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Summer Bedding - Which Ones Do You Love?

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As you know, I am not a huge fan of summer bedding plants. I do use them, but not in any organised way. I tend to just buy a few when I need them to fill up gaps. There are a lot of them that I don’t like….French Marigolds are probably my least favourite flowers. But there are a few that I really love. I love snapdragons and today I pricked out a good few seedlings of a pure white one for my white garden. Another favourite of mine is Nemesia. I picked up three nice ones recently in Tescos. The photo below is of one of them. I do like Pansies and Violas, and I think they are the ones I buy most often because they are just so useful for pots and they flower so early and for so long. Anyway, which ones do you favour? And do you grow your own from seed, or buy in trays?

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I have a small bed outside the patio doors in the living room where I used to grow busy lizzies (before downy mildew became a problem). It is now planted with heucheras

20 Apr, 2019

 

My standby is fibrous rooted begonias. In my north border they just keep going all summer regardless of weather conditions. Agree about snapdragons and nemesia but pansies don't do well here.

I used to grow busy Lizzies too but haven't tried the New Guinea hybrids.

20 Apr, 2019

 

Hi Andrew and Steragram. I like busy lizzies too. Begonias....hmm...sometimes. This year I am growing a hardy variety of impatiens and a hardy begonia too, so will see how that goes. I also have a big red trailing begonia which I overwintered in the greenhouse. They are great for shady spots aren’t they. What I love about begonias ..the bedding kind...is the fact they go on right to the frosts in the autumn.

21 Apr, 2019

 

I am trying something new this year - Senecio cineraria. I have a couple of large, raised planters for annuals, which I start from seed. They have legs, which I wrap in copper tape. Last year it was petunias (black), but I really don't care for the plant.

21 Apr, 2019

 

Would look quite nice with the senecio though Wylie! :)

21 Apr, 2019

 

Another tick for fibrous begonias, plus also the Non Stop variety of tuberous ones

This year I'm returning to busy lizzies, hearing breeders have sorted out the fungus problem with new selections.
Only just bought them from Morrison's, I'll let you know hwo they did later in the the year, still hardening off

21 Apr, 2019

 

I must admit that I like Marigolds, but something (slugs, rabbits, peacocks) always eat them and they never make into anything much. Why are Nemesias so expensive? they seem to be more expensive than other annuals, not that they are cheap these days. Must go back to growing from seed. Pansies and Violas are a memory thing - my Grandmother always grew them.

21 Apr, 2019

 

Your photos are lovely. For my long pots outside the kitchen window I favour begonia sempervirens. They need no care whatever and can stand dry conditions without complaint. Ideal plants if you take a summer holiday. No need to dehead them unlike the pansies or violas. I only grow them through the winter when they do not make seed.

21 Apr, 2019

 

bedding phlox, snapdragons, 10week/Brompton stock, clarkia, nigella[love in a mist] are my must haves but I also will use pelargoniums sometimes. funnily I have never liked the fibrous begonias, petunias nor godetia.

its fun to see what others like though isn't it.

21 Apr, 2019

 

Hi Karen, I’m not a big lover of bedding plants either. However, I have to say I love nemesia with its lovely scent.
Nice pics!

21 Apr, 2019

 

Like you, I love Nemesia, and usually buy plug plants. In March I also buy plugs of Verbena (which flowers all summer), Petunias, Fuchsias and Bacopa. I grow Cosmos from seed, and Gypsophilia 🙂

22 Apr, 2019

 

Oh yes, Bacopa...love that! :)

22 Apr, 2019

 

Well after spending most of my gardening life disliking bedding plants....we now tend to put in a selection...
begonia rex for the exotic leaves in the jungle, have also gone with a flowering one this year....cosmos, nemesia, pelargoniums, argyranthemums, any kind of daisy flower osteospernums ...trailing lobelia, verbena, fuchsia, busy lizzies, calibrachoa, coleus to name but a few, there will be no ricin or Tithonia this year, which we normally grow..... which we have used as bedding in the past....

24 Apr, 2019

 

Wow! You have really become a bedding fan Angela, but I can see why. In a garden with the intensity of planting and variety that you have at Spindles, they are a great help. I notice that they are always popular in jungle and tropical type gardens...especially the Begonia Rex. If I ever moved South I think I would like a tropical garden. I love them!

24 Apr, 2019

 

You can still have a tropical effect using hardy plants Karen. Fatsia japonica and bergenia immediately spring to mind with their large leaves

24 Apr, 2019

 

Yes Andrew that's true, you can. The Fatsia doesn't do well here because of the winds, but if ever I had to move south....:)

25 Apr, 2019

 

You cannot leave that beautiful garden Karen!!

28 Apr, 2019

 

No....I don't think I can Angela! :)

28 Apr, 2019

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