Fo­liage-filled hang­ing bas­kets

Heuchera in a hang­ing bas­ket brings warm colour­ful fo­liage to be en­joyed long af­ter sum­mer flow­ers bid their farewell

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Hang­ing bas­ket Plas­tic bag liner or moss Trowel Gen­eral pur­pose com­post Up­right heuchera plants such as ‘Shang­hai’ Trail­ing heucherella plants such as ‘Red­stone Falls’, ‘Glacier Falls’ and ‘Yel­low­stone Falls’.

Fo­liage Hang­ing BaS­KeTS pro­vide an at­trac­tive way of ex­tend­ing colour be­yond the warmer months, af­ter flow­ers be­gin to fade. Hardy plants re­quire lit­tle main­te­nance, and us­ing Heuchera ‘Shang­hai’ as a start­ing point makes for an eye-catch­ing out­door ar­range­ment. As well as an abun­dance of dra­matic sil­ver-pur­ple leaves, it also pro­duces charm­ing, tiny creamy-white flow­ers in sum­mer and is es­pe­cially suited to grow­ing in con­tain­ers, prefer­ably in par­tial shade.

Plant­ing the hang­ing bas­ket

Firstly, a bas­ket is cho­sen which is big enough to hold sev­eral plants. It should be lined us­ing an old fer­tiliser bag which has a few holes cut into it to al­low for drainage, or bet­ter still, a layer of moss. A saucer can be placed at the bot­tom to con­serve more wa­ter if de­sired be­fore the bas­ket is filled half­way up with com­post. The up­right heuchera can then be care­fully planted in the cen­tre and trail­ing heucherel­las, such as ‘Red­stone Falls’ and ‘Glacier Falls’ added to cas­cade over the sides. The bas­ket should be wa­tered on warm, dry days and not al­lowed to dry out.

Trail­ing heucherella va­ri­eties, such as this ‘Glacier Falls’, are planted around the sides of the bas­ket.

Heuchera ‘Shang­hai’ is an up­right va­ri­ety with creamy flow­ers. This is planted in the cen­tre of the bas­ket.

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