Four top tips on cre­at­ing the per­fect hang­ing bas­ket

Rutherglen Reformer - - Green Fingers -

Hang­ing bas­kets are al­ways a favourite dur­ing the sum­mer. So here’s four top tips to make sure yours is the envy of all the neigh­bours.

Choos­ing your bas­ket When it comes to choos­ing your hang­ing bas­ket they are typ­i­cally avail­able in plas­tic or wire which is more tra­di­tional. I’ve found that the big­ger the bas­ket the eas­ier it is to main­tain and the health­ier it stays, so I would rec­om­mend get­ting one over 13” in di­am­e­ter or above. If you pur­chase the wire bas­kets it’s im­por­tant to get a liner which will hold every­thing in place.

It’s usu­ally sold separately so make sure you get one.

Adding soil Adding soil to your hang­ing bas­kets is very straight for­ward.

It’s best to use a com­post which are specif­i­cally de­signed for what you’re do­ing so if you pop down to your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre and look for a con­tainer and bas­ket com­post that would be ideal.

The rea­son for this is that it has all the nec­es­sary nu­tri­ents, and wa­ter re­tain­ing gran­ules which help to hold in wa­ter when it gets dry, so less wa­ter­ing for you. But a gen­eral mul­ti­pur­pose com­post will do the job.

Plant­ing Bas­kets filled with one or two kinds of flow­ers of­ten have the big­gest im­pact and look much more ap­peal­ing than the ones with lots of dif­fer­ent types, but it’s re­ally down to per­sonal taste.

When us­ing mul­ti­ple types of plants, in­clude tall, midrange and trail­ing types.

Place the taller plants in the cen­tre and trail­ing plants round the edges. For ex­am­ple pe­tu­nia, gera­ni­ums, pan­sies will of­fer large flow­ers and add im­pact, while lo­belia, nepeta and cal­i­bra­choa have small trail­ing blooms which will help bring the whole bas­ket to­gether and add lots of dif­fer­ent tex­tures to your bas­ket through both fo­liage and blooms.

Also it’s a great al­ter­na­tive to us­ing ivy which can be a bit bor­ing and very in­va­sive in a hang­ing bas­ket.

Wa­ter well Make sure to wa­ter your bas­ket more fre­quently in the first few weeks to let the plants es­tab­lish into their new home.

If you have cho­sen the con­tainer and bas­ket com­post which has the wa­ter re­tain­ing gran­ules, wa­ter­ing will not need to be done as of­ten but if you’re us­ing just mul­ti­pur­pose com­post on its own make sure to check your bas­ket daily and wa­ter if dry.

I hope this quick guide has en­cour­aged you to try and cre­ate your own hang­ing bas­ket from scratch.

Not only is it de­signed to suit you but the sat­is­fac­tion of mak­ing it your­self should make it worth­while.

For more ideas visit the gallery page on my web­site where you can see some of the bas­kets I have cre­ated.

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