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Hanging Basket Tutorial & Infographic

Hanging Basket Tutorial & Infographic
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Adding a hanging basket to any home adds colour, style and interest. Traditional hanging baskets usually contain decorative flowers like Begonia, Lobelia and Geraniums.

Floral baskets are perfect for correcting the perspective of a garden; adding flowers and plants higher up helps make a garden look more uniformed and will bring the eye up from ground level.

If you live in an urban area and don’t have much growing space a hanging basket can be a great alternative!

Hanging baskets come in all shapes, sizes and styles. If you are new to hanging baskets, try planting a large basket first. The larger the basket is the more moisture it will retain. This is important because hanging baskets are notorious for drying out very quickly!

All hanging baskets should be watered everyday but by choosing a larger option, it should be easier to maintain during the warmer months. Traditional baskets usually have a round shape; if you’re looking for something a little more modern choose a cone or a box style.

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When it comes to choosing a basket you will also find you have three choices when it comes to material; plastic, wood and metal wire. Plastic and wooden baskets are usually solid with small drainage holes. The more solid basket options will not need a liner. If you choose a metal wire basket you will need to use a liner otherwise any soil will just fall out.

There are many different types of liners to choose from. A sphagnum moss lining is very traditional and holds a lot of water.

This moss type lining looks great but is not sold in sheet form; you have to carefully pack it into a basket with soil. This can be tedious so is probably more suited to experienced gardeners. A cocoa liner is the easiest type of lining to work with. It comes in preformed shapes and sizes. It is designed to easily fit into a corresponding basket.

This type of lining is very thick and will give your basket a neat finish. Supamoss lining is the most versatile type of lining available; it is filled with holes which allow for good drainage. This moss type lining has a plastic lining so it retains enough water for plants. This type of lining has a natural finish and is malleable so you can adjust it to fit in most baskets. You will find a good range of lining in most garden centres and online.

If you want a traditional looking hanging basket use colourful and fragrant flowers. In March the best type of flowers to plant are Pansies.

Pansies are very hardy plants; they can withstand any late snowfall or frosty temperatures. They come in many different colours and are very well suited to container planting. When choosing flowers for your hanging basket think about how you want to flowers to fall.

Pansies are perfect for planting in the middle of a basket but you might also want flowers which hand down when in bloom. Trailing Lobelia is a great flower to choose; the flowers will hang down around the edge of your basket.

Begonia ‘Chanson Pink’ flowers are also perfect; they have long stems and beautiful pink flowers. They would be perfect for planting around the edge of a basket too. Take a look at our infographic below; it takes you through the process of creating a hanging basket step by step.

Hanging Basket Tutorial Infographic

A hanging basket is not just for flowers; you can also grow herbs too! Think about adding a herb basket near your kitchen door; this will make it easy to access fresh herbs when cooking. You can plant herbs in a hanging basket in the same way you would plant flowers. Parsley, basil, sage, chives and thyme will grow well in a basket.

Think about position when you’re planting herbs. Chives and basil would work well when planted in the centre of a basket; they are upright growing plants so need a good amount of space; around the edges of your basket plant bushier herbs like parsley, thyme of sage. Herbs need a good amount of sunlight and will need to be watered at least once a day.

Vegetables and fruits can also grow well in a basket; you just need to choose the right varieties. Any vegetable which sprawls over the ground can be used in a hanging basket.

Cherry tomatoes are perfect for a basket; choose a tumbling variety. This type of cherry tomato grows on long vines which will drape down. Plant them round the edge of a basket for a pretty finish.

Lettuce also grows very well in a basket; it can also be harvested while growing. Lettuce would grow well in the centre of a hanging basket.

If you want to try fruit why not grow strawberries! Strawberries are a popular choice for hanging baskets; they grow well and produce a lot of tasty fruit.

You can grow most varieties of strawberries in a basket. They should be planted in the middle of a basket and should not be planted too deep. Feed your strawberries once a week and water them regularly. You should place a strawberry basket in an area with good sun; in the summer rotate your basket so all sides of the plant gets enough sun.

Strawberries also grow well when surrounded by herbs. Mint works very well and is also hardy. It will add a nice fragrance to any basket and is perfect for cocktails too!

Once you have added soil, compost and plants to your basket you can hang it! Hanging baskets can be very heavy once watered so make sure you use a good bracket. You can find many different option at most garden centres and online.

Make sure you attach the bracket to a solid wall and use the correct screws. Hanging baskets look great near doors and windows; just make sure they will get enough light throughout the year. 

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