Plant a Rose and Perennial Garden
When to Plant: Fall to early spring
At Its Best: Early to midsummer
Time to Complete: 3 hours
- heavy-duty gloves
- bamboo stake
- composted organic matter
- all-purpose granular fertilizer
- mycorrhizal fungi
- white spike speedwell (Veronica spicata alba)
- rose 'Auscat'
- white violas
- Trifolium repens 'Purpurascens Quadrifolium'
- hardy white geranium
- lady's mantle
- black snakeroot (Actaea simplex) 'Brunette'
Prepare to Plant
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.
Check Planting Depth
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.
Apply Mycorrhizal Fungi
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.
Firm in Soil
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.