When To Plant Bedding Plants

Summer Bedding Plants

The vast majority of bedding plants are half-hardy annuals which are raised from seed for a summer display. This type of plant is sensitive to frost so it is necessary for commercial growers to raise them in greenhouses and then they go on sale to the general public to plant in their gardens when the risk of frost has passed.

Traditionally most gardeners here in the UK have planted their bedding plants out during the second May bank holiday weekend. I believe its the combination of a nation of DIY enthusiasts and the Chelsea Flower Show on TV the same week that springs everyone into action in their garden.

Though saying that I am sitting here writing this post on a bitterly cold day in mid-April with geraniums already on sale due to the sheer number of requests from customers. But I haven’t had many takers with how cold it is and the fact that we have had a frost nearly every night this week.

It’s a trend I am noticing that more and more people ask for bedding plants earlier every year, but these half-hardy annuals simply do not like the cold and are much better off being left undercover until it is the right time to plant them.

Below is a list of bedding plants to plant out when the danger of frost has passed and for you to enjoy all summer long.

Ageratum

Ageratum

A classic bedding plant that is, unfortunately, losing its popularity. Most varieties form neat moulds about 15-25cm (6-10in) in height, with hairy leaves covered with clusters of powder-puff flowers.

The most popular colours are blue and mauve, while the white varieties turn an unpleasant brown colour with age and the pink ones have never caught on with the public.

Flowering periodJune- October
Where to plantAny adequate garden soil in sun or light shade
Height15-45cm (6-18in)
Spacing:15-23cm (6-9in)
PropagationSow in February in gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Alyssum

Alyssum

A plant that for generations been a popular bedding partner with blue lobelia. Alyssum forms compact cushions covered with tiny, honey-scented flowers.

Flowering PeriodJune-September
Where to plantThe soil should be well-drained in full sun
Height8-15cm (3-6in)
Spacing23cm (9in)
PropagationSow in February under glass, plant out in mid-May

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Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)

Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)

Antirrhinums are really a perennial plant which can withstand short periods of frost but is usually grown as half-hardy annual.

When the plant is about 3 inches high, pinch out the growing points to encourage bushiness.

Flowering PeriodJune-October
Where to plantAny well-drained soil in a sunny spot
Height10-90cm (4-36in)
Spacing15-30cm (6-12in)
PropagationSow seed in February in gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Aster

Aster

Callistephus is generally listed as Aster and there is a single species (Callistephus chinensis) from which a vast array of varieties has been developed.

Colours range from white to near black, heights range from 15cm (6in) moulds to 90cm (36in) highly widely-branching leafy plants.

Asters are also known as September flower because their peak blooming time is late August to late September.

Flowering periodJuly-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered spot
Height15-90cm (6-36in)
Spacing23-45cm (9-18in)
PropagationSow seed in March in gentle heat, plant out in May

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Bacopa

Bacopa

One of the new generation of bedding plants which was not seen before the 90s. It is now one of the most popular hanging basket plants with the public.

It has a semi-trailing and is an attractive foil to separate larger and brighter bedding plants such as Busy Lizzies, Begonias and Petunias.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil in full sun or partial shade
Height10-30cm (4-12in)
Spacing45cm (18in)
PropagationTake stem cuttings in spring, plant out in late May

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Begonia

Begonia

There are two types of Begonia’s, the common fibrous-rooted bedding Begonia and the tuberous-rooted Begonia which is more commonly known as a Non-Stop Begonia.

Begonia’s are one of the only plants to rival Busy Lizzies as a source of colour in shade and under trees.

Flowering periodJune-September
Where to plantThrives best in humus-rich soil and partial shade
Height30cm (12in)
Spacing15-30cm (6-12in)
PropagationSow seeds in January in gentle heat, plant out in early June

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Bidens

Bidens

Bidens are a trailing plant which is one of the new generation of bedding plants introduced in the 1990s.

It is mainly used for decorating the sides of hanging baskets, with its ferny foliage and large starry flowers.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil, thrives in sun or light shade
Height45-60cm (18-24in)
Spacing30-45cm (12-18in)
PropagationTake cuttings in spring, plant out in late May

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Brachycome

Brachycome

This little-known Australian plant is ideal for hanging baskets. This compact plant bears masses of Daisy-like flowers which are sweetly fragrant.

