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Picture of red, pink and white impatiens flowers used as bedding plants.

Picture of red, pink and white impatiens flowers used as bedding plants.

David Beaulieu
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Bedding plants are plants (usually annuals) massed with others to produce the maximum in visual appeal. With an eye to the five basic elements of landscape design (color, scale, line, form and texture), a landscape designer skillfully arranges each bedding plant in relation to the accompanying annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. By browsing the pictures in the following resource, you can learn more about how to use the five basic elements of landscape design:

Landscape Design Ideas: A Pictorial Guide

The term "bedding plants" may also refer not so much to how these specimens are used as to how they are bought. Because many flowers are required to create these impressive drifts of color, cost is a consideration, assuming that you are landscaping on a budget. Annuals are cheaper than perennials, so that helps keep costs down. But even annuals can be expensive when bought individually. That is why bedding plants are sold by the "cell pack."

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