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What to put under roses?



  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Do you keep the cats in your garden as your neighbours might be growing them as well as bulbs

  • PoppypussPoppypuss Posts: 90
    Agree that underplanting with nepeta, salvia and geraniums would look lovely. Your cats should also like the catmint, mine do!
  • Obelixx said:
    You are confusing pelargoniums - not hardy and from South Africa - with native hardy geraniums.  2 different species with a similar seed pod and flower form so when they first arrived in the UK people thought they were also geraniums.

    Hardy geraniums will provide ground cover.  If you go for macrorhizum forms they will be in flower - white, pale pink or deeper pink forms available - before the roses and the foliage will be scented and go red in winter for added interest.   Other forms such as Rozanne will grow taller and flower later and longer and  give you blue flowers to contrast with your roses.   Hundreds of geraniums out there so go see what's good for you.
    Oh! Thanks, this feels a little confusing. 

    If I ask someone at a garden centre I assume they will be able to point me in the right direction. 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Keep your cats inside and grow anything you like.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,829
    @lister_lizard    Not necessarily as many staff won't be horticulturally trained.  Go online and look at hardy geranium varieties for colour, size, position - some like sun and some do shade and some do partial sun/shade.

    This is a good place to start - and then make a list of the ones you like and see if you can find them in your local GC or can order them online.
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  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,726
    If I worried about plants being poisonous to cats I would have a very dull  garden. Cats are far too intelligent to eat plants. The only plant they show any interest in is nepeta, that gets shredded in days so I actually grow it in a hanging basket. I would be slightly wary of Lily pollen but otherwise don’t worry . 
  • jack frost is a classic for under roses in rose gardens
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,762
    jack frost is a classic for under roses in rose gardens
    Do you mean Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’?  

    Jack Frost is simply a variety name given by a breeder and doesn’t tell us what the plant is.

    It flowers in April/May ... after that it’s over. I suspect the OP is looking for under planting that will be in flower at the same time as the roses. 

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