Companion plants for roses

Companion plants for roses

Being the ultimate in flowerdom, roses can be paired with many plant species, and each pairing creates unique harmonious ensembles.

Choose your pick!

Climbing along a pergola, standing proudly alone like a king in the lawn, or covering the ground in a flower bed, roses are the VIPs of any garden.

But, very often, these stars are lonely and live a life aloof from that of other plants, since we don’t often think of pairing them with other species.

Alas, what a shame! It is time to correct this slight, since staging colors and volumes is truly the best way to highlight their beauty.

Companion plants for roses, the best flowers and plants

Ground-covering and shrub roses seem to make their debut every year when accompanied by light-blooming plants: lavender, gypsophila, beeblossoms, Russian sage, perennial geraniums, bellflowers… And also with the tiny flowers of herbs and spices such as rosemary, thyme or sage. Each will add a graceful touch and harmoniously fit into empty spots. Choose according the color of your roses: pair blue flowers to pink roses, white flowers to yellow roses… Romance guaranteed!

Companion plants for roseDon’t forget boxwood and wild privet: their evergreen leafage and varied shapes will bring life to your flower beds all year long, and having them as a backdrop to the rose trees will give you a very “castle-like” atmosphere! You can set up the stage for a magnificent bush rose tree, planting around it a square of trimmed low-lying boxwood shrubs.

If you’re looking to create a more modern and graphical impact, choose from a range of grasses and add color with spring bulbs (tulips, narcissus) and ornamental onion which has mauve pompoms that perfectly play ball with the pink roses.

Climbing and rambler roses can also benefit from the supporting presence of a clematis, or also from the prairie-fresh touch of sweet peas or oceanblue morning glory.

Hardy and spectacular

If you’re a fan of English roses, with their large very fragrant blossoms, choose from the marvels of creator David Austin. Try the “William Shakespeare 2000” which has sumptuous crimson red double flowers that slide to deep purple. Or the “Evelyn” variety, one of the most fragrant, which blooms in peachy hues. “The Generous Gardener” is another of his double-flowered rose trees where each rose opens up to reveal countless stamens. As many options to prepare a season full of magnificent bouquets!

Laure Hamann

Images: own work: Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois; shutterstock: Yulia Romaniy