Posted: 05/03/2017 at 10:58
I said the plants would have to have the same needs as the roses, but perhaps a better word would be 'tolerate'.
Hogweed - re your rose bed - that's what Christopher Lloyd famously did - much to the horror of the purists - and look what he created
I think it can be difficult to marry them up with other planting successfully, especially if they've been grown in a 'traditional' way, ie - in a bed of their own to start with. Sometimes, having a completely fresh start is really good fun.