Brighten Up Your Garden with Summer Bedding Plants
Summer is just around the corner, so now is an excellent time to start thinking about summer bedding plants. From pansies to petunias, summer bedding plants are a quick and easy way to transform a dull garden into a riot of colour. You don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve a great effect. With a couple of trays of bedding plants, your garden will look bright and cheerful almost immediately. To get you started, here’s everything you need to know.
There is nothing stopping you from adding bedding plants in a rainbow of brilliant colours, but if you want a more sophisticated effect, work out a plan prior to getting your hands dirty.
Bedding plants look best when planted in groups. For example, add a row of hot red fuchsias along a border to complement some evergreen shrubs. Or, plant a load of cool blue and purple pansies in front of flowering pale pink lupins. You can even add a few bright orange marigolds to a patch of cornflower blue annuals for a lovely pop of colour.
Think like an artist and work some magic with colour.
Our Favourite Summer Bedding Plants
We have a great selection of summer bedding plants at the nursery. Here are some of our favourites:
- Begonias are happy in sun or shade. They come in a huge range of different colours, and with their large showy flowers, they are one of the most versatile bedding plants we sell.
- Pansies are great early season flowering plants. They are ideal for baskets, containers, or borders, and are easy to care for. Pansies don’t mind partial shade, but for maximum effect, plant them in full sun.
- Petunias come in some fabulous colour combinations with amazing patterns. When planted in hanging baskets, they spill out in a mass of thick flowers, which looks beautiful.
- Geraniums are nice and sturdy, so are a good choice if you want your bedding plants to survive all season. The great thing about geraniums is that they don’t mind hot, dry weather and they will outlast many other types of bedding plant, right up to the first frost of autumn.
- Marigolds are lovely, especially when placed in the company of blue and lilac flowers. Add some to lift a full border.
Hanging Baskets and Planters
You can make your own hanging baskets with a selection of bedding plants. Fill a basket with compost and arrange your flowers so the trailing varieties such as lobelia and petunias have room to grow.
Add bedding plants to pots and containers for an instant pop of colour on your patio or deck.
Care and Maintenance
Plant bedding flowers in the right spot – read the care instructions or ask us for advice. Do remember to water your containers and baskets in warm weather, preferably at least once a day. Continue deadheading flowers as the season progresses and feed them for extra longevity.
If you need any help with bedding plants, just ask!