If you are in love with gardening,then Autumn is the perfect time to plant out bedding plants for spring flowering. Winter bedding plants are often referred to as Spring bedding plants or even autumn bedding plants.
However there’s no need to get confused. Simply put, they are biennials or perennials, which are planted from September to November. Most common bedding plants flower throughout the winter during milder spells, before putting on a burst of vigorous growth in the spring.
Try planting winter bedding plants in beds, borders, containers, window boxes or hanging baskets for a welcome splash of color, when few other plants are in flower. Why not try planting spring bulbs underneath your bedding plants for something a bit different!
Take a look at our Top 10 favorite winter bedding plant ideas.
Pansy plants are so versatile and will bloom for far longer than any other winter flowering bedding plant. From autumn through to spring, pansies provide a welcome splash of color in beds, borders, containers, window boxes and hanging baskets!
They are available in many colors, including white, purple, blue, red, orange and yellow.Grow winter flowering pansies in a sunny or partially shaded position and dead-head regularly for continuous flowering.
Generally slightly smaller than Pansies, Viola plants produce an abundance of dainty flowers on neat compact growth for a more subtle display. As versatile as pansies, you can buy upright varieties such as Viola Sweetie,which are ideal for winter hanging baskets. Many violas often have a delightful sweet fragrance too.
A well-loved cottage garden bedding plant. Modern breeding has given us a plethora of new colors, sizes and improved flowering in primrose plants.
They start producing their rosettes of flowers from mid-winter on wards in a whole host of bright colors. Try this hardy perennial bedding plant in beds, borders, window boxes and containers to add sparkle to your garden on dull winter days.
Compact and bright, Polyanthus plants differ slightly to primroses in that the flowers are produced in umbels atop short, sturdy stems. As colorful as their cousins and with long-lasting flowers, Polyanthus are superb winter bedding plants for beds, borders, window boxes and containers.
Renowned for their sweet spring fragrance,wallflowers are a cottage garden favorite with a more relaxed habit than other winter bedding plants.
Traditionally planted in the autumn for flowers the following spring, there are now varieties that bloom in in the Autumn too!
Coping with even the poorest of soils, wallflower plants look great in beds, borders, containers and window boxes for a long-lasting, fragrant display.
Another cottage-garden favorite, Sweet William flowers are deliciously fragrant and borne on stiff, upright stems making them superb for cutting. Although Sweet William Plants are short-lived perennials, they are mostly grown as biennials, planted in the autumn for flowers from May to July. Ideal in beds, borders and containers.
A well known bedding plant for winter, these neat, upright biennials produce large, ruffled, strongly fragrant flower spikes from mid-spring through to mid-summer.
Over-wintering as a rosette of leaves,Stock Plants burst into life as the weather warms in spring and make a real impact when planted in large drifts through beds and borders, or in containers on the patio.
Available in an array of pretty pastel colors, Stock flowers are fantastic for cutting and will fill your house with a delicious sweet fragrance for up to a week.
Forget Me Not
This pretty winter bedding plant erupts with an abundance of dainty flowers in the spring and is the perfect partner for spring bulbs. Traditionally blue, Forget-me-not plants are also available in pink and white version.
Masses of tiny button flowers create a frothy effect in beds, borders and containers, and plants will happily self-seed for a continuous display in the garden every year.
Neat and compact, these hardy perennial daisies produce masses of round,blooms in pink, red or white.Ideal for massing in beds, borders, containers and window boxes, Bellis plants will keep on flowering right through the spring, representing excellent value for money.
A true winter-flowering plant, Cyclamen Coum will fill your garden with color even on the dullest January and February days.
A more subtle winter-flowering bedding plant, Cyclamen’s dainty nodding flowers with re-flexed petals, and attractive marbled leaves, pair well with snowdrops, evergreen grasses, box and trailing ivy. Grow Cyclamen Coum in beds, borders, containers or window boxes for a splash of pink in your winter garden.
Well, have you chosen something to make your garden astonishing to be?