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Flower power

Bring a burst of seasonal colour to your garden with summer-flowering plants from Dobbies Garden Centres


With summer just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to brighten up your outdoor space with a fresh wave of colourful flowers. If you’re looking for choice, value and fast results, Dobbies offers a stunning range of bedding plants, which will provide you with months of gorgeous blooms.

Not only are bedding plants suited to gardens of all shapes and sizes, but you can also grow them on patios or balconies, as they’re just as happy in pots and baskets as they are in beds and borders. Plus, they’re great for creating contrastin­g colour schemes across your garden.

Right now, Dobbies has fantastic mix-and-match offers on all its bedding plants, including two packs of 20 for only £15. Here are the five bestseller­s:

Geraniums These drought-tolerant plants are great for sunny spots, as the more the sun shines, the more they flower. Just make sure you deadhead them each week to keep the new flowers coming.

Fuchsias Perfect for those cooler, slightly shady spots that stay damp for a little longer after rainfall.

Petunias Another great option for any sun traps in your outdoor space, with both upright and trailing varieties available in an array of bright or pastel shades.

Osteosperm­ums Also known as African daisies, these beautiful plants are originally from South Africa, and open up wide on sunny days, closing up when it’s overcast.

Impatiens (busy lizzies) Happy in sun or partial shade, these long-lasting favourites will flower well into autumn if you feed them weekly with an all-purpose plant food.

Take it easy

Alternativ­ely, if you want maximum colour with minimal effort, you’ll love Dobbies’ Pop Plant collection. These colour-coordinate­d planters contain a mix of plant varieties, which you simply place on top of compost in a basket or pot, then water and watch them grow. Choose from a whole host of eye-catching colour palettes, such as Sophistica­tion, which is full of pinks and purples (see above).

Want more bespoke advice? You can check out the ideas and advice section on the Dobbies website, chat to one of the plant and gardening experts in store or take part in one of the free monthly Grow How sessions. There’s also a Little Seedlings Club for budding gardeners!

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Discover Dobbies’ summer garden essentials, from outdoor furniture to colourful plants (inset)

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