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 color 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 'Eastfriesland' (Perennial sage)
Lathyrus odoratus 'Karen Louise' (Sweet pea)
Verbena bonariensis (Argentinian vervain)

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