Antique roses blend well with perennials. They also climb, trail, ramble, and form bushes large and small.
Back at the nursery, I displayed these roses in the perennial borders, in the cottage and herb gardens, and in the water, rock, butterfly, and knot gardens, hoping to pique my customers' interest. Our new business tagline read, "Our gardens are not rose gardens, but gardens that have roses in them."
Not only do antique roses have good survival instincts, they are also valuable in the garden. They climb, ramble, trail, and form bushes large and small. They bloom steadily for several seasons or overwhelmingly for one. They can be used as the backbone for a bed or massed for color in the foreground. They will also settle happily into containers. For a list of roses I recommend for various settings, see Antique roses in the garden: what to plant where.