Bedding plants are part of an English summer. Even with our unpredictable weather by June we are as sure as we can be that it is safe to plant out bedding anywhere in the country. Hanging baskets and tubs dry out quickly and water retaining gel can be very helpful to help retain moisture, combined with a mulch on the top if the planting arrangement is suitable.
There are so many marvellous combinations to make a great bedding display, traditional pastels combining Pelargoniums, Lobelia and petunias; single planting schemes such as the French Marigolds , grasses and dahlias, even tumbling tomatoes the list is endless.
In terms of annuals and bedding, the humble Nasturtium often gets overlooked but it is a great bedding plant; bold colours of orange, reds and yellows it trails and climbs. Nasturtiums are very forgiving as a bedding plant, needing little or no attention and at the end of the season the seed is easily collected for next year. Plants for free is always a bonus.
Some bedding plants need a lot of attention, others are easier, it all depends how much time you have. When choosing bedding plants it is worth knowing which the best bedding plants to grow are easy and which are High maintenance, such as Ice plants, (Mesembryanthemum) Petunia, Verbena all of which need a deal of dead heading. Easier to grow are Geranium (Pelargonium) Nasturtium, and schemes which combine some perennials such as Lavender, grasses with bedding plants. Gardening is personal choice; for some it wouldn't be summer without baskets brimming with bedding, for others it's a chore too far.