This is a rather loose term employed by gardeners to cover almost any flower used for temporary planting. Bedding plants may be hardy annuals, half-hardy annuals, biennials or perennials. Herbaceous borders should be retained for the taller plants like delphiniums, aconitums, Michaelmas daisies, helianthus and so on, of which there are enough to provide a display from spring to autumn. A selection of plants suitable for bedding is given below. These and others are described elsewhere alphabetically.

Spring Bedding:

Suitable plants include: cheiranthus, arabis (double white form), aubrietia, Myosotis (forget-me-not), bcllis (daisy), Brompton stock, pansy, polyanthus, primrose, viola, wallflower. Many bulbs are equally useful, notably crocus, daffodil, hyacinth, muscari, tulip.

Summer Bedding:

The range of plants is immense. Here is a brief selection by colour of flowers or foliage.

Yellow & Orange: Antirrhinum, begonia, calceolaria, calendula, dahlia, gladiolus, nasturtium, stock, tagetes, viola.

Red: Antirrhinum, coleus, dahlia, dianthus Red Bedder, fuchsia, Japanese pinks, nasturtium, nemesia, nicotiana, pelargonium, salvia, pentstemon, sweet wivelsfield, verbena.

Pink: Aster, begonia, dahlia, dianthus Pink Bedder, fuchsia, gladiolus, Japanese pinks, larkspur, pelargonium, pentstemon, petunia, Phlox Drummondii, sweet wivelsficld, zinnia.

Blue, Lavender, Mauve, Violet and Purple: Ageratum, alyssum, aster, heliotrope, gladiolus, larkspur, lobelia, petunia, salvia, stock, verbena, viola.

White: Alyssum, antirrhinum, aster, nicotiana, pelargonium, petunia, salvia, verbena, viola.

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