Every year we look at planting combinations and you can guarantee there will be a whole range of new plants in the summer bedding.
Here are a few ideasAbove we have Heliotrope a rich purple flower with a vanilla aroma. It grows about 30cm tall. Dead head it from time to time. Despite being called blue it is one of the best purples.It is fabulously classy planted with white such as bacopa and geraniums but here is blends beautifully with Bacopa 'Giga Lavender' and Verbena 'Deep blue'.
Pots can be beautiful with a simple dahlia so don't feel its all about combinations. This dahlia 'Cherish Pink' can stand alone in a pot and hold its ground.Equally it could look great to plant perhaps 3 in a long trough and pick out the rose pink margin with some rose verbena or trailing geraniums.
Pastels in harmony so easily achieved with the new nemesia 'Bicolour Rose' and 'Dark Pink Berry' geranium and with the new Calibrachoa 'Lavender Sorbet'.
Surfina 'Sky Blue trailing petunias with a mix of orange none stop begonias and the new trailing 'Orange Morn' petunia. Another great contrast.
Hot pink is all about summer. This is Verbena vectura 'Rose' with Geranium'Dark Pink Berry' and Calibrachoa Rose.
Don't forget the simplicity of old favourites. I still love a pot of red geraniums. I am also very keen on pots of salvias. 'Hot lips' is still brilliant summer colour.
Last but not least the old classic white marguerite. Always a joyful plant that looks perfect in a pot on its own.