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Geranium and verbena pot display

You will need

  • Red geranium plants, e.g. Pelargonium 'Toscana Tabea' x5
  • Red trailing verbenas x3
  • Dichondra 'Silver Falls' x5
  • 35cm wire hanging basket and liner
  • Compost and slow-release fertiliser
  • Water-retaining gel

Overview

This tropical hanging basket combination is reminiscent of Mediterranean holidays and it's ideal if the spot you have in mind for your basket is hot. The rich blood-reds and burgundies of the verbenas and geraniums pulse with colour, offset by the silver leaves of the cascading dichondra, which are even more lustrous in full sun. Water generously - twice a day if it's really hot - and feed regularly to promote new flower growth and ward off mildew in the verbena.
Plant it: May - June
At its best: June - August
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

1Suspend the basket to make planting up the sides easier and add a coir liner, preferably one with holes in the sides. Fill the basket two-thirds with compost, mixed with a couple of handfuls of water-retaining gel.


2Plant up the sides with two each of the geraniums and dichondra, gently pushing the rootballs through the holes from the outside to avoid damaging the leaves.


3In the centre of the basket, plant the verbenas, and alternate the rest of the geraniums and dichondra around the edges. Add some slow-release fertiliser to the compost.


4Fill up the basket with compost to 2cm below the rim, pushing it down firmly with your fingers as you go. Water in well and allow the basket to drain before transferring it to its bracket.


Adam's tip

If you are an organic gardener, add pelleted chicken manure. This will release nutrients slowly, keeping your basket well fed.



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margaret magill 17/05/2013 at 15:22

I make my own liquid fertiliser from household and garden waste,it is never the same strength sowhat ratoi should Iuse when watering? Yours margaret magill