What can I grow with my roses - Knowledgebase Question

Anaheim Hills, CA
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Question by joannsellsre
June 1, 2007
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 from NGA
June 1, 2007
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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