Your Summer Hanging Basket - Our Top Tips
The Hanging Basket takes centre stage this month. This traditional planting can make a real statement in your garden and is really easy to accomplish. What you will Need You will need a 14'' hanging basket, 14'' liner, multi-purpose compost, water retaining gel and slow release fertiliser. And of course some plants of your choice! Let's get Started Start with proping the basket with the liner onto a bucket (this will stop the basket from rolling around as you are planting it). Mix your compost with a spoon of swell gel and a spoon of slow release fertiliser and water (leave this mix for about an hour before using). Half fill the basket with your compost mix, then start placing your plants. Plant something tall in the centre e.g. geraniums to create some height in the basket. Surround this with your trailing plants (petunia, diascia, bacopa). Fill in with compost and as a finishing touch plant lobelia or allyssum into any gaps. Water well! Shhh...Our Top Tips When hanging your basket avoid windy spots as this will dry out the basket very fast. Place in a sunny spot - water at least once a day and more when it is hot and dry or very windy. Choice of Plants The choice of plants for your hanging basket is very personal. Some people like a riot of mixed colour while others like a more co-ordinated look. It will also depend on the aspect of where you are placing your basket although remember most of the summer bedding plants prefer a sunny spot. If you have a shady area, choose plants such as begonias, fuschia, mimulus and new guinea bizzy lizzie which will give you fantastic colour and brighten up that shady corner.