Create a jumble of flowers for a hanging basket full of cottage-garden charm. It’s also a way of making a big impact and injecting colour into a space. Petunias, geraniums, verbena and diascia all add to this informal scheme.
When planting a hanging basket, choose a colour theme and stick to it – here a strict mix of pink and purple create a traditional look with a modern twist.
Cram as many plants as possible into your basket – that will give you the best possible chance of creating an explosion of flowers.
You Will Need
- Hanging basket and liner
- Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
- Purple petunia (3)
- Purple diascia (3)
- Purple trailing verbena (3)
- Lilac ivy-leaf geranium
Use a liner and plastic to line your basket. Make sure both overlap the edges.
Half fill your basket with compost and create holes in the liner to use for plants.
Top up with compost, plant the top of the basket and water well. Cut away excess liner.
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Take hanging baskets down in windy conditions. This will prevent plants becoming broken and reduce the risk of brackets and hooks getting damaged. Stand them on a large plant pot in a sheltered spot until the weather calms down.