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2 - Plant types
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Perennials
This time the Latin 'perennis' means 'many years'. Sometimes called 'herbaceous perennials', which simply means they 'disappear' in winter. In fact, they die back to a rootstock where next year's shoots are protected and then magically grow back each spring. For example, delphiniums, hostas, lupins, primroses.
Perennials
Survive frost and stay in the ground all year round, for example, peony and lupin.
Half-hardy perennials (tender perennials)
Will not survive frost and must be brought indoors during the winter, for example, pelargonium, fuchsia, and heliotrope. Individual microclimates and good free-draining soil can make an enormous difference to their ability to survive the winter.
Bedding plants
Bedding plants are really all plants that, irrespective of their growing habits, are used to make a temporary show. For example: hardy bulbs (hyacinths and tulips), hardy and half-hardy perennials (chrysanthemums), and even tender shrubs (castor oil plant).
Pelargonium
But 'bedding' is usually taken to mean those half-hardy annuals or half-hardy perennials planted out to make a splash of colour in the summer. For example; petunias, begonias, pelargoniums and calceolarias.
Gardening linksFind out more about taking delphinium cuttings and growing chrysanthemums and fuchsias on the main site.
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