Bedding plants

Check the details when you buy and pick appropriate plants for your situation

Key: Common name

Species & 'Variety'

Approx. height

Flowering season

Full sun

Sweet alyssum

Lobularia maritima, 0.15m, Jun-Oct

Aubrieta

Aubrieta, 0.15m, Mar-May

 

Antirrhinum

Antirrhinum, 0.2-1.2m, Jun-Sept

 

California poppy

Eschscholzia californica, 0.25-1.2m, Jun-Oct

Wallflower

e.g. Wallflower 'Sugar Rush', 0.3m, Mar-May and Oct-Nov

 

Nasturtium

Tropaeolum, 0.3m, Jun-Sept

 

Annual rudbeckia

Annual rudbeckia, 0.3-0.75m, July-Oct

Sweet William

Dianthus barbatus, 0.45m, May-Sept

Cosmos

Cosmos, 0.5-1.2m, Jun-Oct

Honeywort

e.g. Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens', 0.6m, May-Sept

Sweet rocket

Hesperis matronalis, 0.9m, May-Jul

Part sun/part shade

Snowdrops
Galanthus nivalis, 0.1m, Jan-Feb 

 

Primrose

Primula vulgaris, 0.2m, Mar-May

 

Antirrhinum

Antirrhinum, 0.2-1.2m, Jun-Sept

 

California poppy

Eschscholzia californica, 0.25-1.2m, Jun-Oct

Wallflower

e.g. Wallflower 'Sugar Rush', 0.3m, Mar-May and Oct-Nov

Nasturtium

Tropaeolum, 0.3m, Jun-Sept

 

Annual rudbeckia

Annual rudbeckia, 0.3-0.75m, July-Oct

Honeywort

Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens', 0.6m, May-Sept

Sweet rocket

Hesperis matronalis, 0.9m, May-Jul

Grow in flowerbeds or containers

Many of the UK’s usual bedding plants have brightly coloured flowers, but may not actually be much help for wildlife. Here are a few that will look great in the garden and provide valuable food for bees and other insects. Many are annuals (although some of these will self seed for the following year)