Nov 21, 2009 10:08 pm
I'm looking at putting in a new rose garden. At our old house we had lots of roses, some under-planted with lavender but most just by themselves. This time around I would like to have some lower growing plants. Water is not a problem as we have both bore water and the run-off from a black water treatment plant. Position is full sun all day and soil is red volcanic or chocolate, pH a little lower than we would like but not an issue.
The roses will mainly be David Austins in shades of yellow and apricots. Any suggestions?
Re: Plants for underneath roses2
Nov 21, 2009 10:27 pm
I would leave them on their own. That way you don't have other plants competing for nutrients.
Just a thick layer of green mulch. Water is not an issue for roses, they are wonderfully adapted to dryer conditions. They are among the toughest of garden plants and gardeners pour too much kindness on them.
Since you do want something underneath, look at using a plant that will attract beneficial insects to your roses so you don't need to use pesticides or be able to reduce a reliance on the horrible things.
Maybe some Alyssum which the lady birds will love. Cheap and easy.
Re: Plants for underneath roses3
Nov 22, 2009 8:51 am
A girlfriend of mine has Mexican Orange Blossoms and they look great. She also tends to plant vinca's in there in the summer for some extra colour.
Believe it or not but we have box infront then hellerbores underneath. Its a strange garden in that in Aut/winter you get no light so it works for us.
Re: Plants for underneath roses4
Nov 22, 2009 9:11 pm
nandina nana went very well with my roses in my previous place.
in winter when the roses were bare the nandinas gave plenty of colour. ground covers like pigface, portalucas would look good too.
At my present place my roses are struggling due to waterlogging so I havent underplanted yet.
Re: Plants for underneath roses5
Nov 22, 2009 10:39 pm
Thanks for the suggestions. I like the idea of plants that will attract lady birds so might look further into alyssum and others. I do like roses without anything under them but it looks a bit bare in the winter months.
Off to google ladybird attracting plants!
Re: Plants for underneath roses7
Nov 25, 2009 10:37 am
I'd also strongly recommend the alyssium, it will self seed, is easy to grow, and continues to flower for a prolonged period of time, especially if dead headed after flowering (hedge trimmers do the trick quickly). The other drought tolerant plant that looks nice is erigeron with it's tiny white daisy-like flowers. I have a mix of both of these between my roses and the erigeron is definitely less labour intensive, but took longer to grow. Its also taller at about 30cm.
Avaganda, how does the Ajuga go in full sunlight? I've got it in a courtyard area (reptans purpurea) that's always in shade and find that when the sun hits the front section the plants wilt. It also seems a bit water hungry but maybe that's our soil which tends to drain (it's pretty sandy). Must admit it looks stunning when in flower in spring but you'd need to make sure you've got the right colour for it to complement the roses.
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