Categories: Winter Garden

Frost hardy bedding plants


It’s getting a little chilly in the garden now and winter will soon be upon us. The last of the summer’s bedding plants have now gone to meet their maker and the borders are starting to look decidedly bare.

If like me, you consider yourself to be of the genus ‘Plantaceae Obsessivivum’, you will no doubt be mad enough to value your garden even in the colder months and strive to strike against the gloom and add a splash of colour. I have put the following list together to help you select the best frost hardy bedding plants that will not fail to add a hint of summer to your garden this winter.

Autumn & Winter Bedding

  • Daises (Bellis)
  • Primrose
  • Ornamental Kale
  • Polyanthus
  • Pansy
  • Viola
  • Cyclamen Coum
  • Winter Aconites
  • Sweet Williams
  • Forget-me-nots
  • Snowdrops
  • Dwarf Iris
  • Helleborus
  • Ornamental Cabbage
  • Heather
  • Ajuga
  • Lamium
  • Helichrysum Icicles
  • Vinca
  • Ivy
  • Euonymus
  • Wood Anemone
  • Wallflower

Tips on getting the best from your hardy border

Remember, during autumn and winter light levels and temperatures are at their lowest, so plants tend to grow slowly. Because of this, it is wise to consider planting your hardy bedding closer together to hide any bare earth.

Also, it is worth ensuring that your border is free-draining. This can be achieve by a variety of methods such as raising the border level (raised border) by constructing a retaining wall or using railway sleepers, or even digging a drainage ditch and filling it with pea gravel. Alternatively, you can plant your hardy bedding plants in containers and hanging baskets. Water about once a week and avoid using water retaining gel during colder months.

James Middleton

An obsessive gardener since 1982. Day-time job - web designer and developer and University lecturer.

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