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Best Plants for Flower Beds & Borders

There’s nothing better than annual plants for creating a vibrant, colourful display of flowers all summer long - and the great thing about annuals is that you can change the design every year. Whether you’re filling gaps between the perennial plants in your borders or creating a whole new feature, we’ll help you design, choose and care for your perfect plants.

How to Make a Flower Bed or Border

A traditional herbaceous border is planted in layers, with taller plants at the back, scaling down in height to the low growing plants at the front. More contemporary schemes tend to use plants of the same height or type for impact. If your bed or border will be viewed from all sides, you can position the taller plants in the middle. Make sure to plant your annuals far enough apart to allow them to spread.

Perfect Plants for Flower Beds and Borders

For the low growing annual plants, choose Nemesia, Marigolds and Gazanias in coordinating tones or a range of contrasting colours. Our favourite taller varieties for the middle of borders are Petunia, Geranium, Dahlia and Osteospermum - and if you want to add even more height against a fence or wall, take a look at our guide to Tall Perennial Plants. Impatiens and Antirrhinums are perfect choices if you’re planting a block of the same variety.

Plant Care Tips for Flower Beds

Choose a sunny spot to make your annual border, and make sure all chance of frost is past before planting. Most annuals prefer fertile, well-drained soil, so dig in some compost or manure. Water regularly, feed with a general plant food and remove any dead flowers to encourage new growth.

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40 Mixed Petunia 'Pirouette' Plug Plants
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40 Mixed Petunia 'Pirouette' Plug Plants
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The perfect petunia mix for any patio pot

  • A beautiful blend of pinks, purples and whites
  • Compact bushy habit makes them perfect for pots
  • Annual bedding flowers from May to September
  • Ready for delivery late March
5 Geranium Precision 'Dark Red' Jumbo Plug Plants
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5 Geranium Precision 'Dark Red' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Stunningly vibrant red on strong upright stems

  • Powerfully vibrant reds steal attention wherever they are
  • Ideal for hanging baskets
  • Semi-double flowers that last all summer long
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
40 Geranium 'Show Stopper' Collection Plug Plants
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40 Geranium 'Show Stopper' Collection Plug Plants
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Bright summer display that will make your garden come alive

  • Fantastic blend of Whites, Purples, Pinks and Reds
  • Perfect for borders, pots and baskets
  • Annual bedding flowers from May to September
  • Delivering now - order while stocks last.
40 Geranium Palladium 'Candy Floss' Collection Plug Plants
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40 Geranium Palladium 'Candy Floss' Collection Plug Plants
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Little summer sticks of candy floss growing toward the sun

  • A fantastic blend of pinks, purples and whites
  • Ideal for a pot on the patio or in the garden
  • Annual bedding that flowers from May all the way to September
  • Ready to plant out now - order while stocks last.
40 Mixed Petunia 'Frenzy' Plug Plants
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40 Mixed Petunia 'Frenzy' Plug Plants
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A magnificent abundance of colours and patterns to bring joy to your garden

  • Huge range of colours and patterns for your garden
  • Bushy habit makes them excellent for pots and beds
  • Annual bedding with flowers from May to September
  • Delivering now - order while stocks last.
40 Gazania 'Sunburst' Collection Plug Plants
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40 Gazania 'Sunburst' Collection Plug Plants
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Warm colours of summer sun captured in bright blooms

  • Warm, bright colours of summer sunshine
  • Make a stunning pot feature
  • Annual bedding flowers from June to October
  • Delivering now - order while stocks last.
5 Mixed Osteospermum 'Berries & Cream' Jumbo Plug Plants | Akila F1 Series
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5 Mixed Osteospermum 'Berries & Cream' Jumbo Plug Plants | Akila F1 Series
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A delicious blend of the sweetest colours of summer

  • Perfect blend of purples, pinks, and whites
  • Makes an excellent pot or bed feature
  • Annual bedding with flowers from June to September
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
5 Osteospermum 'White with Purple Eye' Jumbo Plug Plants | Akila F1 Series
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5 Osteospermum 'White with Purple Eye' Jumbo Plug Plants | Akila F1 Series
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White and purple mix for a dramatic colour contrast

  • Beautiful two-toned daisy white flowers with a hint of purple
  • Bright big flowers that look amazing in a border
  • Annual bedding flowers from May to September
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
40 Mixed Marigold 'French Fancy' Plug Plants
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40 Mixed Marigold 'French Fancy' Plug Plants
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A fiery mix of summer sunshine

  • Double flowers of bright orange, red and yellow
  • Fill a bed or pot with all the colours of sunshine
  • Annual bedding with flowers from May to September
  • Delivering now - order while stocks last.
40 Mixed Antirrhinum Plug Plants | Appeal F1 Series | Snapdragons
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40 Mixed Antirrhinum Plug Plants | Appeal F1 Series | Snapdragons
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All the Antirrhinums you need to make immaculate hanging baskets or pots

  • A range of beautifully blended colours
  • All you need for perfect hanging baskets or boxes
  • Flowers from June all the way to October
  • Ready for delivery late March
4 Dahlia Happy Days 'Purple' Jumbo Plug Plants
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4 Dahlia Happy Days 'Purple' Jumbo Plug Plants
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The prettiest purple flowers growing from the darkest leaves

