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Jun 6, 2020 7:45 AM CST
Pennsylvania
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I made a new garden this year(still working on it) with walls around it for the deer. I intend it to be a rose garden and so I've purchased some small rose bushes as shown in the pic (mostly around the perimeter). I have them spaced to allow for growth. I always plant annuals in my newly established perennial gardens to fill in the blank spaces until the perennials grow and take over. I start my perennials from seed so it takes about 2 years to really fill in.
I am new to rose gardening so my question is, what annuals can I plant that will not alter the soil to the dislike of roses? Maybe the answer is anything, but I figured I'd ask since I know roses can be finicky and I'm just starting out. I know what self shows (and therefore to avoid...trial and error taught me that). I'm strictly asking about soil health. Thanks!
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Jun 6, 2020 5:37 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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I grow petunias in my rose pots all the time. The roses don't mind a bit.
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Jun 6, 2020 6:13 PM CST
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
I can't imagine any companion plant that would adversely affect rose growth.
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Jun 6, 2020 6:33 PM CST
Pennsylvania
jerijen said:I can't imagine any companion plant that would adversely affect rose growth.


I just thought they were picky. If they don't care, all the better for me! Thanks!
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Jun 6, 2020 9:27 PM CST
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
I'd like to know what roses you planted. Climbers would look great on your fences. A fence without a climber just seems like a wasted opportunity to me! Smiling
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Jun 7, 2020 6:50 AM CST
Pennsylvania
vaporvac said:I'd like to know what roses you planted. Climbers would look great on your fences. A fence without a climber just seems like a wasted opportunity to me! Smiling


I agree! I got some iceberg climbing and some cupid's kisses climbing. Everything on the perimeter is climbing except in the corners.
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Jun 7, 2020 12:18 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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But if the roses are on the fences they are available to the deer...
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Jun 7, 2020 1:05 PM CST
Pennsylvania
porkpal said:But if the roses are on the fences they are available to the deer...


They can trim them for me, so long as they can't get the whole plant, I figure I'll be fine. Rose's should be trained on front NOT through when their climbers so they will just as easily be able to stick their mouths in and eat shrubs as they would climbers, at least I imagine. I've been battling deer for years. I had to move my vegetable garden to a balcony because theyd tear through or jump over anything else. Its trial and error.
Again, just worried about the soil. I know when it comes to vegetables some beds need to be rotated and I just didn't know if certain plants would zap the nutrients or change PH.
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