Lavender and thyme hanging basket

Do it:

Apr, May

Takes just:

20 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Lavender and thyme herbs emit a delicate fragrance. Position this hanging basket near the patio or a window so you can catch its scent on the wind. Choose a dwarf lavender, such as the compact 'Bella Series', as the centrepiece and surround it with one or several different varieties of thyme for a good mix of colour and flavours.

You will need

  • Dwarf lavender, such as 'Kew Red' or 'Munstead'
  • Thyme plants x5
  • Hanging basket
  • Compost
  • Water-retaining crystals
  • Slow-release fertiliser

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Line the hanging basket with coir and plastic to retain moisture. Add compost mixed with water-retaining crystals and slow-release fertiliser. Position the dwarf lavender in the centre of the basket and plant the thyme plants around it.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Lavender and thyme both thrive in sunny conditions so hang this basket in the brightest, most sheltered spot you have. Be sure to water regularly though, as the warm location will quickly dry out the compost.

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