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Hanging baskets and bedding plants at Longacres

It’s still not feeling too warm outside, but at least you can give your garden a splash of colour with our range of bedding plants and hanging baskets.

We have a large range of bedding plants currently available, starting from just £1.39 for single geraniums, and £2.29 for box bedding (and the range of bedding at Longacres is second to none!)

We have a range of hanging baskets in all sizes and colours available – starting from just £9.99.

hanging baskets at Longacres

If you prefer to make your own hanging baskets up, here at Longacres we provide everything you need from brackets and liners, through to drip feeders and plant selections.  You can even chose the colour scheme you desire from one of our selection packs, especially chosen for the variety of plants they contain to bring out the best in your hanging basket displays.

If you aren’t the greatest at remembering to water your plants, don’t forget we also offer a wide range of artificial hanging baskets, along with attractive artificial Gardman and Cadix Buxus Balls.

For all your bedding and hanging basket needs, we look forward to welcoming you to Longacres soon.

Bedding Plants at Longacres

We are well into the Spring season and before we know it Summer will be upon us, so make sure that you are well prepared to introduce lots of splashes of colours, scents, butterflies and bees into your garden by buying your bedding from Longacres, where we have hundreds of different varieties to suit every type of gardener and garden!

Antirrhinums, Petunias, Geraniums, Fuchsias, Impatiens, Lobelias, Marigolds and Nicotianas are just a small example of the bedding plants available to buy both in store or online from as little as £1.39 in a 9cm pot, £1.99 as a 6 pack of boxed bedding, or just £2.99 as a 12 pack of boxed bedding.

Our grower of bedding plants, Perfect Choice, have invested in a stylish, bright and bold new delivery van to transport all of our bedding plants to us ready to offer to you!

Perfect Choice New Van

Perfect Choice is a small family run nursery just 8 miles down the road from us in Locally grown plants have lots of advantages; it means less of a carbon footprint, plants are as fresh and perfect as they come, we save on distribution costs (which means a better price for you, our customer!), and finally we are supporting the local economy and of course another family run business – just like ours.

Visit us in store to view the full bedding range, or click here to view the online range.

Please note when buying online that you can mix and match all boxed bedding but the total number of boxes must be a minimum of 6.

Mixed Zinnia

Liven up Your Garden with Bedding plants | Longacres

Gardens are a homeowner’s paradise. It is, however, rather unfortunate that they often end up looking like blank canvasses during the winter—with snow or leaves covering the ground. As soon as the first signs of spring come along, it is time to liven up the garden with colours—and flower beds are a great way to achieve this.

Despite usually lasting only a single season, they can provide your garden with vibrant colours and energise exterior spaces.

They can fill the gaps between plants shrubs that have yet to grow fully. You can also plant a whole bed for an immediate effect. Let’s take a look at what you can do to make great bedding plants in your garden:

Choosing Flower Colours

It is all about the colour. Once you pick a colour scheme for your bedding, you can choose the right seeds to plant afterwards. You can be as creative as you want to be with combinations or you can choose to fill the space with a single, solid colour.

Giving Seeds a Good Start

After planting the seeds for your choice of flowers, you may want to give them a head start by watering them with a water-soluble fertiliser. This way, you can ensure that they have all the nutrients needed to sprout up and beautify your garden as quickly as possible.

Keeping Beds Pest-Free

There will always be the issue of pests in the garden. It is important to use just the right pesticides for the job. When buying, make certain to ask for the least toxic products. Also, buy only the smallest containers. Large ones can take years to consume and will lose effectiveness by then.

Flower beds are often the star attraction of gardens. With them, you get a chance to brighten up your garden with beautiful colour combinations.

Longacres is your prime source for garden supplies, bird feeders, and more. Check out our online range for all the seeds you will need to add a dash of colour to your garden!

Bedding plants – trip to the proving grounds

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We had a brilliant day out to the ‘proving grounds’ this week – where the existing, new and even experimental spring, summer and autumn bedding plant varieties are tested; and growers, garden centres and other groups come to make buying choices for the next year. Even the entrance was awash with colour – the large beds of Zinnia and Phlox looked brilliant.

