At one time it was the in thing for rose beds and borders to be just that. No underplanting etc. Look grand when the roses were in bloom. Then come the fall and winter, the picture was lots of thorny twigs sticking up. Easy to maintane but very bland. The preparation of a new rose bed called for a lot of hard graft. Ideal for a grave digger perhaps as in the Royal parks of London and some local parks and gardens, the beds would be dug out to a depth of six feet. Loads of leaf mould and fresh soil would be filled in. The roses would be planted and that was all that. Usually the attending gardeners cared for the roses only. Now more and more rose growers, private and commercial fill the beds by underplanting. This has various benefits. Helps keep weeds down and offers a year-round attraction. preparation has also changed. Althogh perhaps a mini digger might be used to replicate the older method but, digging out to a depth of six feet is seldom done now for rose gardening. Even double digging and illegitimate child trenching has been given up. Mostly single spit digging is employed, adding an assortment of chemical fertilizers etc, then a hole taken out, rose bush popped in, fill in and firm. Then the planting of all sorts to cover the soil. So simple question to my forum friends. What's your method of rose growing?