Perfect for a sunny spot, it provides a long season of colour throughout summer. To keep it looking good, be prepared to give it a thorough soaking everyday, especially in hot weather, which will dry out the soil quickly.
You Will Need
- Trailing begonia e.g. 'Million Kisses Romance'
- Petunia 'Surfinia Blue'
- Verbena 'Ipanema Blue'
- Calibrachoa 'Callie Peach'
- Hanging basket with coir liner
- Peat-free multi-purpose compost
- Slow-release fertiliser pellets
Place the basket in an empty flower pot to make planting easier.
Add the coir liner and fill two-thirds with compost.
Position the plants in the basket, ensuring the begonia is well placed to grow over the sides. Add more compost and firm plants in well.
Add slow-release fertiliser pellets to boost the floweing potential of the plants.
Water the basket thoroughly and allow to drain before hanging it in its final position.
Kevin Smith says…
Be bold with colour combinations, not being afraid to mix contrasting shades. Orange and purple is a classic mix, although you could also try yellow and purple for a similar effect. Hanging baskets are relatively short lived, so take the opportunity to be creative.