Plant Me Now Launches Premium Summer Bedding Plant Range
LONDON, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Much of Britain was basking in temperatures of over 20degree(s)C last week, meaning
the danger of frost has passed and it’s time to get outside and plant your garden for
summer. Online garden centre [http://www.plantmenow.co.uk ] Plant Me Now has worked
closely with the best breeders of summer bedding plants to find varieties with brighter
colours, longer flowering times and better weather tolerance. After trialling thousands of
varieties, the best 150 are now available to buy online. Plant Me Now’s gardening
consultant, Tim Milward, gives his top five tips for getting the most from your bedding
1. Bedding plants are a great way to add instant colour to a garden as they’re
low-cost, fast-growing and have long flowering periods. At the end of the season, replace
them with winter flowering bedding for a colourful outdoor space all year round.
2. Summer bedding plants make great gap fillers in flowerbeds but also work
brilliantly in hanging baskets and containers where you can mix a combination of upright
and trailing varieties. Adding a taller plant like a fuchsia or dahlia as a centrepiece
creates a great focal point, while mixing bright, bold, large flowers with smaller,
subtler lighter flowers gives a stunning effect.
3. Attract bees and butterflies by choosing brightly coloured, large flowering bedding
plants. Bees like to get to the centre of the flower so avoid ‘double’ flowers and plant
bedding with ‘daisy-like’ flowers instead. Bright orange and yellow flowers attract pests
like aphids, so planting marigolds or nasturtiums on an allotment will draw aphids away
from your valuable vegetable plants.
4. Water bedding plants first thing in the morning or early evening to ensure you
avoid watering in bright sunlight. Deadhead regularly and remove faded flowers – this way
nutrients the plants are taking in will be used to produce new flowers rather than feeding
finished ones. Choosing a food that’s high in potash will help promote flowering, while
nitrogen will encourage the plants to get large and bushy. Get quick results by feeding
regularly with a liquid or soluble feed, or use a slow-release feed once at the beginning
of the season.
5. Most bedding plants will have been grown in greenhouses from around March. The low
light levels this year have caused flowers to be a little late and if the greenhouse is
unheated then growth may be behind by a few weeks. Don’t panic if you have no flowers yet
- a week or two of June sunshine should easily help the plants catch up if they’re behind.
Tim adds: “At Plant Me Now we’ve put together a range of ready-to-plant summer bedding
plants [http://www.plantmenow.co.uk/plants/bedding/summer-bedding-plants.aspx ] that are
going to perform fantastically, including varieties that are now available in the UK for
the very first time. All ‘premium’ ranges arrive in a 7cm pot and are ready to burst into
flower right away. Unlike traditional plug plants, our ‘must have’ range are grown in a
glued plug – this helps hold the compost together and protect delicate roots while
retaining water for longer so they arrive with customers in the same condition they were
If you need advice on what to choose for your garden, Plant Me Now’s team of
horticultural experts can help you find the right plants by phone, email, Facebook or
Twitter – visit http://www.plantmenow.co.uk for more information.
SOURCE Plant Me Now