Perennials to Compliment Your Roses

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Many times a good low growing perennial is an excellent planting companion for your rose garden. You actually get double your pleasure with eye pleasing blossoms at the top and bottom of the flowerbed. They are easy to care for and can be clipped back in the late fall or early winter to encourage a fresh start in the spring. Tie them into your rose garden drip irrigation system and you’ll be ready to go!

• Catmint (Nepeta) – Soft, gray green aromatic leaves with light blue flower spikes. Spreading. Shear back when flowers are spent.

• Fleabane (Erigeron) – Produces daisy-like flowers in a variety of colors. Blooms early summer through fall. 12-18 inches in height.

• Nemesia – Shrubby perennial, reaches approximately one foot by two feet. Light pink flowers with yellow throats.

• Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) – Evergreen with pure white flower clusters reaches a height of 12-18 inches. Blooms early spring through June. Makes a great border.

• Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea) – Dense mounds of green foliage. 8 inches tall by 15 inches wide. Foliage is crowned with arching stems of pink or red nodding bell shaped flowers.

• Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata) – Approximately 3-6 inches tall and spreading to two feet across. Blooms April and May. Intense flower colors.

• Sea Pink (Armeria) – Narrow, stiff leaves grow into compact mounds topped with small white, pink, rose or red flowers in dense globular heads. Blooms early spring through fall.

• Pinks (Dianthus) – A member of the carnation family this perennial comes in a variety of heights and color combinations. Blooms late spring through the fall. Shear back and feed to encourage another flush of bloom. Extremely hardy.

• Lithodora diffusa – Sparkling blue tubular flowers crown this shrubby, slightly mounded perennial. Blooms May through June.

• Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa) – This easy to grow perennial blooms midsummer and continues through the fall. Lavender blue, pink or white flowers

• Cup Flower (Nierembergia) – Stiff narrow mounding foliage is covered throughout the summer months with blue to violet blue bell-like flowers. Reaches a height of 12 inches.

• Yarrow – (Achillea) – Generous bloomer in summer and fall, yarrow is available in a variety of heights and colors. The flowerhead is large and flat, made up of tiny flowers. Foliage is aromatic, gray or green in color. Taller growing varieties can be cut and dried for indoor bouquets.

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