Flowering periodJune-September
Where to plantFree draining soil, shelter from prevailing winds
Height23-38cm (9-15in)
Spacing23-30cm (9-12in)
PropagationSow seeds in March under glass, plant out in May

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Calceolaria (Slipper Flower)

Calceolaria (Slipper Flower)

This Victorian favourite declined in popularity after French Marigolds took over as the standard golden bedding plants, but with the appearance of the F1 hybrids this has changed and now you can have masses of pouched flowers on neat seed-raised plants all summer long.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantAny reasonable soil in sun or light shade
Height20-38cm (8-15in)
Spacing23cm (9in)
PropagationSow in January-March, plant out in late May

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Celosia

Celosia

Celosia is best known as a showy house plant, but it will serve as a bold bedding plant if planted in a sunny and sheltered position.

Flowering periodJuly-September
Where to plantThe soil must not be heavy and the site should be warm and sunny
Height23-105cm (9-41in)
Spacing23-45cm (9-18in)
PropagationSow seeds in February-March, plant out in early June

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Coleus

Coleus

Grown for its decorative foliage and not for the insignificant blue flowers it produces which should be removed when they appear.

Coleus is a useful plant in semi-shade where many flowering annuals would give disappointing results.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil in sun or partial shade
Height15-45cm (6-18in)
Spacing15-30cm (6-12in)
PropagationSow seeds in February-March, plant out in late May

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Dahlia

Dahlia

Few bedding plants provide such a bright and long-lasting display. The autumn display that Dahlia’s produce is especially welcome when many bedding plants have reached the end of their flowering life.

Flowering periodJuly-October
Where to plantWell-drained fertile soil is needed in a sunny position
Height30-60cm (12-24in)
Spacing30cm (12in)
PropagationSow seeds in March, plant out in late May

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Diascia

Diascia

Diascia came into fashion in the hanging basket boom of the 90s, it had been around before then but nobody took much notice of it.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil, thrives best in full sun
Height25-45cm (10-18in)
Spacing30cm (12in)
PropagationSow seeds in March, plant out in late May

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Echium (Viper’s Bugloss)

Echium (Viper’s Bugloss)

If your flower beds are in an open sunny position and the soil drains freely then this unusual variety is well worth considering.

The fragrant upturned bells it produces are attractive to bees.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil, in a sunny spot
Height23-30cm (9-12in)
Spacing23cm (9in)
PropagationSow seeds in March and prick out into pots, plant out in May

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Fuchsia

Fuchsia

Fuchsias are one of the prettiest but not the easiest of bedding plants. Dead-heading is necessary if the flowers are not to be borne in distinct flushes, and watering in dry weather is essential.

Flowering periodJuly-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil, thrives in sun or light shade
Height30-60cm (12-24in)
Spacing45cm (18in)
PropagationTake softwood cuttings in spring or summer

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Gaillardia

Gaillardia

Annual Gaillardia produces large blooms that have a long flowering period and makes an excellent plant to cuttings from.

Flowering periodJuly-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil, thrives in sun or light shade
Height30-75cm (12-30in)
Spacing23-45cm (9-18in)
PropagationSow seeds in March under gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Gazania

Gazania

The splash of colour Gazinas produce on a sunny day is almost unrivalled in the bedding plant world. Each Daisy-like flower bears petals which arch backwards to reveal the central dark-coloured ring around the disc.

Flowering periodJuly-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil in full sun is essential
Height20-38cm (8-15in)
Spacing30cm (12in)
PropagationSow seeds in February under gentle heat, plant out in May

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Glechoma (Trailing Nepeta)

Glechoma (Trailing Nepeta)

As a house-plant, this trailer was known as Ground Ivy and never became popular. Now it has moved outside as a bedding plant and is now the number one choice if you want a small-leaved foliage plant to drape down the sides of a hanging basket.

Where to plantAny reasonable soil will do, thrives best in full sun
Length90cm (36in)
Spacing30-60cm (12-24in)
PropagationTake cuttings in spring

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Godetia

Godetia

Godetia produces large flowers that have fluted, papery petals and are borne freely although the flowering season is quite short.

Flowering periodJuly-September
Where to plantThrives in slightly acid soil in a sunny spot
Height20-60cm (8-24in)
Spacing23-30cm (9-12in)
PropagationSow seeds under glass in March and plant out in mid-May.

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Gomphrena

Gomphrena

Gomphrena is not often seen and you are not likely to find it in a garden centre, but it is worth raising from seed if you like dried flowers.

Flowering periodJuly-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil, thrives best in full sun
Height15-60cm (6-24in)
Spacing15-30cm (6-12in)
PropagationSow seeds in gentle heat in February, plant out in late May

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Gypsophila

Gypsophila

Contrast is an essential feature in design and these sprays of tiny flowers above fine grey-green foliage are used to provide contrast in both flower arranging and flower beds outside.

