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.
Enjoyable Growing Conditions
Good companions should enjoy the same growing conditions but not compete too aggressively with the roses. Roses do best in full sun and well-drained soil, and so should their companions. Plants that are too aggressive may crowd the roses and absorb too much water and nutrients from the soil.
Many sun-loving annuals such as heliotropes (Heliotropium), summer-snapdragon (Angelonia), lantana (Lantana), verbena (Verbena), and million bells petunia (Calibrachoa) hold up well throughout the summer and fill the space among roses nicely.
Companion shown here: lantana
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