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Choosing Companion Plants for English Roses

Roses are jewels of the summer garden and, as with their mineral cousins, their beauty is enhanced when placed in the right setting. According to Michael Marriott, a garden designer and senior rosarian of David Austin Roses Ltd in Albrighton, England, roses are beautifully suited to mixed garden borders. The trick to combining roses successfully with other garden plants lies in knowing which will play well together. Here he shares plant lists, practical tips and design notes culled from decades of experience with English Roses and mixed border design.







Michael Marriott's Short List
of Favorite Bloom Companions
for English Roses

Design Tips 545 Words
Michael Marriott, garden designer and senior rosarian of David Austin Roses, is known for his knack for choosing bloom partners for English Roses. The best partners, he says, bloom exactly together or in close overlap. “The joy is in pairing flowers that play off one another, when seen side by side in full bloom. Here is his short list of favorite companions for English Roses, including perennials, annuals, biennials and flowering shrubs.

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Practical Tips for Mixed
Border Design with English Roses
and Bloom Companions


Design Tips 1,775 Words
“Choice is a big part of what makes English Roses such fun," says Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses. "When a particular rose and its partners mesh in terms of color, height and texture, when they hit the mark for bloom time, sunlight and hardiness, when all of that comes together it's magic.” Following are practical tips and design notes he’s culled from decades of experience with English Roses and mixed border design.

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Michael Marriott’s Long List of
Favorite Companion Plants
for English Roses

Design Tips 4,125 words

Marriott admits to a fondness for the romantic informality of English Roses. He enhances their look by pairing them with cottage garden favorites and small-flowered plants with the look of wildflowers. He shares his long list of favorite companion plants here. All are likely to bloom when English Roses do, either exactly or with close overlap. Some bloom with English Roses earlier in the season, some later, some all season long.

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