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Rose Companions

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Allen, can you mix other plants into your bed of roses? If so, what would you recommend?
– Rebecca

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Well, Rebecca, I think that the thing to keep in mind with roses is that they're heavy feeders and they need a lot of circulation around them, so you want to be careful about what you plant directly under a rose, particularly hybrid teas.

Now, at the edge of the rose border, that's a different story. There are classics that go with roses such as catnip, or nepeta, which is beautiful with its gray foliage. And then there's lavender, which makes a great border.

Some silver plants that I love to use include lamb's ear and some of the low-growing artemisias.

When it comes to plants with more flower power, try some petunias, like Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum. Talk about the "wow" factor. Last year, I planted some of that beautiful blue African basil along with my Knock Out® roses. That and a few other perennials made an incredible show in my garden.

I hope these suggestions are helpful to you. Once you get started with roses, you'll always want to have them in your garden. Good luck.

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poultry problems

by dotti on September 15, 2013 02:27
I want to raise chickens and ducks but I don\'t have a coop. I live on 40 acre farm in ND. I am deciding between 6+ breeds of ducks and chickens but cant decide they\'re all pretty good egg layers and docile. I want pure breeds and have to have to have them all. What should I do? Where should I order them? Please help.

Virginia Creeper

by katherinelizabeth on August 11, 2013 12:41
Just another thought... the VC and the BK in my previous post are also nearly identical.

Targeting Just the Weed

by katherinelizabeth on August 11, 2013 12:39
If you want to use the synthetic weed killer close to good plants, try making a bottomless box out of an old cardboard one. Mark the outside of the box as such before you start spraying. Then place the box over the offending plant and spray... just it. Trick is to match the size of the box to the size of the weed you want to kill. But boxes are easy to come by, so you can make more than one. Had to do this to target some Bush Killer that came too close in my yard, and it did protect. Getting rid of the BK, however... well... :(

Dogwood tree

by gardenman18 on July 20, 2013 04:06
I want to learn how to plant a dogwood tree right way.

Clay Ground

by jackson.1943@yahoo.com on February 3, 2013 09:18
Will Roses do good in very bad clay ground?

Theme music

by betsi.vesser on October 13, 2012 09:15
I love this piece of music! It is so calming and just right for all those who love gardens. It actually describes my 94 year old mom who still likes to get out and work around in her garden! Thank you for giving us this lovely piece (peace) of music on each show.

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