Flowering periodJuly-October
Where to plantWell-drain soil in a sunny spot
Height20-45cm (8-18in)
Spacing: 30cm (12in)
PropagationSow seeds under glass in February, plant out in May

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Helianthus (Sunflower)

Helianthus (Sunflower)

Giant Sunflowers have been loved for generations by children, but only Jack of the beanstalk fame could regard the coarse growth as attractive. For general display, it is better to choose one of the more compact varieties which are usually more colourful and have flowers at a level where they can be seen at close quarters.

Flowering perioJuly-October
Where to plantAny reasonable soil in a sunny position
Spacing30-90cm (12-36in)
PropagationSow seeds in March in gentle heat, plant out in May.

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Helichrysum (Straw Flower)

Helichrysum (Straw Flower)

The flowers have a distinct Double Daisy look, but there is an important difference, true petals are found only at the centre of each flower – the display comes from the surrounding petal-like bracts.

A non-flowering but popular Helichrysum is H. petiolatum which is used as an edging plant for summer hanging baskets.

Flowering periodJuly-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil in full sun.
Height30cm (12in)
Spacing30cm (12in)
PropagationSow seeds in March under gentle heat, plant out in May

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Heliotropium (Heliotrope)

Heliotropium (Heliotrope)

A hundred years ago you would have found Heliotrope or Cherry Pie as it is more commonly known in countless gardens, but not now. It lives on in park bedding schemes, grown as a half-hardy annual when it is actually a perennial shrub.

Flowering periodJune-September
Where to plantWell-drained soil in full sun
Height30-45cm (12-18in)
Spacing30cm (12in)
PropagationSow seeds in February in gentle heat, plant out in early June

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Iberis (Candytuft)

Iberis (Candytuft)

Iberis is one of the easiest and most tolerant of all bedding plants. It is usually sown in autumn or spring where it is to flower but can be raised indoors for planting out in May.

Flowering periodMay-September
Where to plantWell-drained soil in full sun
Height15-38cm (6-15in)
Spacing23cm (9in)
PropagationSow seeds in March under glass, plant out in May

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Impatiens (Busy Lizzie)

Busy Lizzie

One of the most popular if not the most popular bedding plant here in the UK. No other bedding plant comes quite close enough to providing solid sheets of colour for months on end like Busy Lizzies, even when planted under trees or in a damp shady position. Shade isn’t essential for Busy Lizzies though, they stay in flower in full sun during hot weather too.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil in full sun or partial shade
Height15-45cm (6-18in)
Spacing15-23cm (6-9in)
Propagationetter to buy small seedlings for potting on. Plant out in late May

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Lantana (Yellow Sage)

Lantana (Yellow Sage)

Lantana is one of the rarities of this list of bedding plants. It is not rare because it is difficult to grow, it has just failed to achieve recognition as a bedding plant as well as a house plant.

Flowering periodJune-September
Where to plantWell-drained soil in full sun.
Height45-75cm (18-30in)
Spacing45cm (18in)
PropagationSow seeds in early spring, plant out in mid-June

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Larkspur (Annual Delphinium)

Larkspur (Annual Delphinium)

The Annual Delphinium is a relative of the tall stately Delphiniums found in herbaceous borders. The range of colours is equally wide but the plant and the flower size are smaller.

Flowering periodJune-August
Where to plantWell-drained soil in full sun or partial shade
Height23-120cm (9-48in)
Spacing30-45cm (12-18in)
PropagationSow seeds in March and prick out into pots, plant out in May

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Lavatera (Annual Mallow)

Lavatera (Annual Mallow)

Plant breeders have transformed this old cottage garden plant into a splendid bushy annual which is bold enough and bright enough to hold its own in a mixed border amidst showy perennial plants.

Flowering periodJune-September
Where to plantWell-drained soil in full sun or partial shade
Height60-120cm (24-48in)
Spacing60cm (24in)
PropagationSow seeds in March and prick out into pots, plant out in May

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Limnanthes (Poached Egg Flower)

Limnanthes (Poached Egg Flower)

Limnanthes is slowly becoming a popular bedding plant but is still not a best seller. Its ferny leaves are attractive and the flowers are borne in very large numbers which are attractive to wildlife.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil, thrives in a sunny spot
Height15cm (6in)
Spacing15cm (6in)
PropagationSow seeds in February under glass, plant out in May

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Limonium (Statice)

Limonium (Statice)

A flower arranging favourite, modern varieties of Statice are showy and can be used in bedding schemes.

