Rose Buddies!

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Any visitor to Sissinghurst Garden in Kent, the legendary home of Vita Sackville-West, will quickly realise that the idea that roses can only be grown in sterile single species beds is simply untrue. There are many beautiful but easy-going herbaceous perennials and low shrubs that lend themselves well to planting alongside roses to soften and add interest.

Here we list some great plants that can be used to enhance your roses.

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’
Lovely feathery silver foliage. A really ornamental addition to the garden.

Campanula poscharskyana
Great ground cover plant with attractive blue bell flowers.

Dianthus ‘Tickled Pink’
Garden pinks associate well with roses, their scented flowers enhancing that of roses.

Sedum ‘Rose Carpet’
Low growing and even lower maintenance, later season colour. Beloved by bees!

Geranium ‘Brookside’
‘Tough as old boots’, this geranium will reflower later in the season if chopped back to the ground immediately after it blooms.

Geranium ‘Max Frei’
Lovely little plant perfect for growing under roses.

Lavender Hidcote
Quintessential compact English Lavender. The fragrance of lavender combines beautifully with the scent of roses to capture the essence of summer.

Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’
Ideal for growing in swathes along the edge of a rose bed to give a cottage garden feel.

Osteospermum compactum
Perfect partner in a dry sunny rose bed, they flower for months.

Salvia ‘East Friesland’
Beautiful but tough perennial combines well with roses.

Stachys byzantina ‘Big Ears’
Attractive mats of soft silver foliage. Otherwise known as Lambs Ears - these are an old favourite.

Alchemilla mollis
This enchanting plant has beautiful emerald foliage and yellow-green flowers which capture the morning dew, giving a subtle backdrop to roses.


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