Roses and lavender: A dream couple in the bed?

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Hardly any other plant is combined with roses as often as lavender - even though the two do not actually fit together. The scent of lavender would keep lice away, it is said, but this expectation usually ends in disappointment. The small black animals are, once the roses are attacked, not driven away by lavender. If roses and lavender are planted together, it is often found that lavender is stunted after a few years or the rose does not develop as desired. Errors about lavender as a rose companion are circulating many. Among them are the plants, but also hobby gardeners, who do the tedious job and cherish the hope for a nice discounts. We explain why these two plants are not made for each other and which alternatives exist.

Location claims of roses and lavender

First of all, roses and lavender do not go together because they have contrary demands on the location. The lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) feels well on barren, dry and calcareous soil. The subshrubs are native to the Mediterranean region and grow there in sunny locations. In our home gardens, the winter hardy lavender 'Hidcote Blue' is usually planted. The roses, on the other hand, come from distant countries such as Asia, Persia and Africa. As soil, they prefer nutrient-rich and loose soil. In a location in the sun or partial shade, they can develop best. Another factor that differentiates between the demands of roses and lavender is the lime content in the soil. Lavender loves more lime-rich soil, whereas roses avoid lime in too high concentrations.

Lavender in a natural stone wall

Lavender thrives best in arid, dry locations

Different nursing claims

Roses and lavender do not come to a common denominator when it comes to their care. Lavender should not be fertilized or watered as often as the roses need it. The result is that the lavender initially grows quickly and well, but comes in after three years. Too much fertilizer damages the lavender. Another aspect that is often overlooked: roses like to be airy. If they are too hard pressed by other plants, they can not develop their full potential and grow in height and width. In addition, the roses hurt so faster, so are more susceptible to mildew or rose rust.

So you do not have to do without lavender

You do not have to do without the visually beautiful combination of lavender and roses, even if the two have different demands on location and care. Place the two plants in the bed at a distance of at least two meters. So that the lavender does not enter through too much irrigation water, you should always pour it separately and only when needed. A fertilization of the lavender should be avoided. Give some sand into the planting hole of the subshrubs, so that the irrigation water can run better in its root area.

Roses and lavender in the garden

Optically close to each other and yet planted at some distance, roses and lavender give a very nice picture and can both thrive well

If you can not remember the different demands, you should better plant the plants in two separate beds. Create a bed with sandy soil that is in the sun all day. Peonies or sage also feel at home in this Mediterranean bed. If you do not want to give up the violet splash of color next to the roses, for example, blue stingers (Agastache), bluebells (Campanula), catnip (Nepeta) or cranesbill (Geranium) are the best.

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