My good friend, Wendy Tilley, TheRoseGardener.com, and her husband, Ryan, have a garden of 350 roses and a business of caring for 85 rose gardens in the Atlanta area. So, they made it their goal to find gardening tools to make their job easier, more fun and give them the ability to be gardeners for a long, long time. This goal led them to some wonderful products for gardeners. Some of these products I already have and highly endorse, and others are high on my Christmas list. (Hey Santa!)
First up is a product that I’ve used for more than 20 years–
This week I served as guest host for #RoseChat. Our topic for the evening was companion plants for roses. Thanks to @redneckrosarian for the great questions.
Program Q and A… (Note all text is formatted for Twitter with 140 characters or less.)
Q1 Why plant companions with roses? Thought the Queen of flowers wanted to be left alone… A1 To enhance their natural beauty & fill in their gaps w/o being too aggressive … like any good partner. 🙂
Q2 I spray my roses with fungicide. Are there plants that are spray tolerant? A2 Companions I find more tolerant of sprays: Yarrow, catmint, coreopsis. Take care NOT to spray clematis. Read labels.
Q3 Which are best with roses, Annuals or Perennials? A3 I use a combination of annuals & perennials for continuous bloom. Look for those w/ similar growing conditions.
Q4 What is naked knees syndrome? A4 NKS: pesky mid-summer condition of loosing lower leaves… leaving “Naked Knees”.
Q5 What is the best cure for naked knees syndrome? A5 Low growing companions with a long blooming season that can take the heat –fill the gap–saying no to NKS!
Q6 Can I plant herbs alongside my roses? A6 Herbs look great with roses & some deter pests: Favs: calendula, feverfew, thyme, chives, lavender.
Q7 What are some of your favorite companion plants for roses? A7 Fav rose companions: feverfew, moonbeam coreopsis, yarrow, catmint, thyme, lavender, larkspur, ageratum.
Q8 I heard that garlic is good to plant with roses. Why? A8 Anything in the allium family helps keep aphids off roses & deters blackspot–garlic, chives, leeks & shallots. Pretty & yummy.
Q9 Any other companion plants that help deter pests? A9 Ladybugs & hummers luv aphids/ attract them w/ lantana, Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (from Wayside Gardens), alyssum, calendula & beebalm
Q10 Any climbing vines make good rose companions? A10 My favorite vines to use with roses are honeysuckle, morning glories & clematis.
THE BEST THING
The best thing about Twitter #RoseChat is the sharing of information.
For an hour you are linked to an amazing group of like-minded people with an incredible amount of information. It is FUN. It is FAST. It is inFORMative! (Need more convincing… click here for an excellent article from my friend, Paige, of Love Sown.
Below is a list of random comments from other participates of #RoseChat.