A great way to add pockets of colour to your garden is to put in annual bedding plants. When it comes to sun-loving annuals that will thrive during warm summer months, you are only limited by your imagination. Any well-stocked nursery will showcase a large variety of suitable plants and can give you advice on growing them.
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Celosia 'Castle Mix'
A low-maintenance summer flower bed option is the heat- and drought-tolerant Celosia 'Castle Mix,' also known as 'Cockscomb.' All this upright, brightly coloured flower needs is well-drained soil and lots of heat and sunshine. Typical colours are red, pink, orange and yellow. Celosia will thrive in USDA zones 1-12.
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Bronze Leaf Wax Begonia 'Cocktail Mix'
Bronze Leaf Wax Begonia 'Cocktail Mix' is an attractive plant; its bronze leaves are a strong contrast to its mix of bright pink, rose, salmon, scarlet and white flowers. It is an early flowering plant that performs well in annual flower beds. Well-drained soil, morning watering and sunshine will ensure that it blooms all summer long. It is also suitable for USDA zones 1-12.
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Dahlia 'Figaro Mix'
From early summer, 'Figaro Mix' dahlia will provide abundant yellow, pink, orange, red and white double blooms. The more sun the better for this plant, and preferably moist, well-drained soil. 'Figaro Mix' is also suitable for USDA zones 1-12.
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One of the most popular annual bedding plants in the United States is the Zonal Geranium. The plants' large, rounded flower clusters come in several colours, including red, pink, white, purple, lavender and orange. Moist, well-drained soil and moderate to high levels of sunshine will encourage these flowers to thrive in gardens across the USDA zones 1-12.