What Kinds Of Perenials Can I Grow Under A Tree Rose In A Container - Knowledgebase Question

Portland, OR
Question by therhodens
April 3, 2001
I have just planted a 36" "iceberg" tree rose in a 16" diameter wide and 13" tall pot, can you tell me if this pot is big enough?
I want to grow some perenials in the same pot to accent the tree rose but don't know what to plant. I know that I need to plant something that have shorter roots so they don't compete with the rose, but how do I find out if the perenials I like have short roots? I have planted trailing rosemary, I heard it is good for the rose too, can you suggest other plants that will look great with the tree rose?

Answer from NGA
April 3, 2001


First off, the container will be fine for a year or two, but you'll eventually want to provide a 3 to 5 gallon pot for your tree rose. Roses need lots of root room. Here are suggestions for good rose companions: Achillea clavennae (Silver yarrow), Armeria maritima (Sea pink), Aurinia saxatilis (Basket-of-Gold), Campanula (Bellflower), Dianthus (Sweet William), Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft), Verbena, Lobelia, Petunia, Zinnia elegans, Chamomile, Fennel, Lavender, Parsley, Rosemary or Sage.

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