Us­ing roses with other plants in the gar­den

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The method of grow­ing roses to­gether in big groups of­ten doesn’t do them jus­tice. Dis­ease can spread quickly, there are long pe­ri­ods with­out colour, and there's noth­ing to hide their ‘ugly legs’! A far more at­trac­tive ap­proach is to mix them with herba­ceous peren­ni­als to cre­ate lay­ers of colour in the gar­den. Hardy gera­nium ‘Rozanne’ is made for grow­ing with roses. It flow­ers from May un­til Oc­to­ber and will sprawl un­der­neath your roses to cover the ground. Bees love it, too.

Also try the up­right peren­nial Sisy­rinchium stria­tum, which pro­duces un­usual spikes of soft yel­low flow­ers in sum­mer above sword-shaped leaves and will gently spread it­self through a bor­der by seed in any but the heav­i­est soil.

As long as the soil isn’t heavy clay, you can plant low-grow­ing laven­ders such as La­van­dula an­gus­ti­fo­lia ‘Rosea’ (pink) and ‘Hid­cote’ (pur­ple) around your roses to cre­ate a beau­ti­fully fra­grant, bee-filled scene. Plant them on a mound and add a good hand­ful of grit and com­post to each hole when you plant. Trim them af­ter flow­er­ing eache year to keep them bushy.

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