Answer: Clay soil should be amended prior to planting irises and roses. I'd spread 4-5 inches of organic matter over the top of the whole bed and dig it in to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. This will loosen the soil and help it drain quickly. Plant your iris rhizomes in trenches so the tops are just beneath the soil surface. I'm afraid Monrovia does not carry the polyantha sweetheart roses but you may be able to find these plants in your favorite local nursery. Best wishes with your garden!
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