Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:06
Hi claire, I think it's a common problem when lots of roses are grown in close proximity - they become more susceptible to pests and diseases. I'm not a rose expert by any means - Salino knows a lot so maybe she can advise. I'd be inclined to keep the ones in your pots but group them with other shrubs and plants and give them a tidy up. It will be easier to keep them 'clean'.The borders where you have roses will need cleared properly of any detritus, and nourished - diseases are harboured in the soil so don't be in a rush to put any roses back in the same place.
Lots of people use lavender in conjunction with roses as it's evergreen so if your soil and site suits it, that may be worth trying. Choisya is a nice shrub - several varieties including the golden ones, but it depends on the aspect. Shrubs like Potentilla are common but they do a great job as they flower for ages. Colours from whites through soft creams to orange and red. Spring bulbs would be useful and you could have those round any of the roses you keep. It depends what room you have as there are loads of things which will suit. Can you post a pic to give a better idea of your garden?