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 --
- chives, garlic, leeks, and onions (pretty much all the alliums are good with roses, including the big ornamental ones)
- thyme (red creeping thyme is especially good)
- 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.
This link from About.com has a lot more information about placement, etc., but not all of the recommendations are edible.
Louise Riotte has some great books on the subject: Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening and (of course!) Roses Love Garlic: Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
Update 4/6/12: I just ran across this page on edible companion gardening which might be helpful to you
Hope that gives you some things to think about!
Anyone found a rose/veggie combination that they really like?
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