Co-planting Roses with Lavender, Sage, and Thyme

lavenderI had a meeting near Union Square this afternoon and stopped at the Greenmarket on my way back to the office. I can’t help myself — I bought more plants for the roof.

I bought two “True English” lavender plants plus purple sage, purple basil, German thyme, oregano and a variegated sage from The Blew Family’s farm stand. This article on companion plants for roses was my guide.

All these herbs will be co-planted (a phrase I just learned) with the English heirloom roses I bought R* for his birthday: a lilac-pink Yesterday and the explosively apricot Cottage Garden . I like puzzling over the combination of each pot — coordinating color, fragrance, height, light plus water and soil requirements.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Erika on May 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I love your blog cause I love gardening, it’s easy to just keep buying and buying! I am right now (as of yesterday and tomorrow), digging out the whole side of my house to create a whole new bed. I planted my ten Arbor day trees there, and just bought a million bulbs to plant there to bloom next year. This is the first year I planted flowers in pots early with seeds instead of just buying the plant in the store. They have been growing great!


  2. Posted by Pat Kivlahan on June 4, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Hey Chris, great ideas on your blog, and its well done. Along with your new whites for your rooftop garden at night, research plants that release their fragrance in the evening and night. Some beautiful flowers only open after dark too.


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