Bedding plants includes annuals and perennial plant species that provide
seasonal colour in your garden. They can be planted in a bed or in a border,
in a hanging basket, or in containers.
If you want to plant up a bed, you need to consider the height of plants
– tallest in the centre and shortest on the edge. Similarly, in
a border, plant the tallest ones at the back and the shortest ones at
Planning your bedding scheme
Allow plenty of time to plan your scheme ahead. It is a good idea to
decide on a colour theme for your bedding display. You can use a colour
wheel to help you work out what colours mix well together. You also need
to consider the size of the area. Again consider the height of plants.
Things to consider:
Aim to have two displays a year.
Spring beds (plant out in mid March-early April)
Summer beds (plant out in late October-early November)
The season will dictate what you can plant.
The site will also influence what plants will do well in that area:
Hot, dry, sunny beds
Summer bedding: choose plants such as gazania and
geranium Spring bedding: choose wallflowers,
stocks and pansy
Cold damp shady beds
Summer bedding: choose begonia and lobelia Spring bedding: choose kale, polyanthus, pansy and
Note: Bedding plants on the whole do best in well-drained
soils with a high content of humus.
Integrated Garden Management (IGM)
strategies for growing bedding plants
Integrated Garden Management (IGM) is a set of techniques used to control
pest and disease without harming the environment or causing risks to human
So what does IGM mean for bedding plants grown in the home garden?
A good rule to go by is to try to prevent pests and diseases and to
deal with them quickly if you do observe them
To minimise pests and diseases make sure the bed or border is cleared
of all plant rubbish (fallen leaves may be infected with rust, etc.)
before cultivating the soil
Choose plants that are suitable for the soil and location
Buy only healthy plants, or if sowing your own seed make sure the
seed is good quality. Plant out at the right time and the right way.
Fertilising and watering plants correctly will help to produce healthy