This week, Blossoms on the Go owner Shirley Brohan talks about her favourite summer bedding plants and gives advice on which part of your garden they will love the most.

Well, gardening season is in full swing, Hurray! It’s so exciting to see all the colors and the different textures, like the ponytail grass coming in.

There is an abundance of varieties and plants now available. I must say, I am in my element when I see the choice.

So many young kids come in looking to grow something for themselves to mind, and one of the easiest is the strawberry plant. It can be sown in a pot or a hanging basket and needs very little care. Keep the soil moist, place it in a sunny location, and watch it grow; the kids will enjoy helping to harvest them once ripe.
Summer bedding plants are coming into full color, and it’s so nice to be able to pick and choose from such a large selection. Geraniums are one of the most reliable plants, providing a show of color and doing well in containers or beds. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil and are a great centerpiece for a pot, thriving throughout the summer.

The Osteospermum, commonly known as the African daisy or cape daisy, are lovely flowering plants that give a beautiful display all summer. They come in a selection of colors and do well in pots or beds. They thrive in full sun and like well-drained soil. They are easy to care for; remove the dead flower heads and feed every two weeks for the best results.
Perennials are coming in now with lovely buds, and some are very long-flowering. The Geum has a nice cottage garden-type look to it and is long-flowering. It comes in lovely colors: orange, red, yellow, and is quite attractive in a group.

It likes full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. There are so many perennials coming in that we sometimes get overwhelmed with the choice.
Some tips to remember when buying perennials or shrubs: consider the height—how big would you ideally like it? Consider the width—the space it can grow into; can you give it space to expand? Ask yourself these questions, and if in doubt, give us a shout.

Happy planting.

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