Blossoms as a rose companion

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Perennials with blue flower color have always been used as a rose companion. The combination of lavender and roses is the classic, even if the location requirements of the two plants are different. Success has the connection when both plants are planted in groups and with some distance.

Classic rose companion

Nevertheless, there are several species among the classic blue flowering plants, which are better suited as rose companion. Larkspur, for example, forms a successful contrast to the rose blossom due to its high inflorescences. But also catnip, steppe sage, iron hat or bellflower are ideal as a bed partner for roses.

Roses with lavender

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High contrast color combinations

Exciting combinations are achieved by varieties of roses and perennials with contrasting flower colors, the so-called complementary colors. Violet perennial flowers form a strong color contrast with yellow roses, as partners for light blue larkspur orange roses are very good. Additional tension in the bed bring different leaf and flower structures. Perennials with airy, seemingly floating inflorescences form a beautiful contrast to the optically very heavy rose petals. Verbena (Verbena bonariensis) or gypsophila (Gypsophila) are good examples of this.

Delphinium and yellow bed rose

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Tone-on-tone combinations

Using similar shades creates harmony in the bed. Neighboring colors from the color wheel and all intermediate shades can be easily combined with each other. To pink roses, for example, harmonize red and purple color gradations. However, boredom can occur with so much color match - especially if the plants resemble each other in their growth form. Character, height and growth of roses and their companions should therefore be different. Upright perennials with candle-shaped flowers such as Veronika form an exciting counterpart to the round rose petals.

Same location requirements

The ideal rose soil is profound, has a high nutrient content and is located in a sunny location. Suitable rose companions have similar claims to roses, as they should thrive in the same location. Nevertheless, the companion perennials should not press the roses by proliferating too much. Roses like it both in the root area as well as above ground airy. If the companion plants obstruct the air circulation of the rose petals, and these can not dry off sufficiently fast after rain showers, the danger of infection increases with star soot and other leaf diseases. Of course, the perennials themselves should also be robust and disease tolerant.

Extension of the flowering period

When selecting the perennials you should also pay attention to the duration of flowering. It should cover the main flower of the rose and even reach out beyond it. In this way, the flowering period of the rosary is extended altogether. Thus, the blue flowers of the Eisenhut delight only after the main bloom of the roses, but until into the autumn into it. For rose beds with extended flowering time, use the most modern bedding or small shrub roses, which after the main flower in June until the fall again and again to form new flowers. Tip: Rose companions such as larkspur and steppe sage should be cut just after flowering just below the ground and then fertilized. The perennials then run in late summer again to the top form.


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