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What to put under roses?

lister_lizardlister_lizard Posts: 16
edited April 2021 in Garden design
Hi I am a new gardener really but have been enjoying creating recently.

We have some roses in some beds, two rose bushes in each bed. The roses are not so large at the moment.

The beds are generally shaded although gets a little sun later in the day.

The problem is that other than the two rose bushes per bed the rest is just mud.

What could I put with the roses to cover the mud? Any suggestions? 

Thanks

Edit: I added a photo, but I don’t know how to turn the photo round the right way 🤦🏻‍♂️ 

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  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,216

    Done!
  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 865
    I have a thick layer of bark under my roses... suppresses any weeds, and looks quite nice and tidy!
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    Welcome to the forum. Would you like to underplant? If not you could mulch with wood chip...

    Adding manure mulch will help.
  • AthelasAthelas CambridgeshirePosts: 685
    edited April 2021
    Do you know what the roses are? It will help with figuring out their eventual height and width, plus flower colour, which will inform plant choice. Any colour combo you prefer or want to avoid? 

    I would suggest nepeta and salvia, and using bark mulch over any exposed areas while avoiding touching the rose stems.

    Some tips here, note to avoid planting too close to the roses: https://www.gardenia.net/guide/underplanting-roses

    https://www.gardenia.net/guide/great-rose-companion-plants-nepeta-salvia-lavandula

    https://www.gardenia.net/guide/underplanting-roses-with-low-growing-spring-bulbs



  • Fire said:
    Welcome to the forum. Would you like to underplant? If not you could mulch with wood chip...

    Adding manure mulch will help.
    I think I would like some more plants (if that is what under plant means?)

    but I see the idea of wood chip would also be much more attractive than mud too. 
  • Fran IOM said:

    Done!
    Thank you :)
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    Do you know what the roses are, what variety?
  • lister_lizardlister_lizard Posts: 16
    edited April 2021
    Fire said:
    Do you know what the roses are, what variety?
    I think the one at the back is a bush rose called Moody Blue (fyniche) not sure about the one at the front.

    In the other bed (not pictured but is very similar) it has a golden wedding (arokris) and something else that has a label on it that says Harisma, is that a rose variety?
  • AthelasAthelas CambridgeshirePosts: 685
    Might be ‘Charisma’
  • Athelas said:
    Might be ‘Charisma’
    Yes could very easily say that. It is wrapped around so the “c” could be hidden from me. 
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