Flowering periodJuly-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil in a sunny spot.
Height30-60cm (12-24in)
Spacing30cm (12in)
PropagationSow seeds in February in gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Lobelia

Lobelia

Lobelia has been the UK’s favourite edging plant for generations. The low mounds that Lobelia forms is a basic feature of the summer garden scene.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantWell-fed and moist soil is preferred, thrives in sun or light shade.
Height10-15cm (4-6in)
Spacing15cm (6in)
PropagationSow seeds in January in gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Lupinus (Annual Lupin)

Lupinus (Annual Lupin)

This cottage garden favourite is known to everyone as herbaceous perennial, so the idea of growing Lupins as a bedding plant may seem strange.

But annual Lupins are well worth giving a try as they provide daintiness their perennial relatives cannot provide.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantWell-drained acid soil is preferred, thrives in sun or light shade
Height30-75cm (12-30in)
Spacing30-45cm (12-18in)
PropagationSow seeds in February in gentle heat, plant out in May

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Marigold

Marigold

French Marigolds are the most popular source of oranges and yellows for bedding plant schemes here in the UK.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantAny reasonable soil will do, thrives in full-sun
Height15-90cm (6-36in)
Spacing15-45cm (6-18in)
PropagationSow seeds in February in gentle heat, plant out in May

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Mesembryanthemum (Livingstone Daisy)

Mesembryanthemum (Livingstone Daisy)

The glistening flowers that are produced look like large daisies that come in array of colours. The blooms of this South African plant do not open unless the sun is shining.

Flowering periodJune-September
Where to plantSoil should be well-drained and sandy, in a sunny position
Height10-15cm (4-6in)
Spacing20cm (8in)
PropagationSow seeds in March under gentle heat, plant out in May

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Mimulus (Monkey Flower)

Mimulus (Monkey Flower)

Mimulus are an ideal solution to provide yellow and bright oranges in shaded beds that get little sun and north-facing patios.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantIn soil that is not allowed to dry out is essential
Height15-30cm (6-12in)
Spacing23cm (9in)
PropagationSow seeds in March in gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Myosotis (Forget-Me-Not)

Myosotis (Forget-Me-Not)

For generations tulips growing above a blue carpet of forget-me-nots have been a basic feature of UK gardens in springtime.

Flowering periodApril-May
Where to plantAny reasonable soil will do, thrives in light shade
Height15-45cm (6-18in)
Spacing15-30cm (6-12in)
PropagationSow seeds in May or June, plant out in the autumn

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Nemesia

Nemesia

Nemesia has long been a popular bedding plant here in the UK because of its many uses in borders, containers and hanging baskets.

Flowering periodJune-September
Where to plantAny reasonable soil will do, thrives in sun or light shade
Height23-30cm (9-12in)
Spacing15cm (6in)
PropagationSow seeds in March in gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Nicotiana (Tobacco Plant)

Nicotiana (Tobacco Plant)

Tobacco plants are mainly grown in gardens because of the intense fragrance they give off in the evening.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantAny reasonable soil will do, thrives in sun or light shade
Height23-90cm (9-36in)
Spacing23-45cm (9-18in)
PropagationSow seeds in March in gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Osteospermum

Osteospermum

Osteospermum have become increasingly popular in the UK over the years. A native to South Africa and is a member of the daisy family that comes in a variety of colours.

Flowering periodJune-September
Where to plantAny well-drained soil will do, a sunny location is essential
Height30-60cm (12-24in)
Spacing30cm (12in)
PropagationSow seeds in March in gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Pansy

Pansy

With right care and choice of variety it is quite possible to have pansies in flower every month of the year, but as a winter-early spring flowering plant is where it has few rivals.

Flowering periodJanuary-December
Where to plantAny reasonable soil in sun or partial shade
Height15-23cm (6-9in)
Spacing23-30cm (9-12in)
PropagationSummer pansies can be sown in February-April under glass and planted out in May. Winter pansies can be sown in June-July and planted out in autumn.

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Pelargonium (Geranium)

Pelargonium (Geranium)

Geraniums are a hugely popular bedding plant here in the UK due to the lack of care needed and their longevity.

Because of their popularity we have a blog post dedicated to them click here

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantAny reasonable soil will do, thrives in sun or light shade
Height15-45cm (6-18in)
Spacing23-30cm (9-12in)
PropagationTake cuttings in July-August and grow on in a cool greenhouse until the danager of frost has passed.

