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.
Hiding Their Legs
While the tops of roses are nice and lush, the bottoms can become leggy and sparse. Good companions are those that hide their bare legs.
Traditionally, lavender (Lavandula), catmint (Nepeta), lady's mantle (Alchemilla), and tall growing pinks (Dianthus) all make useful partners.
Good companions also act as living mulches -- suppressing weeds and lightly shading the soil, keeping their roots nice and cool.
Companion shown here: catmint