When you go shopping for your colour in the garden, or any bedding plants, try and buyig from a known supplier such as a nursery or garden centre. You can buy plants at the grocery store these days, but the quality tends not to be as reliable.
A known garden centre does care and they want you to have the best experience as possible, but even they can have poor quality at times.
So buy your plant material carefully, and make sure you get the best plants your money can buy.
Be CHOOSIE when you walk into a nursery or garden centre, it's hard not to be taken in with the displays and colourful plants. They are counting on you making an impulse or emotional purchase.
But take a minute and really look at what you are buying, and how the plant material in the displays is looking.
Do the plants look healthy and well cared for?
Are there a lot dead leaves and flowers on the plants?
Does the display look kept up and neat?
Is the plant material full of color, but old and overgrown?
Take a look at different displays in the centre and judge where they are well cared for
The seedlings need to be nice and compact.
The flats of plants are not overgrown
They are uniform in growth
They are clean and neat
They look super healthy
They are not in full flower!
This is very important! You want to buy plants with lots of buds, not lots of flowers, perhaps a flower or two open so you can see the colour, but mostly not.
You want to enjoy your plants as long as possible, and with bedding plants and annuals, you only have a few months to enjoy them, so get plants before they are in full flower.
I have found that you will only get 12 WEEKS max of a great floral display, then you need to replant the bed.