Shrubs of all sizes, including hydrangeas and shrub roses, form the permanent framework of most garden borders.
Autumn is the ideal time to plant them, however container-grown shrubs can be planted at any time of year as long as the ground isn’t frozen, waterlogged or too dry.
Before you plant, dig over the whole border to at least one spade’s depth, removing all weeds, especially the roots of perennial ones. Then fork in lots of well-rotted garden compost, along with fertiliser, to get your shrub off to a good start.
More shrub-growing advice:
Discover how to plant a shrub in just four easy steps, below.
Encourage roots to spread by adding organic matter to the soil over the entire area. Snip out any dead, damaged, diseased or crossing stems after planting. Find out more on how to formatively prune shrubs.
Shrubs to leave until spring