Create a contemporary display using disease-resistant roses and pretty perennials for a modern mix of flowers and foliage.
When to Plant: Fall to early spring
At Its Best: Early to midsummer
Time to Complete: 3 hours
white spike speedwell (Veronica spicata alba)
Trifolium repens 'Purpurascens Quadrifolium'
hardy white geranium
black snakeroot (Actaea simplex) 'Brunette'
Dig a bucketful of organic matter into the planting area and mix it evenly with the soil. Then dig a hole a little deeper and twice as wide as the pot that contains the rose.
Place the rose in its container into the hole and, using a bamboo stake, check that the graft union (the swelling at the base of the stems) will be below the soil surface when the rose is planted. Remove the rose and apply some general-purpose fertilizer to the base of the hole.
Water the rose and leave to drain. Apply mycorrhizal fungi to the base of the hole, following the directions on the package. The roots must come into contact with the fungi granules after planting as these help the rose's root system to establish. Wearing gloves, tip the rose from its container and plant in the hole.
Backfill around the root ball with excavated soil. Firm the soil to remove air pockets with your hands. Water the rose well, then apply a 2-inch layer of well-composted organic matter, making sure that it doesn't touch the stems. Water the rose regularly during its first year and apply a rose fertilizer each spring.