Alstromeria 'Summer Collection'

Go colourful in your beds and borders this year!
Image: Alstroemeria ‘Summer Collection’ from T&M

Jazz up your borders this summer with two new beautiful bedding plants that really deliver the wow factor. Available as plug plants or jumbo plugs, these sizzling summer bedding plants are heard to beat for spectacular performance and excellent staying power.

Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’

Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ from T&M

These fiery blooms make excellent cut flowers too
Image: Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ from T&M

Looking for a solid summer of flowers? Peruvian lilies (alstroemeria) are the perfect answer, providing a striking border of fiery blooms in colours ranging from yellow and orange through to bright red and deep purple. Throwing up more than 50 stems over a period of five to six months, alstroemeria are hardy down to -10C. Tough and resilient, they’re untroubled by pests and diseases!

Plant alstroemeria ‘Summer Collection’ in drifts in your beds and borders for maximum impact, or pot up a compact variety like ‘Valley’ collection in giant containers for a stylish patio feature. Remember to pull the flower stems rather than cut them to encourage the production of even more blooms.

Laurentia ‘Indigo Stars’

Laurentia ‘Indigo Stars’ from T&M

Laurentia produce electric blooms all summer long
Image: Laurentia ‘Indigo Stars’ from T&M

Seldom available in garden centres, laurentia (also known as isotoma) is one of summer’s best kept secrets. Laurentia plants are native to Australian scrubland, which gives you an idea of how hardy, robust and drought-tolerant they can be. They’ve had to grow up the hard way! Plant these pretty star-shaped flowers in dry areas of the garden for bright colour and thousands of fragrant blooms from June through to October.

Use laurentia ‘Indigo stars’ to highlight darker areas of the garden – its luminescent indigo coloured petals almost glow in the dark. Pair with a white-flowered variety like ‘Avant-Garde White’ to make your display really stand out!

We hope you’ve been inspired to try these spectacular flowering plants. Share your displays with us on our Facebook or Twitter – we love to hear from you! And for more bedding plant tips and advice, visit our bedding hub page.

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