How to Decorate With Bedding Plants


Bedding plants are sold in small pots of 4 inches, in six packs of smaller plants or in flats. Most often the plants are annual flowers. Annuals only live for one growing season, but they blossom profusely the entire season and then die. Occasionally perennials, which flower for a briefer time period than annuals during the season but come back year after year in the same spot without reseeding, are sold as bedding plants. Hanging baskets are one way to decorate with bedding plants.

Step 1

Select six packs of flowers that have the same light and watering requirements. A good sun combination for spring is purple and white alyssum, blue lobelia and yellow pansies. A summer flower combination could include petunias, ivy geraniums and Thumbelina zinnias.

Step 2

Wet the sphagnum moss in a bucket of water for 30 minutes. Line the inside of the wire basket with handfuls of squeezed-out moss packed closely together. The moss prevents the soil from coming out of the basket and retains moisture.

Step 3

Dip each flower plant's root ball into a diluted (50 percent) solution of fertilizer. Squeeze the roots gently so they're longer and thinner than they were in the six pack. Try not to disturb the root ball too much.

Step 4

Spread the wires of the basket apart at the bottom third of the basket at 6-inch intervals. Push the plant's roots into the basket, while the plant itself stays outside the basket. Gently push the wires back into place. Continue planting around the basket every 6 inches until the top quarter is reached. Fill the basket with potting soil and water.

Step 5

Plant the top of the basket and fill in with soil as needed.

Step 6

Water as needed by submerging the entire basket in a tub of water for 10 to 15 minutes.

Tips and Warnings

  • Baskets dry out quickly. It may be necessary to water every day during warmer months.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire hanging plant basket
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Bedding plants
  • Water soluble fertilizer
  • Potting soil


  • "Garden Home"; P. Allen Smith; 2003
  • "Backyard Blueprints"; David Stevens; 2002
  • "At Home in the Garden"; Becke Davis; 2001

Who Can Help

  • Hanging baskets
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About this Author

Dee Power holds an MBA. She is the co-author of "Attracting Capital from Angels," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "The Making of a Bestseller," the novel "Over Time," and several screenplays. She contributes to several Web sites and is a regular columnist for