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Good companion plants for Rose

As rose bushes often become a little leggy at the base, good companion plants are often ones that can grow at the base of the rose to camouflage this. They often have a secondary role in keeping heat away and act as a type of living mulch. Companion plants should be selected that enjoy the same growing conditions and don’t compete for nutrients too aggressively. In addition, many companion plants attract parasitic wasps and hoverflies which keep aphids in check.

  • Lavender is a great planting companion for Rose

    Grow at the base of the rose bush, and thus can help camouflage blemishes. Can also create quite nice contrasting colours depending on the variety grown.

  • Catmint is a great planting companion for Rose

    Catmint can help to disguise bare rose "legs" by growing around the base of the plant.

  • Verbena Rose

    Enjoys the same growing conditions as rose and doesn't tend to compete for nutrients and space.

  • Thyme Rose

    The aromatic nature of Thyme can help to keep Japanese beetles and aphids at bay.

  • Scented geranium is a great planting companion for Rose

    Good aromatic companion for keeping pests away from Roses.

  • French marigold Rose

    Marigolds help deter pests and can also help encourage growth.

  • Common yarrow Rose

    Yarrow helps to attract ladybugs, which can be helpful in keeping aphids away.

  • Chives is a great planting companion for Rose

    deters funguses

  • Hardy geranium is a great planting companion for Rose

    attracts beneficial insects and camoflages bare rose legs

  • Hellebore Rose

    provides winter and early spring interest and groundcover

  • Common rue is a great planting companion for Rose

    deters japanese beetle

  • Anise hyssop is a great planting companion for Rose

    attracts beneficial insects to keep aphids in check

  • Curly leaf parsley is a great planting companion for Rose

    attracts hoverflies and parasitic wasps which kill aphids

  • Sweet Alyssum is a great planting companion for Rose

    attracts and feeds hoverflies whose larvae eat aphids

  • Drumstick allium is a great planting companion for Rose

    Flowering Alliums attract beneficial insects, deter aphids, help reduce blackspot, and look good in a rose garden.

  • Tomato is a great planting companion for Rose

    helps prevent blackspot

Repellent plants for Rose

These plants will not tend to grow well with Rose - they could stunt or inhibit growth.

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