TIP OF THE WEEK: The best bedding plant
for planting in the shade this time of year is cyclamen.
Considered a summer bedding plant
, vinca grows best when it is planted before the end of spring.
Lately I have been marveling at a certain wax begonia (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum), used ubiquitously as a bedding plant
This tough bedding plant
grows easily from seed to a height of nearly 2 feet.
Among these are a spring bedding plant
called lineria, and the upright spikes of flowers such as delphinium and foxglove.
The only saddness is a much loved bedding plant
, the busy lizzy, impatiens, can't take part, or at best will have a very minor role.
The fibrous rooted Begonia semperflorens has been a popular bedding plant
for many years and, because it is unaffected by any pests or diseases, can flower all summer long, without anything other than good watering and feeding - it doesn't even need dead-heading
Let's start with the Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule), a long-lasting winter and spring bloomer, the ultimate bedding plant
IMPATIENS walleriana, commonly known as Busy Lizzy, has in the last 30 years come from nowhere to be the nation''s favourite summer bedding plant
because of its outstanding ability to flower continuously throughout the summer without the need for deadheading.
If you wish, just let the carnation wander through your garden bed, its attractive blue-green stems and leaves a pleasant complement to the multicolored foliage of sun coleus, for example, and also to the blue-gray stems and leaves of stock, which is another bedding plant
for this time of year.
Which bedding plant
will be number one for 1993 is easy to predict, according to Larry Schmidt, a Swanton, Ohio, grower who is chairman of the Ohio Vegetable and Potato Growers public relations committee.
It's another good reason to do your bit to halt the dramatic decline of the bedding plant