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companion shrubs with roses

Posted by barb100 UK (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 6, 07 at 8:44

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.


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RE: companion shrubs with roses

Lavenders.


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RE: companion shrubs with roses

I would like to see Lichfield Angel photo, it is hard to find anything other than the official photograpy, and some experience with growing this cultivar or comparison with similar cultivars.


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RE: companion shrubs with roses

yep, lavender or nepeta. I have lavender with mine, but I have nepeta everywhere to defend my garden from bunnies and deer.

Cameron (I have a photo of my roses and lavender on my lavender blog in July --link from My Page).


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