Babies Breath Alternative????

timberohio(6)June 25, 2008

I know there are a lot of posts for companion plants for roses. I was really wanting to plant Babies Breath at the base of my rose so it would look like a planted bouquet. Well after reading how invasive of a weed it is I have nixed that idea.

Is there anything like Babies Breath, small white flowers, not a lot of foliage that only gets about 2 to 3 ft tall that can be planted under a rose to grow up between the branches without killing out the rose, comes back every year and isn't invasive?

Yeah I know my mom always said I never asked for much. :)))

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I've had Babies Breath for a couple of years now and it's not invasive for me at all. I think it has to have "ideal" conditions to become invasive. Mine is in a mixed perennial/rose border and it's fine...I actually thought it was gonna die, it looked so puny.

I'm in an urban setting, so not a lot of prairies for it to take over. I'd say give it a try.


    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 12:21PM
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hershigrl(Coastal CA 10)

I grow Feverfew as a Babies Breath substitute. It meets all of your requirements: 2 to 3 feet tall, comes back every year, not invasive. Plus it looks great!

- Hershi

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 3:00PM
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Well, I was going to tell you about Diamond Frost euphorbia, but then I noticed you wanted something that comes back. This one is a "Proven Winner" annual I think, and it isn't invasive anyway. I love is always in bloom, very light and airy, can be grown in a pot or the ground. Here' the picture:


    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 5:59PM
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triple_b(BC 5b)

wow that looks great! is it really that color blue or is it just the lighting? I have pink baby's breath in my annual garden to go in vases with my roses.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 9:02PM
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I also had a perennial baby's breath here in my suburban garden for many years which did not spread.

There are some nice suggestions above, though ... love that euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 9:34PM
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I think I'll try the baby's breath with one of my roses, just to see how it does. If I start to notice a problem I'll yank it. I like the Feverfew idea as well may have to give it a try.

The euphorbia is beautiful too bad it is an annual. I'll have to do some research to see about collecting seeds from it so I wouldn't have to buy it every year. May give it a try as well.

Love everyones ideas and suggestions Thanks for the help.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 8:22AM
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I don't know much about manual settings on my camera, but somehow the settings were changed for awhile and everything looked more blue. The euphorbia is not blue, it's white, but there were more blue tones in that pic than there actually were.

I looked up the euphorbia and it said it's an annual except in zone 10 and 11. Still, it blooms constantly till frost. Collecting seeds is a good idea. I know some people have luck bringing pots of tender perennials inside during the winter.


    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 8:44AM
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greenhaven(SW MI z6)

erasmus, try going back to your "white balance" settings. That is probably what is giving you the blue cast. If I set my white balance for flourescent light and forget to change it back that is what I get. Argh! Makes me crazy when I cannot reshoot an image.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 10:04AM
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mexicanhat(6a/Sub Rosa)

Look at some of DiggerDave's photos. He said they sprinkle out alyssum packets in the Spring, and boy do they come up and look nice with the roses!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 12:59PM
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