How to plant a shrub

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
To do
To do

Do To do in January

Do To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do To do in September

Do To do in October

Do To do in November

Do To do in December

Shrubs are useful building blocks when you’re planning a garden, providing structure and substance. Winter is an ideal time to assess your garden and see if there’s an empty space that’s just right for a new shrub.

You will need

  • Shrub
  • Fork
  • Spade
  • Compost

Total time:

Step 1

Choose an open site and fork over the soil, mixing in lots of compost. Dig a deep planting hole and place the shrub’s rootball in the centre.


Step 2

Spread the roots around the hole then backfill with soil enriched with compost to cover them, firming with your boot to remove any air pockets.


Step 3

Water in well then spread a thick layer of compost around the shrub. Water weekly until it’s leafy and well established.


Use bark mulch around the newly planted shrub for an attractive finish that will hold in the moisture.