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Ideally, roses should be planted in beds or borders where there is little or no competition from other flowers and shrubs, even in winter. If, however, space is limited, other flowers may be combined with them either by widening the rose bed to leave space in the foreground, or by planting rose-bushes and flowers in alternate groups. With care, the results can be very pleasing. Avoid strong-growing, spreading plants; there are plenty of other intriguing possibilities.
For interplanting with beds of hybrid teas and floribundas or as edgings to rose beds, try dwarf annuals such as the deep blue Phacelia campanularia (harebell phacelia), candytuft in mixed colours or Nemophila (baby blue-eyes). sky-blue with white centres. Ageratum Fairy Pink is a pleasing salmon-rose and Alyssum Violet Queris compact, as is the white variety, Carpet of Snow. The most compact types of petunias are good, too. Pinks are sometimes used for edgings and are very effective when planted in between tree roses grown in rows. A groundwork of violas or pansies is equally satisfactory.
Tulips, daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs will add colour to rose beds in advance of the rose bloom. They can be planted in open soil in the forepart of a rose bed or in open spaces between groups of bushes. For later colour, plant annuals between clusters of bulbs.