As a rule, low growing and compact plants such as bedding begonias, impatiens and pansies do better than tall ones such as Cosmos or Gallardia. Plants that are known to succeed in exposed sites also include:

  • Alyssum
  • Antirrhinum
  • Balsam
  • Bedding Begonia
  • Calendula
  • Cineraria
  • Coleus
  • Dahlia
  • Dianthus
  • Felicia
  • Hedera
  • Iberis
  • Impatiens
  • Lobelia
  • Marigold
  • Matricaria
  • Dwarf Nasturtium
  • Nemesia
  • Pansy
  • Pelargonium
  • Petunia
  • Phlox
  • Stock
  • Sweet William
  • Tagets
  • Verbena
  • Viola
  • Zinnia

The average bedding plant thrives where the site has some protection from the prevailing wind but receives little or no shade during the day .The soil should be free draining, reasonably rich in humus but not too rich in nitrogen. Unfortunately we can often do little or nothing to change the situation and it is wise to select plants that are known to succeed under the conditions that will prevail.

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