Can I plant any vegetables around my roses? They are well-established and healthy.
(Campbell River, BC, Canada)
Question: Someone mentioned to me that planting cabbage was beneficial for roses and I'm wondering if it's true. I would like to plant some vegetables in my front bed with my roses, can you recommend anything?
My answer: There are several plants that go well with roses! Here are some for you to think about --
- lavender - chives, garlic, leeks, and onions (pretty much all the alliums are good with roses, including the big ornamental ones) - nasturtiums - mint - marigolds - thyme (red creeping thyme is especially good) - sage/salvias - parsley - clover (especially crimson clover)
This site suggests using lettuce around roses, which I hadn't heard of before! I haven't heard of planting cabbages with roses either, but I don't see that it would hurt anything, because both have similar sun and water needs.