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Marguerite and verbena hanging basket

You will need

  • Begonia 'Pink Wave' x3
  • Marguerite 'Butterfly'Plectranthus forsteri 'Marginatus' x3
  • Verbena 'Peaches and Cream' x5
  • Fertiliser and water-retaining gel
  • 30cm rattan basket
  • Compost

Overview

The colour combination of pink and yellow creates a refreshing display, blending pretty marguerites and pink begonias with the peachy pompoms of verbena. Play up the cottage-garden look with a rustic basket, and decorate the sides with a trail of plectranthus. Position the basket in a sunny spot and keep it looking good by regularly deadheading flowers and removing any faded begonia leaves. Pinch out the plectranthus from time to time to keep it bushy.
Plant it: May - June
At its best: June - August
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

1Snip a few holes in the basket's plastic liner for drainage, then support the basket in a bucket. Now fill the basket two-thirds with compost.


2Mix the fertiliser and water-retaining gel into the compost. Then plant the begonias just off-centre, with the marguerite behind.


3Alternate the verbena and plectranthus around the edge - the plectranthus will quickly grow to hide the sides of the basket.


4Fill the spaces between the plants with compost, ensuring a gap of 2cm is left at the top of the basket. Firm down to get rid of air pockets, and water well.


Adam's tip

Use a soil-based compost with water-retaining gel to help prevent your plants drying out.
If frost is forecast in May, bring plants under cover.



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carexcarex 24/11/2011 at 15:27

Hi,
love the combination of plants but wonder why you give no hint of the size of container necessary; it's so hard to get it right if the pot is too small. I've learned to not even start with anything smaller than 14 inches.
Thanks.

carexcarex 24/11/2011 at 15:27

Hi,
love the combination of plants but wonder why you give no hint of the size of container necessary; it's so hard to get it right if the pot is too small. I've learned to not even start with anything smaller than 14 inches.
Thanks.