Posted: 15/01/2015 at 12:02
I thought the best time to plant the roses was in the winter, while they are in their dormant state, they will be shooting in a month or so's time.
Dig a large hole, put some organic compost, mulch etc down the hole, plant and then sprinkle some bone meal around the rose, not touching his stem, dont put the bone meal down the hole, the roots will be content with that and not want to reach out.
Azalea, I like to keep in pots anyway, Berberis, I bought a lot of bare root plants to put around the oil tank, planted them in January. Clematis I would leave till Spring, Skimmia are very hardy, I would say plant it out.
Dont do any of it though if your ground is frozen solid as you will get air pockets around the roots.
The plants will be warmer in the ground as pots can freeze more easily.