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Summer Bedding

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Apr 24, 2017
Calendula

Spring displays are already in full swing in all gardens around the country but as the weather gets brighter and drier it is time to start turning your attention towards summer and giving your garden an injection of summer colour.                   

One of the best ways to do this is with summer bedding plants. With the wide range of plants on offer it is easy to find something vibrant to add to the garden or to work in any blank spot in the garden. Often as well, if you buy your bedding plants as young plants and grow them on yourself, it can work out as very cost effective way to change the appearance of your garden or out outdoor space.

As there is such a wide range of different summer bedding plants on sale in Ireland it means you can really have fun with them and experiment with different planting combinations each year.  And judging by the conversations I have been having with customers coming in CountryLife over the last few weeks an awful lot of people are looking at hardy summer bedding plants to do just this in their own gardens.

Without fail though certain bedding plants will always remain popular with gardeners just because they are so reliable and they offer such great floral displays during the summer months. Sweetpea is one of these very plants that every gardener that I have spoken to seems to have a soft spot for. Let alone the lovely flowers they produce but the scent of some of them would make you want to have a garden filled with sweetpea in mid-summer.

Similarly stock flowers are very popular for their long lasting flowers and the fantastic scent they give off. It is particularly good planted up near a patio where you can enjoy the fantastic aroma late in to the evening. Calendula or marigold depending on which name you prefer to call it is another very reliable flower for bright colour that last throughout the entire summer season.

Calendula is also a great plant to collect seeds from once the flowers have finished. In my own garden towards the end of the summer I left the last few flowers go to seed and then fall to the ground. Doing this can give you a very natural effect the following year as the flowers start to spring up throughout your flowerbed.

Of course now is not only a good time to be planting summer bedding into your flowerbeds but it is also a goodtime to be getting window boxes and containers planted up for summer displays. Pansies and violas will always be extremely popular with gardeners for window boxes because if they are looked after and fed regularly will produce flowers throughout the entire summer.

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

We were shortlisted for Best Lifestyle Blog in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016 Company Category.