Bedding plants are traditionally thought of as small flowering plants, but this is not always the case. Many great bedding plants have bright, colorful foliage that can add a pop of color to any landscape. Many stay relatively small, and are easy to maintain. In general, these plants prefer full to part sun, but many can also do well in the shade.
A lot of these plants are versatile and can be used in several different ways. The spike plant, a type of dracaena, grows upright with a bare stalk and has foliage on top. It is common to find them as a centerpiece in planters to add both color and height with little maintenance. On the other hand, low growing plants like sedum or lysimachia can be found spreading across flat areas for low-growing coverage or grown as cascading plants over the sides of pots for a more overgrown and natural look that many gardeners try to accomplish. Other plants like coleus and caladiums, come in a wide variety of colors, patterns and sizes, perfect for adding a splash of color to any landscape.
Watering plants thoroughly and then allowing time to dry out before the next watering is essential to many plants in southwest Florida, so it is best to use a well-draining soil when planting. Using the appropriate fertilizer is important for plants to thrive, so it is good practice to do it on a regular schedule to ensure good plant health. We recommend fertilizing quarterly with organic or granular extended-release fertilizer for best results.
Below is a short list of popular plants in this field:
*Selection may vary by location / time of year – list does not directly reflect current inventory*
- Coleus, Caladium, Sedum, Sweet Potato Vine, Persian Shield, Dusty Miller, Spike Plant, Dichondra, Licorice Plant, Waffle Plant, Asparagus Fern, Oyster Plant, Lysimachia, Ivy, Grass, Alternanthera, Glechoma, Iresine, Ajuga.
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