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When to plant out bedding plants – the 7 plants suitable for bedding

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Bedding plants are a way to temporarily decorate your garden with seasonal flowers. You can grow bedding plants from seeds or purchase them already grown in pots ready for planting. But when do you plant out bedding plants? Here’s Sunday Gardener and the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) advice.

When to plant out bedding plants

Bedding plants are not hardy, and shouldn’t be planted until after the last frost of the year.

You’ll spot bedding plants in shops and garden centres from March, but that doesn’t mean they’re all ready to be planted from March.

Normally, frost doesn’t completely pass until May. That’s why you should wait until May to plant out bedding plants.

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Half-hardy perennials

Half-hardy perennials can live for several years and usually flower from the second season.

The RHS said: “Frost-tender, and often discarded at the end of the season, yet they can be overwintered if given frost protection.”

Examples include Bellis (daisy), begonia, Pelargonium (geranium) and lobelia.

Some perennials, such as Bellis (daisy), busy Lizzies and Viola (pansy) are grown as annuals or biennials.

Half-hardy or tender sub-tropical plants

Banana plants, cannas and palms often form a focal point or centrepiece for bedding schemes and are examples of half-hardy or tender sub-tropical plants.

The RHS said: “Succulents can be useful for creating patterns (see carpet bedding below).”

Hardy perennials or shrubs

Hardy perennials or shrubs such as Erica (winter-flowering heather), euphorbia and heuchera can give valuable flower and foliage colour through the winter months.

The RHS site says: “Saxifraga, sedum and sempervivum are excellent for green roof and vertical modular wall planting.

“Additionally, agave, dwarf conifers, cordylines, Phormium (New Zealand flax) and ornamental grasses can provide a central focus for beds and containers.”

Bulbs

Let’s not forget bulbs! Some bulbs such as allium, Anemone blanda, crocus, hyacinth, early-flowering Iris reticulata and tulips are suitable for bedding.

The RHS site says: “These bulbs can be mixed with biennial bedding plants and will give combinations of colour in the early spring months.”

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Cleaning: Mrs Hinch fans share ‘excellent’ 89p tip for removing blood stains from bedding

Fans of Mrs Hinch, AKA Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared their cleaning tips for removing blood stains. Mrs Hinch, who has over four million followers on Instagram, often shares her tips and tricks with her followers. Now, fans of hers have taken to social media and created groups dedicated to cleaning hacks.
A user replied: “Don’t bother with cold water and salt, use Elbow Grease spray and leave for a bit then wash as normal. It works every time.”

Another user said: “Yes I always use Elbow Grease spray it’s excellent.”

One user commented: “Elbow grease spray. Works a treat.

“My daughter’s yellow bikini bottoms were saved.”

Another said: “Spray Elbow Grease on it and then put a scoop of vanish in the wash. Never fails for me.”

The user asked whether Elbow Grease would work on old blood stains which have already been put through the wash.

A user said: “Yes because I did the same. My daughter of 28 didn’t tell me there was blood on her duvet, so it went in the wash then when I went to hang it out I saw it.

“So I sprayed with Elbow Grease spray and left it for half an hour and washed as normal and it all came out.”

Elbow Grease spray can be bought from ASDA and The Range for as little as £1.

It can also be found in Savers and B&M for 89p.

However, some users argued salt would “set” the stain and make it harder to remove.

But a user explained this may not be the case.

They said: “Salt and water is good to remove blood.

“Salt and water does set a dye but is okay for most bodily fluids.

“As there is already salt (sodium)in blood a saline solution dilutes/weakens the blood thus enabling it to dissolve.

“The stain will need agitation to loosen the iron (brown) part of the stain.”

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