How to Decorate With Bedding Plants

Written by d.c. winston
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Bedding plants, be they annuals or perennials, are flexible utility players in both the garden and as fresh floral decorations. Whether planted in containers, small groupings or in large swathes, bedding plants can create a significant visual impact. They also are useful in both indoor and outdoor tabletop decor for events or even as a casual centrepiece for a family dinner. They can also stand in readily for more expensive cut flowers when planted tightly together and presented in an attractive container.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bedding plants sufficient to blanket ground space or container
  • Hand trowel
  • Decorative container(s)
  • Potting soil
  • Measuring tape or chalk line
  • Flexible garden hose

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    Create a decorative pattern for planting one or more species or colours of bedding plants in the garden border. Create straight lines and patterns on the soil surface using a measuring tape or chalk line. Make curvilinear lines and patterns by using an unspooled garden hose to create swooping or scrolling planting guidelines in the soil.

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    Plant bedding plants shoulder to shoulder in decorative containers to create a lush and overflowing arrangement. Place plants in close enough proximity to hide the planting soil beneath the leaves or flowers. Fill small watertight containers for short-term table centrepieces or tabletop accents. Plant large garden containers with good drainage for ongoing display on patios, porches, decks and loggias.

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    Create a lush carpet effect in a bed or border by planting one type of bedding plant en masse to cover the entire soil surface. Use a hand trowel to dig holes spaced at the low end of the recommended planting interval for your bedding plant. Use colourful bedding plants much like you would a ground cover to achieve a dramatic, professional look in the garden.

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