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Planting summer baskets

Published: 23rd May, 2018

Hanging baskets - Henry StreetThe addition of magical hanging baskets can add drama and impact to your garden, patio or front door, brighten up a sunny wall, or with the right choice of plants, even add colour to tricky shady areas. And it’s so easy … hanging baskets can be created in under an hour, if you put a little thought into getting the components together first.

The baskets themselves are usually made of wire, lined with moss and filled with compost.  There are many varieties, shapes and sizes available but the best advice we can give is to think big. The larger the basket, the more moisture it will retain, keeping your plants in better condition than a small one, so buy the biggest you can find. Henry Street stocks a large variety in store.

The choice of plants that you add to your basket is an entirely personal one and fashions come and go. In fact, with our TVs and magazines full of images from the Chelsea Flower show taking place this week you may pick up inspirational tips on plants and flowers that you would never have thought of! Choose colours and shapes that work together and don’t mix too many varieties in one basket.  It’s a good idea to combine upright plants with those that trail to get a full shape. The current trend is towards two or three varieties with several plants of each as necessary. For a striking contemporary look a single colour is very in vogue.

If you want a basket that reliably performs then stick to the wonderful old favourites which are tried and tested and will put on a great show all the way through the summer when watered well and deadheaded regularly.

Our top picks for bloomin lovely hanging baskets are:

  • Begonia
  • Fuschia
  • Lobelia
  • Pelargoniums
  • Surfinia petunias
  • Buzy Lizzies
  • Trailing carnations
  • Verbena
  • Alyssum
  • Trailing ivy

Like any potted plant hanging baskets do need regular care. They are exposed to sun and wind so will quickly dry out. Be certain to water them on a regular basis and put them on a regular fertilizer schedule for healthier blooms all summer long. (Some potting composts contain long-lasting granular fertilizers. If you use this type you may not need to fertilize your plants often, if at all. Fertilizing too much is as bad as not fertilizing enough, so read the package directions carefully.) Choose a liquid fertilizer that is high in phosphorus and before you know it your baskets will be a powder puff of colour and the envy of your neighbourhood. If you are away from home for any long period of time during the summer, Henry Street sells a variety of irrigation kits so you can come home to baskets that are still full of life.

For quick and easy gardening Henry Street Garden Centre has a large selection of pre-planted baskets and pots, planted with our top quality, nursery grown Bedding Plants.

Henry Street hanging baskets and potsWicker baskets and cone £19.99 each or 2 for £30.00.

 

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  • Shawn

    Just the tip on hanging baskets if you take any regular plastic grocery bag cut a hole in the bottom of it put it between the soil and the Moss it will help keep moisture in and keep it from drying out so soon.

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