Osteospermum, petunia and verbena hanging basket

Do it:

Mar, Apr, May

Takes just:

45 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

This pretty hanging basket display uses purple-flowered plants to dramatic effect. The purple osetospermum sits at the centre of the display, with the darker-flowered verbena around it, and the petunia plants trailing over the edge. Hang this basket in a sunny spot and deadhead spent blooms regularly, and you'll have a glorious, rich display throughout summer.

You will need

  • Purple osteospermum
  • Petunia 'Priscilla'
  • Heuchera 'Obsidian'
  • Brachyscome 'Strawberry Pink'
  • Verbena 'Lanai Purple with Eye'
  • Cone hanging basket with plastic liner
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser

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Place the basket in an empty, sturdy plant pot, to make planting easier.

Cut drainage holes in the plastic lining, so water can pass through.

Fill two-thirds with compost, add slow-release fertiliser granules and mix them in with your hands. Plant the osteospermum in the centre of the basket, firming well.

Plant the other plants around the osteospermum, making sure the petunias can spill over the sides of the basket, and leaving plenty of space for growth. Fill in any gaps with compost and firm all plants in well.

Water the basket thoroughly and allow to drain before hanging it in its final position.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Hanging baskets are thirsty and need a lot of water to thrive. Be sure to water them once a day, sometimes twice in very hot weather. Stand a bucket under baskets to catch excess water – this way nothing goes to waste.

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