With our guide to planting winter bedding plants, you’ll achieve wonderful winter garden displays to brighten your outside space and life your spirits in the dark days of winter.

Why use winter bedding plants?

Bedding plants add flurries of vibrant colour to your garden for a season or two. They need replacing when they fade each year or at the end of each season.As many bedding plants only bloom during the spring and/or summer, adding winter bedding plants will extend the flowering season in your outside space.

Even if you aren’t planning to spend much time outdoors during winter, you can see your garden from your windows. So make sure it provides a lovely view that is packed with colour.

Flowering plants will lift your spirits in the short winter days. If you don’t have a large garden, consider window boxes and patio pots or add hanging baskets around your exterior doors. Winter bedding will brighten your garden and fill any gaps in bare borders, plus hanging baskets and pots offer a warm floral welcome to visitors during some of the darkest months of the year.

Planting winter bedding plants

As summer draws to an end, your existing bedding plants will start to lose their colour and flowering will stop. This means that it’s time to brighten up your borders, hanging baskets and patio pots with some winter bedding plants!

Autumn is the perfect time to plant your winter bedding plants out, which means planting them in their final flowering positions. Here they will establish and take over from your spent summer plants, offering fresh new flowers to enjoy.

To replenish your garden with winter bedding plants, simply remove any old bedding plants and compost them. If you are planting in pots or containers, replace the compost as most of the nutrients will have been used by the previous plants. Pop your plants into their final flowering positions and water them in.

Caring for winter bedding plants

Once established, your winter bedding plants will only require watering in prolonged dry spells. Be careful not to overwater potted plants as this can lead to rot. Deadhead the spent flowers from your winter bedding plants to encourage more blooms to form.

Winter bedding varieties

Selecting the right bedding plants for your garden is exciting but with a range of varieties to choose from can also be daunting. We’ve made it easy for you to select the perfect plants by creating bedding plant themes.

Winter flowering bedding plants are those varieties that can withstand the cold and rain of a UK winter, and the choice of colours and shapes will surprise you! Our most popular varieties include:


Pansies are low-growing and with large, hardy, striking flowers in an amazing array of colours.


Forget-Me-Nots offer clusters of dainty flowers that self-seed, so you can enjoy their colour year after year.

Wild Primroses

Primrose Vulgaris and Primula veris are some of our most loved native wildflowers with pretty clusters of delicately scented yellow flowers.


Polyanthus plants carrying bunches of long-lasting blooms on each thick stem in late winter.

Primulas (Primroses)

Primroses are available in vivacious colours and are ideal for naturalising as they will self-seed freely.

We hope this handy guide will help you choose the right bedding plants for you this winter.

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