The Q&A Archives: Shrubs for Border Around Rose Garden

Question: Can you suggest a low-growing shrub (or one that can be kept pruned to 12-18 inches) to be used as a border for a rose garden? Evergreen is preferred but not necessary.

Answer: If you're bordering rose beds, try to choose a plant that will do well under the same conditions - full sunshine, ample moisture in the summer. Have you considered lavender? It's not evergreen, but is well-behaved and quite fragrant. The leaves are gray-green and dull; a nice contrast to the red-green glossy rose leaves. Other suggestions include Boxwood (Buxus), Escallonia, Junipers and Heather. Both Escallonia and Heather bloom, but their flowers are quite different from roses - and we all know that roses like to be the center of attention!

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