The first step towards creating a lush, beautiful hanging basket is choosing the right plants. Long trailing plants such as trailing petunias require only top planting. For short-trailing plants such as the ‘Tapien’ purple verbena, plant on the sides of the basket as well as the top to create a stunning, full-looking floral display.
Step 2: Add Potting Soil
The selection of a high quality potting soil is the most essential step in creating a healthy hanging basket. Choose a lightweight, bagged soil mix designed especially for hanging baskets. The soil should contain a mixture of organic ingredients that will feed your plants.
Step 3: Choose a Focal Plant:
The first plant you install in the hanging basket will be a focal point in the design, so choose a specimen with a long blooming time and vigorous performance.
Step 4: Arrange Trailing Flowers:
Surround your focal plant with flowers or plants that have spreading and trailing habits. These plants will fill in blank spots quickly, giving your basket a full look with fewer plants. If your basket will be hanging above your reach, choose varieties that don’t require deadheading to ease maintenance tasks.
Step 5: Water Thoroughly:
Water the newly planted basket until you see runoff. Expect to water your hanging baskets daily, perhaps even twice a day when hot, dry conditions persist. If you water in the morning, wet the foliage as well, to discourage spider mites. Fertilise your baskets twice a month to keep them looking healthy throughout the season.
Hanging baskets create beautiful focal points for your front porch, patio or any outdoor spaces. They create gardens where there is limited space and decorate bland areas around your home. Those that don’t own their homes can create beautiful gardens and relocate them when they move. Gardman offers a huge selection of hanging baskets in different colours, sizes and materials like metal, rattan and sisal. Gardman encourages you to be creative and bold using the inspirations and ideas from this website to transform your home with hanging gardens. And don’t hesitate to share with us your own ideas and pictures to go into our Photo Gallery.