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How to Plant a Perfect Summer Hanging Basket

by User Not Found | Jun 15, 2013

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Hanging baskets are just the thing to brighten up a drab wall or fence, and perfect for positioning by your front door to welcome visitors. Hanging baskets also give your garden a colourful ‘vertical’ element, adding more drama and interest to your space.

You will need:  

Do this in:            April -May-June

Ideal location:    Sun-soaked area
Colourful Hanging Baskets
(Image Sources: James Brennan - Bloom 2013)

Summer Hanging Baskets

1. Buy summer bedding plants especially for Hanging basket. You will need approx 4 Patio plants for a 30cm (12”) basket, and 5 patio plants for a 35cm (14”) basket along with bedding plants (in trays) to use as fillers between the patio plants. Alternatively just use 6-8 patio plants for baskets if you do not want to use any bedding trays.

2. Sit your hanging basket on an empty pot (to keep secured when you planting and stop it rolling around) and half fill it with compost.

3. Add slow-release fertiliser and water-retaining gel according to the packet instructions and mix it into the compost with your hands. Add more compost till nearly full.

4. Remove your patio plants from pots and position one in the centre of the basket. Space the remaining plants evenly around the edge.

5. Add more compost to the basket to fill the gaps between the patio plants and plant a bedding plant in between. Try to leave a 2.5cm (1”) gap between compost and top of basket, to prevent water run-off when watering. Hang the basket up and water it thoroughly.

6. Water the basket every day (twice is often necessary on very hot days) – never allow the compost to dry out.

7. Remove flowers as they die to encourage plants to produce more flowers and extend the overall life of the basket. Liquid feed weekly.

CountryLife’s Tip

Colour theme your plants for the best effect choosing blooms of similar shades – this will look more impressive than a multi-coloured jumble. Or use the same colour throughout.

Happy Gardening,


Angela's Bio

I've been a Horticulturalist with CountryLife Tullamore since April 2010. I am passionate about all things gardening and have been involved in the gardening industry from a young age as my family had an export plant Nursery and Garden Centre, where the seeds of my garden interests were sown. I have a National Diploma in Horticulture from Merrist Wood College, Surrey, UK. and a Certificate in Training and Continuing Education from National University of Ireland Maynooth. My experience has involved working and managing various Award Winning Garden Centres from 3 to 5 star grades. I also have delivered FETAC courses in Horticulture and evening classes at Athlone Institute of Technology – if you have a question or query on anything gardening related I would love to help! Angela