New bare-root roses will be out in another month, so start preparing now. If this is your first try at roses, select a sunny spot with enough room for several bushes. The impact of beautiful roses is even more dramatic when planted in mass.
If you already have roses, you might want to remove old bushes that are worn out. Generous spacing between the plants will aid air circulation. Proper spacing depends on the growth habit and climate. Consult a California Certified Nurseryman at your local garden center. Get the soil ready by working in liberal amounts of organic matter and fertilizer.