Here is a hoary handed son of the soil tilling - with rotavator - this large border 17 metres long by 4 metres wide. The photo was taken last September 2014.
The planting up was done in the last week of October. The perennials were all either bare-rooted or in 9cm pots. The 12 roses were bare-rooted too and went in in December. Pretty small all round. And here is the same border in July this year:
Photographed from the other end.