bedding plants

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Now is the perfect time to plant cool season bedding plants that will brighten our flower gardens and landscapes for the next five or six months-- well into the next spring.

Gardeners often overlook the fact that some of these cool season bedding plants are wonderfully fragrant. Color always seems to be the dominant factor in selecting these plants.

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Plantings of Caladiums are generally past their prime by the time we reach the early part of October, or they will be soon, and it's time to decide what you want to do with them. Your choices are: pull them up and throw them away; leave the tubers in the ground; or dig them up, store the tubers over the winter, and plant them again next year.

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The Coleus is a popular bedding plant here in Baton Rouge.

Known for their amazing diversity, the colorful foliage of Coleuses brightens flower beds and containers through the long summer season.

Columbine “Swan Blue white” – Bicolored columbines grace landscapes in April with their stately flower stalks arising above the plant foliage.
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Tender perennials have a lot of stamina -- they may actually look great in November when it's time to put the cool season bedding plants in -- but it's best to pull them out. / Flickr

Forlorn flower beds past their prime and overrun with weeds are an all too familiar sight this time of year. But it's not too hot to freshen up your garden with some new bedding plants.