What plants look good with rose bushes? I have planted beautiful rose bushes in the front of my home.

Asked by Effie
Stockton, CA

The rose bushes are spaced evenly across the front. The look really pretty but there is something missing, I think there should be another plant, one that does not grow higher than the roses.


Richard Heller

Answered by Richard Heller

New Rochelle, NY

Greener by Design

November 13, 2012

Dear Effie,

Some native perennials -- plants that bloom and come back year after year -- will set off those roses nicely.

Why Natives? Native plants, plants which have evolved for centuries with the local beneficial insects and animals, will better support your local friends who will eat insects that might want to feed on your lovely roses for example.

Here are a couple of natives from your region that will set off those roses:

  • Salvia spathacea and
  • Mimulus aurantiacus.

A great example of a garden in your region that used these two plants and helped restore the local ecology by using them can be found here (lots of pictures in this article).

I would strongly advocate for contacting, or even joining your local California Native Plant Society for more information and invite all your friends as well!

  • In the built environment -- landscapes in suburban and urban areas -- local communities need to do everything they can to restore the local ecosystem that our constructs and lifestyles can disturb so deeply.
  • To find a chapter near you go here.

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