Now that we’ve enjoyed the first week of hot weather, and it seems like higher temperatures might just be here to stay (for a while at least), it’s time to turn our attention to the humble bedding plant.

Love them or loathe them, bedding plants are a super easy way to make a big impact in your garden. Colourful, cheerful, with beautiful blooms to boot, common garden centre or supermarket bedding plants really are a cheap and easy way to add a little something extra to your garden.

Geraniums (or pelargoniums as they are properly known) are beautiful. They come in a variety of colours and you can even opt for trailing varieties to drape over a tall planter. Here at the Garden Style Company, we love bright red trailing geraniums pouring from our picket window boxes or weeping gently over a tall planter like our Collectors Square Planter. Geraniums are cheap as chips, cheerful little plants that are easy to care for and will treat you to colourful blooms all summer long.

Another super easy and very popular bedding plant is the marigold. These plants come in all sorts of colours at the red end of the colour wheel from the very palest of yellow, to the deepest of reds. You can buy single colour trays, or mix things up a bit by opting for a mixed selection. Marigolds will keep going right from early May through to the first frosts of autumn so they really do offer good value for money as well as bright pops of colour.

Lobelia is the final plant of our selection today. A popular and ubiquitous little annual that comes in a variety of colours and sizes, lobelia can be used on its own to fill in spaces in your borders, or as a useful complement to any planter design. Depending on which variety you opt for, lobelia can grow anywhere between about 5 inches, to around three feet. You can also go for whites, pinks, blues, and purples so it makes a really useful and versatile addition to any garden.

Where to put them
Bedding plants work really well in containers, hanging baskets, or in your borders. The varieties we’ve got for you here do like a good drink so make sure you remember to give them a good watering both on planting, and in your regular summer watering schedule. Always read the care label for further instructions too. Some plants can be very particular when it comes to light direction and soil preference. As long as you follow the care instructions though, you should be fine.

If you’re planning on using them in your hanging baskets, make sure to add water retaining crystals to your soil mix so you get the most out of them. You can also add crystals to your containers as well to make sure your blooms keep blooming all summer long.

So, wherever you plan on using your fresh batch of bedding plants, as long as you water them well and keep them free from any slug munching, you should be in line for perfect, beautiful blooms all summer long – enjoy!