Jan, Feb, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
At its best:
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
As soon as the plants arrive, give them a good soaking in a bucket of water. You'll need to do this even if they have been packed with damp peat or moss to keep them moist.
Choose a suitable size pot for each plant. For many, this might mean a 7cm or slightly larger pot, although the larger plants such as peonies could go into 2L pots. Use a multi-purpose compost and tap the pot as you fill to settle it around the roots. Firm it down, then water well.
A cold frame is the perfect place to keep a close watch on your plants. Or put them in a shaded section of the greenhouse, as long as it's kept frost-free. You'll then need to harden them off over a few weeks in spring before planting in the border.
Harden the plants off over a few weeks in spring before planting in the border.