How to create a summer hanging basket

Do it:

May, Jun

Takes just:

15 minutes

At its best:

Jul, Aug, Sep

This eye catching orange-themed summer basket features diascia, fuchsia and heuchera, and is easy to make. Choose a pre-moulded coir basket to make it even more simple. It doesn't really matter which plants you use, as long as you have some to fill the centre, plus trailing plants to spill gracefully over the sides.

You will need

  • 1 Ipomoea 'Sweet Caroline'
  • 3 Calibrachoa 'Million Bells Cherry'
  • 1 Osteospermum 'Tresco Purple'
  • 6 Diascia 'Red Ace'
  • 36cm metalware basket, grass clippings
  • Multi-purpose compost or peat-free alternative
  • Water-retaining gel, 9cm plastic pot
  • Slow-release fertiliser

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Prop the basket on a bucket and line it with moist grass clippings. Alternatively you can buy a pre-moulded coir basket. To help retain moisture add a layer of plastic inside this.

Snip a few drainage holes into the plastic, then fill the basket two-thirds full with compost (mixed with water-retaining gel). Plant the tallest plants off centre.

Plant the trailing plants around the edge, where their flowers will quickly grow over the sides.

It's important to keep plants well fed, so give them a boost of liquid plant food, such as tomato fertiliser, at this stage.

Give your plants a good water, and allow to drain before hanging the basket in its final position.

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Remember to water your baskets at least once a day, or more frequently, when it's hot and dry or windy.

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