bedding plants

Hi, i am a novice gardener, and would like to ask, if it is too early  to put my hanging baskets out. i planted them up with, trailing lobelia and verbena, can i also plant out my sweet peas.Any info would be gratefully received.

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  • Mollycat2Mollycat2 Posts: 14
    Hi. I'm a novice gardener as well and would be interested in your replies. I have to plant up a memorial garden at the school this Friday. I created it a few years ago in memory of pupils at our secondary school that have tragically lost their lives whilst being part of the school. I like to plant a Rose with a small headstone in their honour and this Friday ,a parent is coming to do this in memory of her daughter. Sadly, this will make the 5th Rose in honour of a child so I must be able to make the space bright and cheery. Red, White and blue I thought would be an ideal theme this year.....but are petunias likely to die if they go out in 5 days? Can anyone suggest any hardier bedding please? Any advice would be gratefully received
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802
    elizabeth cooley wrote (see)

    Hi, i am a novice gardener, and would like to ask, if it is too early  to put my hanging baskets out. i planted them up with, trailing lobelia and verbena, can i also plant out my sweet peas.Any info would be gratefully received.

    Sweet peas yes.

    Hanging baskets-you are a bit early it is still cold at night-but you need to start hardening thm off gradually-put them out in the daytime and protect them at night.

    Do this for a couple of weeks and they will be fine.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802
    Mollycat2 wrote (see)
    Hi. I'm a novice gardener as well and would be interested in your replies. I have to plant up a memorial garden at the school this Friday. I created it a few years ago in memory of pupils at our secondary school that have tragically lost their lives whilst being part of the school. I like to plant a Rose with a small headstone in their honour and this Friday ,a parent is coming to do this in memory of her daughter. Sadly, this will make the 5th Rose in honour of a child so I must be able to make the space bright and cheery. Red, White and blue I thought would be an ideal theme this year.....but are petunias likely to die if they go out in 5 days? Can anyone suggest any hardier bedding please? Any advice would be gratefully received

    If I have understood this correctly you just want to put the plants out by this Friday-you are not expecting them to be in flower?

    You could put petunias out as part of the scheme but will need to protect them for a few weeks-perhaps with some garden fleece?

    Just a thought.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    If you want plants in flower, you could get some forget-me-nots, which are available in blue, pink and white. They are perfectly hardy, if short-lived, but will self-seed. For `a stronger pink you could try some double daisies. In a few weeks both will be done and you can replace them with standard bedding.

  • Mollycat2Mollycat2 Posts: 14
    Great - thanks for the sound advice and for taking time to reply image
  • DaisybirdDaisybird Posts: 12
    A great plant is the primula, still giving a good splash of colour for beds, lots oc colour choices too. Maybe with some violas, or bellis daisy to fill them out.
  • thanks for the advice.i  covered them in fleece last night so hopefully they will be ok.

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