Zinnia Bedding Plants


Phlox Bedding Plants







Everything is planted in beds stretching far and wide, with a change in variety in every row. They are watered just once, and then left to grow in whatever conditions the UK chooses to throw at them that season. It gives a very good indication of how they will cope with our climate – important as many of the experimental varieties are developed abroad in places such as Spain and the US west coast where conditions are ideal and just a little better than ours.

The verbenas were amazing – masses of colours to choose from, including some eye-catching hybrids. These two were favourites:

Verbena (experimental)

Verbena (experimental)

Verbena Quartz Redeye

Verbena Quartz Redeye






There were also rows of Salvias and an amazing mix of Zinnia as you can see below.


Salvia beds at the proving grounds

Mixed Zinnia

Mixed Zinnia







We found plenty of new varieties which will be available at Longacres next year (both instore and online, in our bedding plant section), along with some new hanging basket examples.

At the proving grounds they also included an interesting ‘invisible’ water feature in one of their show sections, and areas displaying the all of the plants in a variety of ways – beds, pots, hanging baskets, vertical walls and more.

The magic tap water feature

The ‘magic tap’ water feature

Close-up photography

Close-up photography

Petunia Hybrid

Petunia Hybrid







We had a great time – many thanks to Royden, Mel and Wendy at Perfect Choice. This was my first trip up there, but I’m hoping I can make it every year from now on.

French Marigold

Bedding bedlam – time for an explosion of colour!

May is quite possibly one of the busiest months for gardeners up and down the country! The risk of frosts is diminishing (but they can have a habit of surprising us from time to time with a cold night), the days are lengthening and the temperatures are really beginning to warm up. What better way to signal the start of the true summer season then by planting out your summer bedding plants? Below are a few of Longacres top picks for adding colour to your garden now that will last all summer.


Marigolds are must have in any summer bedding scheme or planted container. With the African types that bear large showy blooms or the smaller but unbelievably free flowering French marigold, both come in an array of reds, yellows, oranges and whites!

Top Tips

  • Keep out of any frost – make sure that if we are going to have a sharp cold night you protect your bedding with frost fleece
  • Make sure the soil is light, nutrient rich and free-draining – keep well watered in the dry summer months
  • Dead head regularly and dead head the old flowers to prolong their flowing period
  • Plant FRENCH marigolds near your other plants or vegetables to help deter white fly
French Marigold

Upright & Trailing Geraniums

Arguably the most recognisable of any summer bedding plant, the geranium is a real treat for the eyes with their lush green foliage and showy colourful blooms in just about any colour imaginable! These versatile plants are also fairly drought tolerant and need little care except for a drink every now and then, a spot of dead heading and a feed from time to time. Trailing geraniums are perfect for hanging baskets while upright geraniums look stunning in a bedding display or as a container centre piece.

Top Tips

  • Don’t over water your geraniums – this can cause grey mould to develop on your plants
  • Protect plants from slugs and snail using copper wire, or organic pellets
  • Dead head the old flowers to prolong flowering and remove any yellow or damaged leaves as you see them to help the plant thrive

New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens is a stunning species of the impatiens family, the ‘bigger sibling’ if you like of the common bedding impatien. These large annuals provide stunning colour all season long and are not affected by the damaging, and deadly, impatiens downy mildew disease like their smaller bedding counter parts are. Due to the size of these plants they best as the central feature in a container or in a larger bedding display.

Top Tips

  • Plant in full sun for the best flowers, deadheading the older flowers to prolong the flowing period
  • Water regularly in high summer – don’t let your New Guineas dry out
  • Use the exotic & lush foliage as a feature as well as its showy flowers

Hopefully this has given you some summer bedding inspiration to add some wow factor to your gardens not just for now, but for all summer long. With the RHS Chelsea Flower show just around the corner there’s plenty to view, get inspired by and learn from in this garden orientated month!