Companion Planting
For Roses

What To Plant With Roses

Companion planting for roses guide, roses companion plant combintions in mixed beds and borders, that's what this page is all about.

When using roses in mixed beds and borders, It's best to plant only repeat-flowering roses. This will give you the best result.

Make sure the roses have at least 3 flower flushes per season.

In my garden in Los Angeles California, the white Iceberg roses are constant bloomers for 9 months, so they are always in my flowerbeds.

You should combine roses with perennials that have small flowers and contrasting form to keep them company.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of perennials that like the same conditions as roses, lots of sun and well-drained soil.

Another benefit I like about rose companion planting is they serve as living mulch, shading the soil to keep it cool and moister, which roses really enjoy.

roses and perennials

Roses Growing With Perennials

Companion Planting Guide

Here are some general guidelines for companion planting for roses that you should follow, and some plant combinations you might consider before you begin to design your flower garden.

Consider plants with contrasting foilage or form and complimentary colors thay look good together.

Since roses are usually rounded, vase-shaped, shrubby or bushy, consider planting them with upright, spiky, even grassy plants, rather than with other shrubs.

White, soft yellow, blue and ppurple perennials look great with almost every rose color, except for bright red rose varieties.

Clematis and Rose Combination

roses and clematis

Clematis is one of my favorite companion plants for roses, and I use them a lot with my roses.

Here is a qoute from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Poet Laureate of England, written by him over 150 years ago."Rose, rose and clematis, Trail and twine, Clasp and kiss".

The Englis gardeners have long been planting roses and clematises together. I think it's about time more gardeners in the USA start doing it.

Clematis are relatively disease free, and many color combinations make the rose and the clematis ideal companions.

They both like the same soil, nutrients, and water.

The clematis should be planted one foot away from the rose, but in a spot where the roots will be shaded. Clematis need cool soil.

You will be happy to watch it climb up and through the rose. Very Pretty.

Clematis vines are mostly planted with climbing roses, but I find the smaller clematis varieties are wonderful with regular rose bushes.

Beneficial Rose Companions

For years, gardeners have found that many plants have a beneficial effect on roses.

These are plants that help ptotect roses from the infestation of pests and diseases.

For example, the perennial herb Rue, Ruta graveolens is considered to be an insect repellant, and is especially effective against Japanese beetles.

Geranium Pelargonium is said to have the same effect.

Marigold tagetes plants, when having grown for several seasons in the same spot prior to planting your roses, discourage root-knot nematodes (hello Florida gardeners).

All the plants from the Allium family are known to protect roses from aphids, spidermites, blackspot and powdery mildew.

Garlic and onions have been planted for many years in the field of damask roses around Kazanlik Bulgaria, where the roses are grown for perfume production.

The alliums increase the fragrance of the roses and produce more concentrated essential oils that are used when making perfumes.

So these are companion planting for roses plants that you should consider planting with your roses.


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