety is valued as a colorful groundcover that remains attractive most of the year.

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Alchemilla erythropoda (Dwarf Lady's Mantle)

Tough and long-lived, award-winner Alchemilla erythropoda (Dwarf Lady's Mantle) is a low-growing perennial forming a dense mound of rounded, softly hairy, bluish-green leaves adorned with sharply toothed lobes.

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