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Osteospermum, petunia and verbena hanging basket

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do To do in March

Do To do in April

Do To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

This pretty hanging basket display uses purple-flowered plants to dramatic effect. The purple osetospermum sits at the centre of the display, with the darker-flowered verbena around it, and the petunia plants trailing over the edge. Hang this basket in a sunny spot and deadhead spent blooms regularly, and you’ll have a glorious, rich display throughout summer.

You will need

  • Purple osteospermum
  • Petunia ‘Priscilla’
  • Heuchera ‘Obsidian’
  • Brachyscome ‘Strawberry Pink’
  • Verbena ‘Lanai Purple with Eye’
  • Cone hanging basket with plastic liner
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser
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Step 1

Place the basket in an empty, sturdy plant pot, to make planting easier.

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Step 2

Cut drainage holes in the plastic lining, so water can pass through.

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Step 3

Fill two-thirds with compost, add slow-release fertiliser granules and mix them in with your hands. Plant the osteospermum in the centre of the basket, firming well.

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Step 4

Plant the other plants around the osteospermum, making sure the petunias can spill over the sides of the basket, and leaving plenty of space for growth. Fill in any gaps with compost and firm all plants in well.

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Step 5

Water the basket thoroughly and allow to drain before hanging it in its final position.

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Kevin Smith says…

Hanging baskets are thirsty and need a lot of water to thrive. Be sure to water them once a day, sometimes twice in very hot weather. Stand a bucket under baskets to catch excess water – this way nothing goes to waste.

Kevin Smith