Dig a hole and just put in the plant roots? To ensure plants establish quickly, grow properly and live a long time, you need to take a little more time and effort than that when planting up your beds and borders.
Most plants that you buy from your gardening retailer are grown in high organic potting compost not soil. To match these conditions, your planting hole needs to be enriched with more organic matter to encourage the roots to spread out into the soil. This ensures plants get off to the best possible start, establish quickly and so grow and perform beaufifully.
Autumn is the best time for planting all permanent hardy plants, especially those that are bare-rooted and are not sold to you growing in a pot. Plants can still be planted in winter, as long as the ground isn’t waterlogged or frozen solid.
Pot grown plants can be planted any time of year, but autumn and spring give best results. If planting in summer, during hot and dry weather, extra care is needed – especially watering in after planting and watering during dry conditions.