What to plant alongside shrub roses?
penny.hipwell Posts: 2
I am planning a cottage garden from scratch, which must of course include roses. I love them, but have noticed (looking at others) that the base can seem very bare compared to the top which is often full of leaves and blooms in the summer. How do you avoid them getting 'leggy' and what other plants can you grow around them to fill in the barer areas? Thanks
Hardy geraniums come in a wide variety of flower colour, leaf form and plant heights.
In my own new rose beds, I'm also adding penstemons, peonies, verbascum phoenicum, perennial cornflowers, agapanthus and there will be geum and perrenial potentillas too, rather than the shrubby form. This autumn, bulbs will be added too so that I have a long successon of flowers for colour, perfume and pollinators.
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