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Top 10 Winter Bedding Plants

Hand holding pansies in bucket

Winter bedding plants make it easy to create colourful displays that keep your garden looking great once the summer has passed.

Fill your hanging baskets, window boxes, patio pots and borders with our winter bedding plants. Add cheerful colour and fabulous foliage during the darkest and shortest days of the year with these glorious blooms.

Image: Bellis 'Bellisima Mixed' from Suttons

1. Bellis

Compact hardy perennials with multitudes of delicate quilled petals in pretty pom-poms, Bellis plants are packed with colour. For beautiful displays that flower twice a year, choose Bellisima Mixed – after flowering September-November they will overwinter to produce a second flourish from February-March!

Caring for Bellis plants

Plants benefit from regular deadheading to extend the flowering period and encourage more blooms to be produced.

Forget-Me-Not 'Mon Amie Mixed' from Suttons

2. Forget-Me-Not

Forget-Me-Nots produce clusters of dainty flowers that will self-seed, so you can enjoy their colour year after year. Choose Mon Amie Mixed for double the joy – this variety is a breeding breakthrough as it’s the first to flower in both the autumn and the spring.

Caring for Forget-Me-Not plants

Forget-Me-Not flowers spread easily and care is minimal. As a result, they grow best in a damp, shady area, but can adapt to full sun.

Image: Pansy 'Cool Waved Mix' from Suttons

3. Pansies

Pansies are perfect for brightening your winter hanging baskets and pots, plus they’ll create flurries of flowers in your borders. Low-growing and with large, hardy, striking flowers, they are available in an amazing variety of colours.

For beautiful blooms that are easy to care for, try ‘Pansy’ Waterfall. This cold tolerant variety is flowers from November to March and requires to pinching out

Caring for Pansy plants

Plant pansies in rich, fertile soil that is well-draining. Grow them in sun or partial shade.

Polyanthus 'Spring Fever' from Suttons

4. Polyanthus

Polyanthus offers a lovely late winter display, with plants carrying bunches (umbels) of long-lasting blooms on each thick stem. Perfect for pots, window boxes and borders, try Spring Fever for improved winter hardiness, plus an impressively large number of blooms.

Caring for Polyanthus plants

Plant in sun or semi shade. Deadhead faded blooms to encourage more flowers to form.

Image: Primula vulgaris - Wild Primrose from Suttons

5. Wild Primroses

Primrose Vulgaris is one of our most loved native flowers, with pretty clusters of pale lemon flowers. Great for naturalising, perfect for shady areas and fast growing. Plant in patio pots for beautiful, scented flower displays.

Primula veris is a beautiful old-fashioned endangered wildflower with pretty clusters of delicately scented bright yellow flowers on stalks above rosettes of soft green foliage. Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit and an RHS Perfect for Pollinators variety.

Caring for wild Primula plants

Primroses need watering regularly during hot periods. Deadhead faded flowers to encourage more blooms.

Pink Primula Plants - Amore from Suttons

6. Primulas (Primroses)

Primroses are available in a variety of vivacious colours and are ideal for naturalising as they will self-seed, offering year after year of cheerful colour. In addition to container and border growing, plant them under hedges and trees. Try Primula Amore for delicately scented pink flowers with lemon centres.

Caring for Primrose plants

Primroses prefer cool, semi-shaded areas and will thrive in well-drained yet moist soil. Overwatering pots can lead to rot.

Purple and white Viola 'Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow' from Suttons

7. Violas

Violas will paint your autumn and winter flower displays with splashes of vibrant colour. Varieties flower from October to May, so you can enjoy wonderful violas month after month. Compact and beautifully eye-catching, use them in beds or pots for a pop of colour wherever your garden needs it.

Caring for Viola plants

Grow Viola plants in well-drained soil in full or partial sun. Water regularly and feed occasionally. Overwatering in winter may lead to root damage. Deadhead regularly to encourage new blooms.

Red, yellow & orange Wallflower 'Sugar Rush' from Suttons

8. Wallflowers

Wallflowers are loved for their sweet scent, fabulous array of colours and long-lasting blooms. They will look fabulous in pots and containers, plus borders and beds.

Try Wallflower Sugar Rush – an award-winning and very hardy British bred F1 variety developed for our climate. It flowers in the late autumn, early winter and again in spring (if not continually!) Ideal for cutting too.

Caring for Wallflower plants

Wallflowers thrive in even the poorest soils and grow well in sun or shade. Keep the soil moist and feed occasionally. Deadheading plants will encourage more blooms.

Garden Ready Winter Bedding from Suttons

9. Garden Ready Winter Bedding Lucky Dip

On the shortest days of the year, what better way to brighten up your garden than with a lucky dip of 60 garden ready bedding plants. Radiant Primroses and Polyanthus plug plants will fill your beds & borders from autumn to early spring. Perfect for your winter and early spring displays, save over £40 with our choice of cheerful winter bedding plants.

Our Selection of Winter/Spring Bedding from Suttons

10. Our Selection Winter/Spring Bedding

The perfect selection of bedding plants for your winter/spring displays at a fraction of the cost! Our winter bedding plant selection is a great lucky dip of 18 x 9cm plants, chosen at random from our amazing range. All you need to do is plant them!

Whether you are aiming to brighten up your balcony, patio or garden, you’ll achieve wonderful winter garden displays to delight you with our top 10 winter bedding plants and collections – Suttons guaranteed!

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