How to plant shrubs and Perennials

How do I plant Shrubs in my Garden?

  • Water the pot thoroughly and allow to drain fully
  • If the shrub is being planted in a lawn remove a circle of turf
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the pot being planted and fork over the base. Adding a bucketful of planting and compost, and a dressing of bone-meal will help to establish the plant
  • Remove the pot gently, if well rooted cut off the pot
  • Position ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil
  • Replace the remaining soil and heel in, water the shrub and area thoroughly
  • Water regularly until the shrub is establish
  • Apply some general fertiliser every spring

How do I plant Perennials in my Garden?


  • Water the pot thoroughly and allow to drain fully
  • Dig a hole at least twice as wide and slightly deeper than the pot. Mix in well-rooted organic matter into the soil that has been removed and keep to one side
  • Plant to the same depth as growing in the pot. If the plant stands high take out some of the soil in the bottom of the hole, or alternatively top it up a bit if it is too low
  • Ease the plant out of the pot, taking care not to damage any of the emerging shoots.
  • Position in the centre of the hole then fill in the gaps around the sides of the plant with soil/organic matter mixture, firm down gently – getting rid of any air pockets and making sure that it is secure.
  • Water thoroughly and  cover the surface with a generous layer of mulch.. Keep the mulch at least 5cm away from the base of the plant.

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