The knee-high Beddingwith its 2 in. blooms has to look up to its tall and illustrious cousin the Border , with which can be as large as dinner plates. The lowly varieties should not be regarded as poor relations, however, as they are as bright and long-lasting as anything in the flower border. Dead-head faded blooms but do not disbud the plants.
VARIETIES: The old favourites are the ‘Coltness Hybrids’ – 1.5 ft. very free-flowering single blooms in a wide colour range. If you want doubleand a more compact plant, pick ‘Rigoletto’, the bronze-leaved ‘Redskin’ or the early-flowering ‘Figaro’. ‘Dandy’ (2 ft) has collerette flowers – large petals with an inner collar of quilled petals.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil, but medium or heavy land is preferred. Choose a sunny spot.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 1-2 ft.
Spacing: 1 ft.
Flowering period: July-November.
PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique . Tubers may be lifted and overwintered for planting next year.