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Michael Perry's Top 5 Bedding Plant Recommendations

Michael Perry's top 5 bedding plant recommendations


Bedding doesn’t have to be all limp, lacklustre marigolds and petunias. There’s a wealth of newer, strong-growing varieties to transform your beds and borders into a reliable carnival of colour, from summer and beyond.

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Antirrhinum ‘Madame Butterfly’

Antirrhinum ‘Madame Butterfly’

A favourite of ours here at Thompson & Morgan, these azalea-flowered Snapdragons always look superb in beds and borders and can be cut for indoor vases. Their heirloom appearance is almost magical and the blooms are also gently fragrant.

Buy Antirrhinum ‘Madame Butterfly’

Begonia 'Lotto Mixed'

Begonia 'Lotto Mixed'

Our customers have voted with their feet on this one and ‘Lotto’ now outsells the traditional ‘Organdy’ variety. ‘Lotto’ is bigger and better, with lovely big clear flowers atop lush green foliage. It’s robust whatever the weather and resists any trouble the UK weather gives it!

Buy Begonia 'Lotto Mixed'

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy'

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy'

Absolutely stunning and a constant favourite with our customers and staff! At 2 feet high, rudbeckias are a great middle border plant, with flowers from mid-summer, but lasting well into October. ‘Cherry Brandy’ is very effervescent ruby red colour and lasts 2 weeks in a vase.

Buy Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy'

Petunia 'Ramblin' Mixed'

Petunia 'Ramblin' Mixed'

Now here’s a great petunia, which grows almost a mile a minute! Superb, ground-hugging, weed-bashing colour for beds and borders, it would be ideal for covering a sunny bank for example. Fab colour mix, almost every colour of the rainbow!

Buy Petunia 'Ramblin' Mixed'

Geranium 'Black Velvet Mixed'

Geranium 'Black Velvet Mixed'

The most exciting mix of zonal geraniums to ever be released! Designer foliage in midnight black and contrasted by red, salmon and pink flowers. Wow wow wow! Try it in borders, but also in modern zinc containers on the patio.

Buy Geranium 'Black Velvet Mixed'

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