Combining Roses with June Perennials

Roses are one of the nation's most popular flowers, loved as much for their beauty and fragrance as for being a wonderfully versatile plant. As a garden flower, modern hybrids are hard to beat for the length of their flowering season which stretches from late April until first frosts. And there's a rose for every situation — bed, border, container, wall, obelisk or pergola. But that's by no means all. English roses, with their natural shrubby habit, fit beautifully into mixed borders, combined with annuals, shrubs, climbers and perennials, creating charming combinations with wonderful contrasts of colour and form. There are many possible partners in midsummer, with lavender, catmint, thalictrum, astrantia, delphinium, hardy geraniums, Alchemilla mollis and Bowman's Root creating eye catching planting blends.

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