I live in LaGrange, KY...moved less than a year ago. I ordered roses that I've had before and knew I wanted. But I don't know anything about this area, about 30 minutes northeast of Louisville. I'm not sure if it is too early to plant the roses. I'm not sure what my soil is...although I suspect there is A LOT of clay. We need to create a space for the roses...should we remove the sod, then mix top soil (or potting soil) in with the existing soil? I've purchased Veteran's Honor, Mardi Gras, and John F Kennedy. Veteran's Honor appears to be a rose tree rather than a bush, if that makes any difference. I don't necessarily expect to see a lot of roses this year, but I want to give these plants a reasonably good start, so that next year I can see some really spectacular roses. I have instructions that came with the plants, but am just not sure that I know enough to do this successfully.
Planting Roses From Jackson and Perkins
Thanks for the great questions. Since you have had roses before it is really not so different where you are now, I would go to the American Rose Society website look for a Consulting Rosarian in your area. They will be able to give you the best actual Area specifics you need. I am in Colorado so would not be familiar with your area. I do have articles published on the Gardening Know How Website for help with planting rosebushes and their care. Here is one such article link for you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/planting-rose-bushes.htm . If you do a search once at the website for Rose Man Stan, many of my article links will come up for you to read.