How To PlantThis article describes how to plant bare root plants, but the same basic strategy works for all plants. If you are planting potted plants, it is easier: omit step 5 ("LIFT").
The example below shows Vinca (we have a big sale on Vinca minor plants, with free shipping), the strategy applies to all plants.
Make the hole wider and deeper than the root mass being planted (at least 10% larger, 50% larger is better, 100% larger is best).
This guide shows how to plant on a slope. If you are planting on level ground then of course there is no need to create berms - a curved mound of soil - to catch runoff.
If you want to improve the rate of establishment and spread, get some manure, compost, or other organic material to mix into the soil that you put under and around your plants (see below).
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That's all there is to it, it is not hard.
If you are planting in the fall, wait until spring to fertilize.
If you have a large area to plant, consider getting a plant auger. to speed your planting chore (see Ground preparation and fertilizing for details on augers, soil amendment, etc.).
Check out the links below for information on other important topics that govern the success of your project: fertilizing, mulching, pH, etc.
Ground preparation and fertilizing
Testing and adjusting the pH of your soil
Explanation and description of bare roots
When you should plant