Showy Colorful Bedding Plants
Bedding plants are showy plants which are grown in containers and greenhouses and designed to be transplanted when they are mature. Bedding plants add colour and texture to flower beds and borders. Popular varieties are easy to care for and bloom or maintain showy foliage continuously throughout the summer. Gardeners use bedding plants to create a display of flowers or foliage quickly. Some gardeners like to grow their own bedding plants, while others purchase them from nurseries when they have need for colorful, interesting plants. Typically, displays of bedding plants start appearing in the spring, and nurseries will sell them into the summer months. Annuals are commonly used as bedding plants, but it’s also perfectly acceptable to use perennials or biennials for a longer lasting display. The plants are generally chosen because they have showy flowers or foliage. The term “bedding” comes from the fact that these plants are often arranged in flower beds, but bedding plants can also be grown in hanging containers, ornamental pots, and window boxes just as easily.
Marigolds, sweet William, petunias, primroses, snapdragons, salvias, pansies, violets, cyclamen, chrysanthemums, sage, lantana, alyssum, strawberries, and many others can be used as bedding plants. Gardeners can array these plants in an assortment of ways, and by pinching flowers back as they grow old, a gardener can often keep them in bloom for weeks or months, while maintaining a neat appearance in the process.