Many roses naturally lose their bottom leaves as the season progresses. Typically, there's little you can do to prevent it. That said, there is a practice of planting low plants along with roses; these companions act something like a skirt to cover up the roses' bare legs. Here are some excellent companion plants for roses: annual geranium (Pelargonium), catmint (Nepeta), lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis), leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), perennial geranium (Geranium), pincushion flower (Scabiosa), pinks (Dianthus), threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata), twinspur (Diascia).
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