Your Bedding… My Bedding… Everybody Loves Bedding Plants
There is still time left, to get out and plant some Bedding Plants to liven up the Garden for the Summer months and well into Autumn if they are kept well Watered, Dead- Headed( removing all the finished flowers before they die) and one applies a descent liquid plant food consistently.
Summer Bedding plants can be divided into the following 3 categories….The Dependable The Necessary and The Impressive.
The Dependable are the likes of Blue flowering Lobelia, White flowering Alyssum, Mixed colours of Snap Dragons (Antirrhinums), Ageratum, Marigolds, Nicotiana (Tobacco Plant) and Asters.
The Necessary are like a fashion accessory, they add a little bit of interest and a bit of class wherever planted and the flowers colours are strong. The plants that fill this category are Petunia Surfinia, Nemesia (Primary Colours) Diascia (Red and Purple) Brachycome (Blue) Mimulus, Taggettes (Up market Marigolds) and Bidens with log trails of bright yellow that is complimented by ferny foliage.
The Impressive camp can’t be beaten in structure shape and masses of strong colour displays they bring to the garden like Begonias because “they last so long, sometimes in to late October, they even can manage without watering for a while. If you forget or are on a short holiday, they are remarkably good and reviving themselves and manage shade”
As well as Begonias the Impressives are made up of Geraniums, Busy Lizzies, Ice Plants, Felicia and Gazania. Planting would normally be held off for the Impressives until late May early with the June Bank holiday being the ideal time. Always make sure to prepare the soil with a suitable feed two to three days in advance as Bedding plants are very hungry and ensure the soil is damp as well.
Geraniums, Begonias and Busy Lizzies need no introduction. Ice Plants are from the Mesembrtyanthemum family, they are also; go by the name “Livingstone Daisy”. There fleshy stems produce daisy like flowers in an astonishing array of colours they need a warm location though to thrive. Avoid cold damp or shady areas to avoid disappointment.
Felicia “The Kingfisher Daisy” is a must, if you have a sandy exposed seaside garden; it is worth seeking out for its daisy type flower with magnificent yellow centred Kingfisher blue flowers on a low growing plant with the flowers on short 15cm stems.
Gazania”s are low growing and simply stunning, the centres of the flowers are offset by dark complex coloured rings, and are available in almost every colour. The mauves and white are worth seeking out. A sunny location is required but Gazania will tolerate drought and is another that will thrive in a seaside garden.