When To Transplant Bare Root Plants And Potted Penstemon And Clematis

Question From: P. Yackel - MICHIGAN
Q: I recently purchased plants from a mail order nursery. I have Penstemon and Clematis which are in small pots. Can these be planted now? I also have ordered and received bare root plantings. Can they be planted now (directions say to soak the roots in water for 1/2 hour before planting. I was concerned about future frost and read your article about temperatures, not calendar for planting and figured I just better email you to be on the safe side. Thanks for your help.