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Grow the best Summer Bedding Plants

Treat yourself this summer with a splash of colour that will last for months. Seedlings or bedding plants for summer will last through the next four to six months making them really great value for money.

When planting your summer colour prepare the soil well by digging in liberal compost and add wonder organic seedling food. A sprinkling of cutworm bait after planting will ensure you don't lose any. Regular feeding with Multifeed will keep them looking great!

Some of our recommendations for summer

For full sun the Marigold is one of the world's most popular annual bedding plants. They are easy to grow and flower throughout the summer. They vary in size and in flower shape and colour. To keep your plant in bloom longer, deadhead often, or remove spent flower heads. There is a wide range of varieties, from miniature plants that are smaller than a foot, to giant varieties that can grow up to four feet tall. Marigold plants have a pungent odour that repels most insects; plant them around the flower beds as a natural insect repellent.

It's no wonder Petunias continue to rank among the most popular flowering annuals. They're bright and lively, bloom from spring until frost and scent the air with a lovely fragrance. Best of all, they're amazingly easy to grow, both in the garden and in containers. The most important requirement for growing petunias successfully is at least five or six hours of good sunlight; they'll perform even better when located in full sun all day. Water wise means petunias do not like to be overwatered. Watering once a week is all that is required to keep them looking great.

Colour in the shade is easy. After the disappointments with common impatiens dying before December over the past few years we recommend Divine Impatiens. The Divine Impatiens are resistant to the impatiens downy mildew which kills the common impatiens. Excellent for our climate Divine Impatiens establish quickly for the best early-season colour and shine in hanging baskets and containers. These exceptionally good performers are compact and produce masses of flowers all season, especially when it's hot!

As an alternative in shade and semi-shade we recommend Begonias. These plants are durable and will tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. The easy-care begonia is self-cleaning, meaning the old blooms make way for new ones without the need for dead heading and they continue to bloom all Summer. There are a number of new varieties this summer but our favourites are the common begonias and the spectacular Dragon Wing.

One-of-a-kind Dragon Wing Begonias are a whole lot more than your typical begonia bedding plant. Tall growing with arching stems they are very versatile. Be sure to try them in baskets, window boxes or balcony boxes and patio planters. Of course, garden beds are a terrific choice. Dragon Wing grows best in partial sun conditions and they can be grown in full morning sun with afternoon shade.

Divine impatiens Begonias