The Q&A Archives: What can I grow with my roses

Question: I have a beautiful rose garden.... but I hate how there is so much dirt between the bushes. Is there some type of plant, bulb, herb, perennial, annual, etc. that I can grow with them to make my rose garden a beautiful sight year round? Obviously it's got full sun, with shade in the early-mid morning. Help

Answer: For maximum color impact, you can pair roses with annuals or perennials. Other ornamentals can help hide the roses' "ugly legs" and give the garden a filled-in look.

Low plants to grow beneath roses include Agapanthus (dwarf), arabis, basket-of-gold, brachyscome, campanula, candytuft, catmint, coreopsis, dianthus, dusty miller, erigeron, feverfew, geraniums (species types), heuchera, lamb's ears, licorice plant, nemesia, scabiosa, sweet alyssum, thyme, verbena (ground-cover types), yarrow.

Tall or spiky plants for contrast: Alstroemeria, bearded iris, canna, delphinium, Verbena bonariensis.

Shrubby or clumping partners: Japanese barberry (with red or gold foliage), lavender, ornamental grasses, Russian sage, santolina, summer phlox, Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'.

Best wishes with your garden!

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