Purple plants are a particularly good choice for blending with roses within a mixed border. Ranging from soft hues to rich tones, there is a shade of purple to complement any colour rose. Opt for small, delicate purple flowers such as Verbena or Geraniums or create texture with tall, pointed, purple flowers such as Agastache.

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English Shrub Rose 

Partnered with Nepeta x faassenii (Catmint).

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Complement your roses with a smattering of purple...

...choose any shade from lilac to plum.

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English Shrub Rose 

Partnered with Geranium x magnificum 'Rosemoor' (Cranesbill)

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Purple plants to combine with roses...

Agastache 'Cotton Candy' (Hyssop)
Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'
Aster x frikartii 'Mönch' (Michaelmas daisy)
Astrantia 'Moulin Rouge' (Masterwort)
Delphinium 'Black Knight Group'
Dipsacus fullonum (Common teasel)
Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' (Globe thistle)
Geranium x magnificum 'Rosemoor' (Cranesbill)

Geranium clarkei 'Kashmir Blue' (Cranesbill)
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' (English Lavender)
Nepeta x faassenii (Catmint)
Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire' (Russian sage)
Salvia nemorosa 'East Friesland' (Perennial sage)
Lathyrus odoratus 'Karen Louise' (Sweet pea)
Verbena bonariensis (Argentinian vervain)

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Roses in mixed borders

Planting roses in a mixed border is one of the easiest ways of enjoying roses in your garden. Combine shrub roses, other shrubs, perennials and annuals to create a tapestry of different colours and textures.

planting distances

For a successful garden, getting planting distances right is important. Plant shrub roses too closely together and the border becomes overcrowded.

how to plant a potted shrub rose

By following these simple steps, you will ensure your potted shrub rose gets off the the best possible start.

a closer look at gertrude jekyll

First bred by David Austin over 30 years ago, this rose was named after the influential garden design and horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll.