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How to grow summer bedding

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do To do in May

Do To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

For a successful summer bedding display, don’t bring your plants out of the greenhouse until you know the frosty nights are behind you. And when you do bring them out acclimatise them in the garden before you plant them into their final positions. If you have a cold frame, use this as a halfway house for a couple of weeks.

You will need

  • Bedding plants
  • Trowel
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Step 1

Bring bedding plants out of the greenhouse, or other warm spot where they have been living, and stand them outside every morning in a bright, sheltered site. Move them back under cover each evening until all threat of frost has passed, when you can safely plant them out.

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Once the plants are planted out, keep some fleece handy with which to cover them if frost is suddenly forecast.