Companion plants for roses???

putri.mMay 14, 2010

What are good companion plants for roses in partial shade?

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iris_gal(z9 CA)


    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 9:35PM
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Does anyone know any herb that would be good companions for roses? Thanks~~~

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 12:59AM
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lisa33(6b Bucks County PA)

Lavender is a classic companion for roses.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2010 at 8:38PM
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I planted some pink and blush Knockout roses this spring in a bed that gets about 5-6 hrs of sun and they are looking great with catmint and meadow sage, both herbs. The blue/purple tones are beautiful with the pinks.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2010 at 2:57PM
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ltcollins1949(9a TX)

Members of the onion family such as chives, ornamental alliums, and edible onions, are rumored to increase the perfume of roses, ward off aphids, and prevent black spot.

Herbs and other aromatic plants make wonderful rose companions. Scented geraniums (Pelargonium), rue (Ruta), feverfew (T anacetum), parsley (Petroselinum), and thyme (Thymus) all may help ward off Japanese beetles and aphids. Marigolds (Tagetes) may also repel pests and encourage growth. Try ornamental and culinary sage (Salvia), anise-hyssop (Agastache), Russian-sage (Perovskia), lavender (Lavandula), yarrow (Achillea), oregano (Origanum), catmint (Nepeta) and calamint (Calamintha). Oddly enough, tomatoes allegedly prevent black spot, but not many people will be inclined to combine roses and tomatoes. Lavender (Lavandula) and catmint (Nepeta) are good at keeping rabbits away. Four-o clocks (Mirabilis) and larkspur (Consolida) are said to act as decoys by attracting rose-loving Japanese beetles to eat their poisonous leaves. Yarrow (Achillea) may attract ladybugs who in turn feed on aphids.

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    Bookmark   July 13, 2010 at 11:43AM
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We have rosemary, basil, and sage near our roses. They seem to do great. Especially the basil. I don't know if they are traditional companions, but work for us.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2010 at 10:07PM
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For yellow, orange (or orange-toned) roses I really like ornamental (still great-tasting) golden oregano. Great scrambler and good at covering legs.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 4:03PM
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In Florida I love Salvia farinacea aka Mealycup sage aka Victoria Blue. It's a soft plant, non-invasive, doesn't get huge, comes back after winter freezes, reblooms after it flops and is cut back, is the most gorgeous silvery blue or purple (starts out purple), and is the perfect height to stand up among your roses. We have so few blue flowers here. I just have to find a way to keep them upright. Shouldn't be too hard.


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    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 12:27PM
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I usually plant daffodils under the roses, and society garlic between them. The daffodils just to have more blooming in the same space, and the society garlic fends off pests without sending up huge flower spikes...

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 2:50AM
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Oh, how could I forget? Daylilies are very dramatic with roses and give the roses a run for their money in the "who's more beautiful" competition. They also take the pressure off the roses to be beautiful ALL the time which, of course, we know they're not. I don't use daylilies with contrasting eyes - too busy with my mostly pastel roses.


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    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 9:11PM
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I've got a south western exposure with pink climbing Hybrid Tea "Orchid Masterpiece" companioned with a Jackmanii clematis in mostly sun (5 hrs) and partial shade. The two are doing well. Some say rose and clematis are the classic companions. Just an observation about the aspect:
Any less direct sun shine time and the rose won't bloom and any more direct sun on that clematis and the flower color would look faded.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 8:18PM
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whirl(6 Ohio)

Cerastium tomentosum (snow-in-summer) is a nice gray groundcover for areas close to rose bushes. It blooms white in spring for a few weeks. I have some in an area that gets only morning sun and it does quite well. In fact, you might need to keep it in bounds!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 2:56PM
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There are some that say roses are the "monarchs" of the garden and roses don't really like to share space with anything other.
Clematis & roses however are I believe made for classic companionship. There's not a view as stunning as the climbing rose with any clematis intertwined.
Mulch the rose and shade the clematis root.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 9:43PM
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The Allium family like onions and chive is the top of the list in companion plant for roses for they are pest and disease deterrents. Although you can plant some marigold and lavender. On the herbs side, thyme and parsley are perfect for roses, too.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 11:27AM
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I also love snow in summer
and I also plant mother of thyme around my roses that get full sun, I try and plant my companion plants that need little water with roses that are also water wise. I live near Oakland California and we get 3-4 months of drought every year, and temps are usually in summer in the 80'sF.
I only water my Old Garden Tea roses:
Duchess de Brabant
Mrs Dudley Cross
Monsieur Tillier
Mme. Alfred Carrier (TeaxNoisette rose)
and my Noisette Catos Cluster
once a month to once every two months during summer drought, so I've planted snow in summer and mother of thyme around those roses.
Because these roses bloom well in partial shade, and because it is cooler and the moisture doesnt evaporate as fast I plant violets there and only in partial shade by
Lavender Dream
Rosa moschata


    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 8:14PM
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