Lifestyle: Bedding plants 101

 

Knowing where to start when redoing your garden can be tricky. You want to choose something that’s easy enough to maintain and also looks great for many months. There are so many different types of bedding plants to choose from and it can be hard to decide between all of the different varieties.

Luckily, Suttons has everything you need to know to ensure you use bedding plants in the most effective manner so that your garden constantly looks amazing in bloom and you can make the most out of it during the summer.

Choosing your bedding plants

 

There are three different options when buying bedding plants; as seedlings, plugs or in pots and trays.

At the moment, purchasing bedding plants in individual pots or trays is the most common method available when you visit a garden centre. However there’s a risk that the roots can get damaged when you move them over to individual pots as they are growing together in the same compost.

The easiest way to grow bedding plants is from plugs, they’re usually larger than seedlings and are grown in trays.

Seedlings are the more difficult option as there will be between 100 and 400 seeds sown in trays which are filled with compost. You need to be aware that you will need to pot the baby plants into little pots, or space them out into separate seed trays upon delivery, so that they are granted plenty of space to grow.

Displaying your bedding plants

Once you’ve bought your bedding plants, you need to decide how to display them in your garden to ensure you get the most out of them.  Here’s a few pointers to  help you out:

  1. Choose a strong colour theme that goes well with the rest of your garden. A selection of warm oranges, reds and yellows are one option for achieving this, while a mixture of cool blues, purples and whites are another.
  2. Try to arrange your bedding by height. Taller flowers like cosmos, nicotiana and sunflowers should sit towards the back of a bed or border, while short plants like annual phlox, marigolds and petunias should take the front row to ensure they are seen and you can make the most out of each and every plant..
  3. You can add climbing bedding plants to get some height to your garden. Therefore, it is wise to purchase some sweet peas, ipomoea lobate and morning glory plants and then support their stems using either obelisks, trellis or a teepee or bamboo canes.

 

Aftercare for your bedding plants

Your work isn’t complete once you’ve set out your garden bedding and planted your bedding plants; aftercare is very important to ensure the most spectacular of displays.

Make sure you water your plants regularly when they’ve just been planted and also during warm and dry periods such as during the summer.

A general rule of thumb is to water plants daily in the summer weather, though opt to make this procedure a twice daily occurrence for any plants in containers and hanging baskets.

Make sure you are keeping your garden bedding scheme smart at all times too by removing dead flowers when you notice that they are beginning to fade. This also helps to encourage new blooms from the other plants.

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