Most often bedding plants are composed of annual and perennial flowering plants and of bulbs and
|Tomatoes can be colorful!|
In order to make your site work for you in this way, consider the mature size of the plants that you want to use. Remember that many vegetable plants get fairly tall and that others spread out and take up a good deal of land area. You might need to look into dwarf varieties of plants to get them to fit into your design. Also remember that most food producing plants need full sun. When choosing locations for your bedding plant vegetable plantings, check to ensure that the plants will receive adequate light to meet their individual requirements. Finally, if you are using food crops for bedding plants, remember that you will probably need to provide them with more maintenance than in a less visible location. This really translates to picking vegetables as they ripen, keeping them trimmed and keeping the areas under them mulched and weed free. As bedding plants they will be much more visible than they would have been if placed in a more specific 'vegetable garden' location.
|A pumpkin flower can be very pretty|
For colorful and showy flowers, try planting squash and their close cousins of cucumber, and any of the melons and pumpkins. The flowers are lovely with five petals and bright colors in the yellow to orange range. They are also usually large and, depending on the plant selected, often also edible. With plants of this type, keep in mind that they are vines in nature and will spread out and take up large amounts of land area. Provide for that need in advance.
Bedding plants can provide interesting texture to your site. For fine or ruffled texture, try using parsley,
|Red leaf lettuce add color|
Finally, you can add color through leaves rather than through flowers and still have food production as well. For possible leaf color plants, you could try Swiss chard with its flaming red stems, or cabbage and leaf lettuce with red and purple coloring.
Try finishing off your site with bedding plants that can also be eaten. Make your site work for you to provide a beautiful garden and a fresh and appealing plate.