It’s Bedtime!


The trouble with bedding plants is they can look a bit municipal.  Like a 1970s roundabout.  Even the term conjures up visions of scary rows of marigolds or petunias.  But if you pick carefully and consider your colour scheme – bedding can be as beautiful as you want it to be.

Bedding plants are really all plants that, irrespective of their growing habits, are used to make a temporary show. For example: hardy bulbs (hyacinths and tulips), hardy and half-hardy perennials (chrysanthemums), and even tender shrubs (castor oil plant).

But ‘bedding’ is usually taken to mean those half-hardy annuals or half-hardy perennials planted out to make a splash of colour in the summer. For example; petunias, begonias, pelargoniums and calceolarias

In fact it’s not the plants themselves that are necessarily garish looking or uncomfortable.  But it’s their context and usage.  All too often they remind us of roundabouts or suburbia but they don’t have to.  The planting combination is key to making bedding beautiful.  And also consider some of the more interesting varieties.

Below:  Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita’ with Dahlias, Helichrysum petiolare and Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’ in August

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