companion shrubs with roses
My border is 27 feet long and 7 1/2 feet wide. A path runs down its length and a raised patio and my house borders its back. I have planted six David Austin shrub roses, spaced out, and am looking for shrubs which will look good with them. At the moment we have a variety of herbaceous perennials, but my problem is a family of wild rabbits, who I have no intention of killing, and who love to eat any new shoots coming through. They have been doing this for years, and I am finally fed up! Any suggestions for good rabbit-proof shrubs which will look good with the established roses? The roses are Lichfield Angel (apricot/white), Graham Thomas (yellow), Pat Austin (copper), England's Rose (pale pink)and Brother Cadfael (pink)and as a climber, Abraham Darby (apricot). Many thanks for any help you can give. I live in southern England, and my climate is temperate.