  • Magenta purple single flowers
  • Compact and upright - superb in pots and features
  • Annual bedding flowers from July to October
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
5 Osteospermum 'Serenity Sunshine Beauty' Jumbo Plug Plants
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5 Osteospermum 'Serenity Sunshine Beauty' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Let the sunshine bloom all summer long

  • Sunshine colours which turn from yellow to orange
  • Perfectly suited to patio pots
  • Annual bedding which flowers from May to September
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
5 Mixed Petunia 'Pirouette' Jumbo Plug Plants
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5 Mixed Petunia 'Pirouette' Jumbo Plug Plants
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The perfect petunia mix for any patio pot

  • A beautiful blend of pinks, purples and whites
  • A compact bushy habit makes them perfect for pots, baskets or borders
  • Annual bedding flowering from May to September
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
4 Dahlia Gardenetta 'Peach' Jumbo Plug Plants
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4 Dahlia Gardenetta 'Peach' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Delicate blend of purples and peach yellows for a warm summer glow

  • Huge, delicate purple and peach-yellow flowers
  • Perfect flower for colour in late Summer to Autumn
  • Annual bedding flowering from June to December
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
5 Mixed Busy Lizzie Jumbo Plug Plants | Impatiens 'Beacon' Mix
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5 Mixed Busy Lizzie Jumbo Plug Plants | Impatiens 'Beacon' Mix
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Bright and bold Impatiens for Summer-long colour

  • A mix of powerful oranges, reds, pinks, and whites
  • Fill a pot or basket with a profusion of little bright flowers
  • Annual bedding flowers from May to October
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
4 Dahlia Dalina Maxi 'Lopez' Jumbo Plug Plants
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4 Dahlia Dalina Maxi 'Lopez' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Snowy white showstopping blooms

  • Huge double flower in the purest snow white
  • Fantastic for flower beds, borders or pots
  • Annual bedding with flowers from July through to October
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
5 Busy Lizzie 'Violet Shades' Jumbo Plug Plants | Impatiens 'Beacon'
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5 Busy Lizzie 'Violet Shades' Jumbo Plug Plants | Impatiens 'Beacon'
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Stunningly vibrant pink Impatiens for colour all summer long

  • Stunning vibrant Fuchsia pink flowers
  • Perfect for shady spots, pots & planters
  • Annual bedding flowers from May to September
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
5 Nemesia Aroma Plums & Custard Jumbo Plug Plants
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5 Nemesia Aroma Plums & Custard Jumbo Plug Plants
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The sweetest colours for your garden

  • Beautiful two toned purple and yellow flowers
  • An excellent feature in a patio pot
  • Annual bedding with flowers from May to September
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
40 Antirrhinum 'Burgundy Bicolour' Plug Plants | Appeal F1 Series | Snapdragons
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40 Antirrhinum 'Burgundy Bicolour' Plug Plants | Appeal F1 Series | Snapdragons
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Short and compact towers of burgundy and white beauty

  • Beautiful blend of rich burgundy and daisy white
  • Compact growth–perfect for pots or borders
  • Annual bedding which flowers from June right through to November
  • Ready to plant out now - order while stocks last.
15 Mixed Geranium Precision Mix Jumbo Plug Plants
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15 Mixed Geranium Precision Mix Jumbo Plug Plants
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A fantastic blend of bright semi-double Geranium flowers

  • A powerful mix of purples, reds and whites
  • Strong bushy habit with tall flower stems, perfect for borders or baskets
  • Annual bedding flowering from June to October
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
4 Dahlia Gardenetta 'Fireball' Jumbo Plug Plants
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4 Dahlia Gardenetta 'Fireball' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Blooms of red-hot fire lighting up your garden

  • Fiery red and yellow semi-double flowers
  • Perfect flower for a pot or bed
  • Annual bedding which flowers from July to October
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
4 Dahlia Dalina Maxi 'Emilio' Jumbo Plug Plants
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4 Dahlia Dalina Maxi 'Emilio' Jumbo Plug Plants
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Huge flowers of fiery hues

  • Huge double flowers of fiery orange
  • A fantastic plant for flower beds or borders
  • Annual bedding with big, bold flowers from July to October
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
4 Dahlia Dalina Maxi 'Sonora' Jumbo Plug Plants
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4 Dahlia Dalina Maxi 'Sonora' Jumbo Plug Plants
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A hundred beams of sunshine in one flower

  • Huge double flower of canary yellow
  • Fantastic for flower beds, borders or pots
  • Annual bedding with flowers from July through to October
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.
5 Mixed Antirrhinum F1 'Candelabra' Plug Plants | Snapdragons
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5 Mixed Antirrhinum F1 'Candelabra' Plug Plants | Snapdragons
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A mix of spreading Antirrhinum that cascade from hanging baskets

  • Beautiful mix of vibrant colours
  • Spreading habit–perfect for hanging baskets
  • Annual bedding which flowers from June right through to November
  • Order now to secure delivery mid-late April; the best time to plant.

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