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Petunia

Petunia

Petunias are one of the most popular bedding plants here in the UK and come in a wide range of flower colours and sizes, they can be used in borders, containers and hanging baskets.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantAny well-drained soil will do, in a sunny position
Height15-45cm (6-18in)
Spacing23-30cm (9-12in)
PropagationSow seeds in January-March under glass, plant out in May

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Rudbeckia (Cone Flower)

Rudbeckia (Cone Flower)

Rudbeckia is one of several bedding plants which bear large daisy-like flowers in yellow or orange, Its main feature is the prominent cone-shaped disc in the centre.

Flowering periodAugust-October
Where to plantAny well-drained soil will do, thrives in sun or light shade
Height20-90cm (8-36in)
Spacing30-60cm (12-24in)
PropagationSow seeds in February under glass, plant out in late May

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Salvia

Salvia

Salvia’s traditional use has always been to provide the red in red, white and blue bedding schemes.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantAny reasonable soil will do, thrives in full sun
Height15-75cm (6-30in)
Spacing23-45cm (9-18in)
PropagationSow seeds in February-March, plant out in late May

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Sanvitalia (Creeping Zinnia)

Sanvitalia (Creeping Zinnia)

Creeping zinnia is an excellent choice as a container or hanging basket plant.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantAny reasonable soil will do, thrives in full sun
Height15cm (6in)
Spacing30-45cm (12-18in)
PropagationSow seeds in March in gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Scaevola

Scaevola

Another bedding plant that came into prominence in the 1990s hanging basket boom.

Flowering periodJune-September
Where to plantAny reasonable soil will do, thrives in full sun
Length30cm (12in)
Spacing23-30cm (9-12in)
PropagationTake cuttings in summer, plant out in late May

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Schizanthus (Poor Man’s Orchid)

Schizanthus (Poor Man’s Orchid)

Schizanthus produces blooms that look like miniature orchids, and is regarded as an indoor plant but can be grown outdoors in planted in full sun and is sheltered from cold winds.

Flowering periodJuly-August
Where to plantA well-drained soil is essential, thrives best in full sun
Height20-45cm (8-18in)
Spacing23-30cm (9-12in)
PropagationSow seeds in pots in March, plant out in late May

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Stock

Stocks

Stocks are more commonly bought as a cut-flower rather than a bedding plant nowadays, but stocks have a great charm and a fragrance that fills the air.

Flowering periodApril-August
Where to plantWell-drained soil which is not acid thrives in full sun or light shade
Height30-90cm (12-36in)
Spacing23-45cm (9-18in)

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Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

Many varieties of sweet peas appeared in Victorian catalogues, but today the range is much greater. Of course the tall climbers remain the favourite group, but you can now buy knee-high and even dwarf varieties that don’t require support.

Flowering periodJune-September
Where to plantWell-drained soil in a sunny position
Height15-240cm (6in-8ft)
Spacing15-30cm (6-12in)
PropagationSow seeds outdoors in March-April

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Sweet William

Sweet William

Several types of dianthus are used as bedding plants, Sweet William are the variety that produce densely packed, flattened heads of sweet-smelling blooms.

Flowering periodMay-July
Where to plantWell-drained soil which is not acid in a sunny spot
Height15-60cm (6-24in)
Spacing23-30cm (9-12in)
PropagationSow seeds in March, plant out in late May

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Verbena

Verbena

Verbena produces small primrose-like flowers that are usually fragrant and white eyed. they can be used as a border, container or hanging basket plant due to the upright and trailing varieties available.

Flowering periodJune-October
Where to plantWell-drained soil in a sunny position
Height15-45cm (6-18in)
Spacing30cm (12in)
PropagationSow seeds in March in gentle heat, plant out in late May

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Viola

Viola

Violas are a small pansy-like plant which blooms for around 6 months. The flowers are less rounded than a pansy and some types are much more like a violet.

Flowering periodMarch-October
Where to plantAny reasonable soil in sun or partial shade
Height10-20cm (4-8in)
Spacing15cm (6in)
PropagationSow seeds in February-April under glass, plant out in May

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Zinnia

Zinnia

This daisy like flower is available in all colours apart from blue, but dislikes prolonged cool and wet weather.

Flowering periodJuly-October
Where to plantCompost-enriched soil, thrives best in full sun
Height25-75cm (10-30in)
Spacing15-45cm (6-18in)
PropagationSow seeds in pots in March in gentle heat, plant out in early June

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