Landscaping with roses is a matter of planting them where they will give you the most satisfaction. While this can be said of any landscaping project, getting the maximum satisfaction out of roses can be a bit trickier than with most plants. Roses can be a fussy plant in your outdoor garden. Several factors must be accounted for when deciding how to plant them in your landscape, including the varieties that are available to you for your climate, the desirable rose characteristics in your area, and the limitations put on you by the landscape itself.
Sketch out the area where you plant to landscape on your graph paper. Note the amount of sun and shade that each area receives, as well as features such as high traffic areas, low spots where water collects, rocky soil, eyesores such as old tree stumps and buried electrical lines or water and sewer pipes.
List out your goals for landscaping the area. Do you want to hide an eyesore such as an electrical box, place thorny varieties under a windowsill for home security, or accent a comer of your property? Based on these goals, create a strategy for your landscaping. You may wish to select a garden style such as a formal English garden, create a rose 'wall' as a backdrop, uses your roses to enhance a focal point, screen unsightly views or create vertical interest.
Draw in bubbles around all promising spots where you may put your roses. Because roses are thorny, all bubbles should be at least three feet away from high traffic areas. Avoid using squares and rectangles. Instead make your bubbles round, oblong and even dog-leg shaped.
Select roses that are bred for your particular climate. Roses that need at least 6 hours of full sun and do not tolerate wet feet will not do well in areas that are prone to fog and frequent rains.
Select companion plants to complement your roses. Good choices of companion plants will not harm your rose bushes, and will look nice next to your roses. Choose plants that complement the rose bloom's color on the color wheel. Borders of silvery-gray lambs ear or a low-cut boxwood next to pink climbing roses make a nice complement. Alternatively, for a garden that is all one color, such as a 'white garden,' select plants that bloom in the same hues as your roses.