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Perennials to pair with roses

Posted by prairie_love z3/4 ND (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 28, 09 at 17:53


I have two new flower beds that "feature" roses. I'm looking for perennials to pair with them that will complement but not overshadow. Here are pictures of the roses in question.

This is Morden Fireglow. It's an orangey-pinky red. It starts out glowing and fades to pinkish. I was thinking of putting geranium Biokovo with it, but the ones I bought aren't blooming any longer. White Clips campanula, but maybe that's too much contrast?
Morden Fireglow rose

This is Morden Hope for Humanity. It's an awesome deep, dark red. It looks fabulous with a bright yellow daylily (can't recall the name of that offhand), but DH (who is the rose guy) thinks the bright yellow detracts attention away for HfH. He's probably right.
Hope for Humanity roses


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RE: Perennials to pair with roses

May Night Salvia, moonbeam coreopsis, and Helen Von Stein Lamb's ear would complement most rose colors and provide some great textual variation.

RE: Perennials to pair with roses

I don't know your zone well enough, but I like nepeta. I moved my geranium 'Rozanne' to the feet of my KO roses and threw in some annuals for now... purple petunias and purple ageratum. I like the purple/blue blooms together with the red tones. I also planted one white phlox 'David' to see how it would look en masse with the roses. The white blooms create a nice backdrop contrast for the deep colors of the red tones. This is all too newly planted to have much of an impact, but I believe it's going to be a good combination.


RE: Perennials to pair with roses

For companion plants with roses I use catmint (Walkers Low), hardy geraniums (Brookside, Jolly Bee), sweet alyssum (carpet of snow), iris, phlox (David), peonies, Russian sage, lambs ear, delphiniums, bell flowers, lillies (asiatic & oriental).

Walkers Low and roses:

Delphiniums and roses:

Russian sage, sweet alyssum, peony & roses:

Phlox & roses:

RE: Perennials to pair with roses

Thank you for the ideas! (and sorry for the delay, I'm having internet issues).

May Night - I love MN, but I have it *everywhere* (maybe because it goes with everything, lol).

Moonbeam is supposed to be hardy here but I have not been able to get it to come back, nor have many of my friends. It's been a huge disappointment to me.

I'm not usually a fan of lamb's ears, so hadn't thought of it, but you're right, that might go VERY nicely.

Nepeta, again I have several places. I do like it, it seems a bit tall for the roses, but I just saw some smaller varieties, maybe I will give them a try (Kit Kat was one, can't remember the other name).

I've read about Rozanne a lot here on Perennials, but haven't tried it. It's on my list of "must try", so maybe one of the rose beds is a good place to try it!

The Russian sage and white phlox look great too.

Beautiful pictures, definitely has me thinking. Thank you all for ideas!


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