This is a rather loose term employed by gardeners to cover almost any flower used for temporary planting. Bedding plants may be hardy, half-hardy annuals, 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 from spring to autumn. A selection of plants suitable for bedding is given below. These and others are described elsewhere alphabetically.
Suitable plants include: cheiranthus, arabis (double white form), aubrietia, Myosotis (forget-me-not), bcllis (daisy), Brompton stock, pansy, polyanthus, primrose,, wallflower. Many bulbs are equally useful, notably crocus, daffodil, , , tulip.
The range of plants is immense. Here is a brief selection by colour ofor foliage.
Yellow & Orange: Antirrhinum,, calceolaria, calendula, dahlia, , nasturtium, stock, tagetes, viola.
Red: Antirrhinum, coleus, dahlia, dianthus Red Bedder, fuchsia, Japanese pinks, nasturtium, nemesia, nicotiana, pelargonium, salvia, pentstemon, sweet wivelsfield, verbena.
Pink:, begonia, dahlia, dianthus Pink Bedder, fuchsia, gladiolus, Japanese pinks, larkspur, pelargonium, pentstemon, petunia, Phlox Drummondii, sweet wivelsficld, zinnia.
Blue,, 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.