How to Make the Perfect Summer Hanging Basket

How to Make the Perfect Summer Hanging Basket

    Hanging Baskets are an ideal way to bring some colour to the walls of your home & garden.

    Our garden expert Michelle has created a straightforward guide to help you create your own hanging basket and provides some helpful tips to ensure that the flowers in your hanging basket prosper.

    Here’s a checklist of everything you will need:

    Here are the plants Michelle included in her hanging basket:

        • Begonia
        • Surfinias
        • Yellow Bidens
        • Lobelia

    Michelle's Hanging Basket Guide:

    1. The first step is to select your basket, liner, and a bracket to hang it on. We offer baskets in a range of styles and colours to suit the look and feel of your garden.

    2. Now make a base by adding some Multi-Purpose Compost with John Innes until the basket is half full. This compost has added loam which helps with moisture retention, ensuring your plants don’t dry up too quickly.

    3. Shake in 1-2 scoops of Fertigel and then mix it with the compost. Fertigel is a feed and water agent that nourishes your plants and prevents them from being over or under watered.

    4. Next, add some more compost, bringing it up to within an inch of the top of the basket.

    5. Now it’s time to start putting in your plants and arranging them. Line them up together first before you add any more compost.

        • Michelle recommends structuring your basket by starting with a centre plant, such as a begonia.
        • Then add some other plants, such as surfinias and yellow bidens, around the centre plant to add some colour and contrast to your basket. All of these are trailing plants and the yellow flower of the bidens in particular, are great for attracting bees to your garden.
        • For any remaining gaps, you can add some lobelia, which will grow to 8-12 inches long.

    6. Next, add more of the Multi-Purpose Compost with John Innes between the plants.

    7. Finally, water the plants in and leave the basket on the ground for an hour to ensure the plants are well settled before you hang it up.


       If you have any questions or queries, speak to one of our garden experts instore.

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