At its best:
Jun, Jul, Aug
Rather than using sphagnum moss, which may be taken from peat bogs, line your basket with conifer clippings and moss gathered from your lawn, instead. Add plenty of material to create a good, solid base to your basket.
Add a couple of pieces of plastic – cut from an old compost bag or similar – to help retain moisture in the basket. Pierce a couple of drainage holes in the plastic, to avoid waterlogging.
Clip around any conifer foliage poking out of the sides of the hanging basket, for a neat finish. Add extra leaves around the edge of needed.
Fill the basket two-thirds full with compost and add slow-release fertiliser to encourage growth and water-retaining
gel to ensure the compost stays moist. Plant the larger, upright specimens, such as the heliotrope and verbena, in the middle first.
Add the trailing plants around the edge of the hanging basket. Space the plants evenly and fill any gaps with more compost.
The basket is now ready. Don’t water it until you’ve hung it up, because that will make it heavy and awkward to lift.