Saturday, January 28, 2012

4 - Companions

When you start growing roses, you may start by just growing roses.  Their blooms are so beautiful, they are pretty just by themselves.  But one day you may realize that they would be complimented by some companion plantings.  So, today I'm going to tell you my favorite four companion plantings for roses.  They made the cut mostly due to their long bloom time, but also their shades of purple or blue that compliments any color of rose you may have.

Salvia with Sunsprite
Salvia
I have several different types of salvia, and I love them all.  They weave themselves in between the roses, and they make a beautiful pair.



Catmint with Mutabilis
Catmint (Nepeta)
Not only is catmint a great companion to roses, it has beautiful foliage, too.




Scabiosa with Belle de Crecy
Scabiosa
This plant is still blooming in my garden!  Any plant that blooms in the spring and is still blooming the next January has to be a favorite!  Of course, mine took a little break when the high heat and drought hit us this past summer, but started back up when the roses started blooming again.  Now, that's a great companion!




Asters with Cupcake
Asters
Like salvia, there are several types of asters, and I love them all.  What a nice backdrop to any rose's portrait.

I hope you enjoyed a look at some possible companion plantings for roses.  I bet if you plant these with your roses, they may become a favorite of yours, too.

46 comments:

  1. I will most likely never like roses, but I really like your second and third pairings.

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    1. Not like roses? I felt that way until I started growing them!

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  2. Some wonderful pairings. I started out with just a rose garden but soon added flowers to grow around them too. I hated to see the space go to waste mostly. LOL!

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    1. haha - I started out the same way, but loved seeing pictures of roses set off with companion plantings. I am trying to fill up all the space, though - I hope it cuts down on weeds!

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  3. I like catmint as a companion or by itself. It is one of my favorite plants, and the butterflies and bees love it. I may try some of these other ideas around my roses...they add more interest around the bare bottom. I do plant chives around my roses to help to deter pests which works rather well, too.

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    1. Some roses need a little help hiding their bare legs. I've never tried chives, but I bet they are beautiful together.

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  4. I've recently planted some new roses, and was wondering what to plant with them. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. If your roses are new, just be sure to give them plenty of space to grow! I hope your garden turns out just the way you envision it.

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  5. Love the Salvia and roses combo! I have 'Cordona' and 'May Night' Salvia near the feet of 'Teasing Georgia' roses, (dark purple, creamy yellow) and you are so right, a beautiful couple!

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    1. Salvias are a great companion to just about anything, I think. I love not only their color, but their spiky contrast to the round rose blossoms.

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  6. Those are all winners. I really love the Aster with the Cupcake, a beautiful combination!

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    1. Who would have thought the combination of purple and pick would look so good!

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  7. I so much prefer roses planted with companions and you have some very pretty groupings.

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  8. I just loved all the pairings. They all work so well together! One day I might try to grow some Roses, but for now I'll just enjoy your great photos.

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    1. I didn't know roses would do so well here, but once I tried them and realized how they like my soil and my climate, I was hooked!

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  9. I like your rose companion choices, especially the asters with the 'Cupcake' rose. I have artemesia growing beneath some of my roses, and this year I planted garlic around one rose just to see if it will help deter aphids. If it doesn't, I can always eat the garlic!

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    1. I love artemesia with roses, too. Its lacy foliage gives a sense of the roses blooming above a cloud. I hope you will report your findings on the garlic/aphid experiment.

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  10. Nice post. Your color combinations are very pretty. I always have loved the way salvia and nepeta complement roses and I especially like your combination of the asters along with the rose...just right!

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    1. I had always heard of planting nepeta with roses, but until I tried it myself I didn't realize how charming the combination would be!

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  11. Blue flowers - how I love them! They look great with your roses!

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    1. I think everything goes with blue flowers!

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  12. Gode billeder.
    Smukke blomster.
    Tak for kigget.

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  13. I'm guilty. Lots of roses and few companions. Thanks for some wonderful suggestions.

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    1. I have lots of roses and lots of companions! I just love a full garden, and this way I get to try lots of new plants!

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  14. Lovely companions all are my favorite...I have some unusual companions planted with the few roses I have...I find roses look so nice interspersed in my garden among the perennials...

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    1. Every garden should have a rose or two. Sometimes the rose is the companion, and I think they could go with just about anything!

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  15. For the fall, the Mutabalis with the asters also make a great combination. Although the asters sometimes upstage their larger friends.

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    1. Yes, when the asters are in full bloom, it's hard to keep your eyes off them, isn't it?

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  16. I like your choices; out here in the arid, wild west, some of those and other relatives work nicely. (and roses often thrive in an oasis zone...no disease probs) I recall a garden tour when xeriscape became more embraced here...I suggest it be named "roses and sage", as a play on suitable companions, as well as sage meaning different plants with "sage" in the name! Companions...yes.

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  17. Roses and sage - I think that would look nice. Especially sages with grey foliage. That would really set off the roses beautifully.

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  18. Salvia just looks great with anything, I think! The purple-blue of that one offsets the yellow of the rose so beautifully!

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    1. I think it does, too. It's one of my favorite things to just add that extra bit of interest.

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  19. I share a tall blue sage, and 2 different Scabiosa. Pruned roses look so sad all alone.

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    1. haha - You're right - pruned roses are not the most glamorous thing!

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  20. Very interesting Holley, I've been researching this very topic for my new garden bed and was on your site yesterday reading a previous post on the same subject. I've learn plenty from you, thanks :)

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    1. That is so very sweet to say! I appreciate that. It has been so much fun going back and looking at the rose pictures. I sure do miss their blooms.

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  21. Salvia is one of those plants that I haven't had good luck with... Hoping the one I planted makes it through the winter!

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    1. Sorry to hear that. I love salvias, but you can probably find that blue spiky feature in other plants that will work better for you. Good luck with the one you have. Maybe this one will be the key!

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  22. Thanks for a beautiful and helpful post. I like your companions. I had no idea how long blooming scabiosa is. It is definitely on my list now!

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    1. I was amazed how long scabiosa blooms, too. I started with just one clump, but after seeing its long performance in the garden, I have added numerous clumps to my garden - and they are all still blooming!

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  23. I love the Salvia with the Sunsprite! The colours are what attracts me! Just lovely!

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    1. That was a nice combination to see. My combinations are generally accidental, so it gives me even more pleasure when they work out!

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  24. I just bought Purple Savia with black stems (another good combination) will plant it in frount of my yellow Sun Brite, a gift (from my daughter Debbie) in my new "Room" When we finished my path I have more space to plant than I thought. I will plant Lavender on both sides of my bench. Both are evergreen after you wrote a blog page about evergreens I have made sure I buy more plants that are evergreen. Thank you for your blog love it

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    1. That combination of salvia with your yellow rose sounds wonderful. And I love lavender! It sounds like a wonderful plan. It will smell so wonderful!

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