Companion Planting for Roses
Find out which plants work well with roses and get advice and garden tool tips from Sonia Uyterhoeven, expert gardener at The New York Botanical Garden.
Scented geraniums (Pelargonium), rue (Ruta), feverfew (Tanacetum), 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).
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.
Companion shown here: marigolds
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