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Pelargonium and sutera pot display

You will need

  • Pelargonium 'Lady Plymouth' 6cm pot x1
  • Begonia 'Illumination White' x3
  • Helichrysum petiolare 6cm pot x4
  • Pelargonium tomentosum 6cm pot x4
  • Sutera cordata 'Snowflake' x5
  • Multi-purpose potting compost
  • Wool basket lining, large pack
  • Slow-release fertiliser
  • Water-retaining gel


Planting combinations don't have to be loud to make an impact. Sometimes it's useful to tone down the colours and create a more subtle arrangement that lets you use the hanging basket in many different situations.

This arrangement features several different foliage textures and shapes on long trailing stems, with highlights of large double begonia flowers and tiny white stars of sutera. The basket can be hung from a tree or garden structure away from the house, where the calmer colours and blend of different leaves don't immediately jump out, but offer a more gentle surprise as you come across them in the garden.

Plant it: May - June
At its best: June - August
Takes just: 45 minutes

How to do it:

Lining a basket with wool basket lining

1 Place a layer of wool in the bottom of the basket as a liner and bring it up the sides. You'll need quite a thick layer to provide the support the plants need. Give all the plants a good watering before starting.

Adding compost to the basket

2 Cut a circle from a compost bag for the bottom of the basket, to help retain water. Add slow-release fertiliser and water-retaining gel to the compost and mix well. Fill the bottom of the basket with compost.

Planting begonia and pelargonium

3 Start with a begonia and two Pelargonium tomentosum. Push their rootballs through the wires, placing plants low down the basket for a well-covered effect. Tuck lining around plants to keep compost in.

Planting helichrysum and remaining begonias

4 Plant the helichrysum, plus the remaining begonias and Pelargonium tomentosum next, adding more lining and compost as you fill the basket. Firm the compost around the rootballs as you go.

Adding lining material to the rim of the basket

5 Add more lining material up to the rim of the basket, but leave the compost 2.5cm below it, making a dip in the centre. Plant the upright Pelargonium 'Lady Plymouth' in the middle, with the five sutera around it.

Watering the basket

6 Firm the compost down well. Tidy up any damaged plants and water the basket thoroughly. Check the compost regularly to make sure it doesn't dry out and take off any browning leaves or spent blooms.

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