Using Bedding Plants in the Landscape

The main purpose of using bedding plants in the landscape is to provide lasting color throughout the growing season. A bedding plant can be an annual, biennial, or perennial plant.

Some basic guidelines to follow when choosing bedding plants:

  • Look for plants that provide color accent for your existing landscape
  • Use annual plants to fill in “holes” while perennial plants become established
  • Avoid too many different varieties of plants
  • Flower beds should be prepared before purchasing your plants
  • Plan for the mature sizes of the plants to prevent crowding
  • Know your site conditions – soil type and pH and hardiness zone
  • When planning perennial bedding plants, select for a continuous sequence of bloom times throughout the growing season

Be sure to have fun. You have gone through a lot of preparation to get to this point.  Find the desired plants and create a landscape that looks great and conserves water too.

brightly colored flowering plants in front of a house porch
Annual bedding plants provide bright color throughout the growing season. Photo credit: Derek Severson Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
planting bed with colorful flowering plants along a fence
Bedding plants along a fence. Photo credit: InAweofGod’sCreation Flickr CC BY 2.0


Additional Resources:


Utah – Annuals for Utah Gardens


Florida – Bedding Plants
Gardening With Annuals
Kentucky – Bedding Plants
North Carolina – Selection and Use of Stress-Tolerant Bedding Plants for the Landscape