Follow our tips for a beautiful hanging display this summer
Hanging baskets can make a big difference to the front of a house and look fabulous in the garden too. Here’s our essential guide to getting the right mix…
Buy the basics
You’ll need a coated-wire basket, a fibre basket liner, a circle of black plastic punctured with holes, multipurpose compost, fertiliser granules and water-retaining gel – all available from good garden centres. You’ll also need a strong wall bracket that can take the weight of the basket and its watered contents.
Choose your flowers
Choose a mix of trailing and upright plants – geraniums, begonias, lobelias, sweet peas and petunias work well – keep baskets in a greenhouse or sheltered spot until any danger of late frosts has passed
Give it a good start
Help plants put all their energy into establishing roots by pinching off early flowers. Once the plants are larger you can let them bloom.
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Water and feed regularly
With many roots in a small space, the plants will need help from Miracle-Gro All-purpose Plant Food, £4.49 for 1kg, Homebase. If you plan to go away, plant baskets with a moisture-absorbing compost that retains twice as much water as ordinary compost
Top tip: Petunias and trailing lobelia will make a grand statement on your front porch.
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