Amateur Gardener


Hi. Welcome to my new blog where I will be sharing all the great hints and tips I find on my way to learning about gardening as it is one of my new favourite hobbies. I spend a lot of time online reading and researching other gardening blogs that can help me on my quest to become a good gardener, and now I am going to use this blog to pass that advice on to you. Whether its planting flowers or landscaping your garden, I'm hoping to be able to provide you with good advice to get you going on your gardening journey.

Top 10 Bedding Plants to Grow in your Garden


1. Pansies and Violas

Pansies and Violas are great plants for beginners. If you're growing them from seed it can be a good idea to grow them indoors for 6-8 weeks before planting them in the garden. However if you're looking for ultimate easy gardening its best just to buy them ready to bed from the garden centre.

2. Lobelia

Lobelia's give a lovely splash of blue to your garden, and are known as a hardy plant that can stand up to the frosts. This makes them ideal for people in colder climates. Whether grown from seed or bought pre-grown, they're a great option for any garden.

3. Primrose

Primroses are one of the classic garden plants. They are easy to grow and look after and take minimal upkeep. All they need is the occasional pruning of dead leaves and heads to keep the flowers looking fresh throughout summer.

4. Sunflowers

Now don't be alarmed by their delicate reputation, sunflowers are easy to grow, especially for such a big and spectacular flower. If you've got little ones sunflowers are also good to get them learning about plants and growing from seed.

5. Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas are a classic of the English cottage garden, and are a nice and easy way to get some great smelling flowers into your garden. Sweet peas are climbers so they will need a little support and help along the way, but not much, and it is definitely worth the effort.

6. Nasturtium

Nasturtiums give you big bright red, orange and yellow flowers and are great if you want to bring a warmer colour palette to your garden. Nasturtiums are a great choice to fill wide areas in your garden flower beds.

7. Marigolds

There are lots of different types of marigold to choose from ranging through deep reds to the famous yellow they are known for. They are also great for companion planting as they repel green fly and black fly, so a few marigolds dotted through your flower beds will help keep your whole garden looking fresh.

8. Nigellas

With lovely pale blue petals, and delicate pointed leaves, nigellas look like they will present a challenge to the novice gardener, but it couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, they are so easy to work with they will often top lists of garden plants for kids.

9. Geraniums

Geraniums comes in many different colours and have been a staple of the English garden for many years. Geraniums don't like soil that is too wet, but providing you don't over water them they can be great growers that provide an easy splash of colour to your garden.

10. Forget-me-nots

Forget-me-nots are tiny little blue flowers that cluster together to form bright little balls of colour in your garden. They are an easy flower to grow, they grow so well in fact that the main maintenance job that comes with them is making sure they don't over grow and invade the spaces of other plants. This isn't a big job though, and they are more than worth it for the brilliant colour they bring.

So there you have it, there's no excuse, go out and get ready to plant up your garden this spring.