Finding the ideal hanging basket plants

Finding the ideal hanging basket plants

HANGING baskets are a fantastic way to make use of vertical spaces especially inside the home where floor space is minimal.

They also look great on patios, balconies and verandas.

Angie Thomas of Yates says they can hide or soften unwanted views when a solid screen may not be possible and open up a completely new range of growing opportunities.

We asked the gardening guru for her top tips.

 

Best plants for hanging baskets

– Herbs: creeping herbs like oregano, thyme and prostrate rosemary are ideal in a sunny spot, while mint is perfect for a partly shaded area.

– Strawberries: These tasty berries look fantastic hanging temptingly over the sides of a basket.

– Maidenhair and Boston ferns (shady spaces): they cascade their drooping fronds out and over the baskets, creating a lush rainforest feel. Grow in a cool, sheltered spot and keep them consistently moist.

– Pansies and violas – annual, cool season flowers – and petunias and calibrachoa -warm weather flowers – create a ball of vibrant colour.

– Devil’s ivy, hoya and string of pearls (indoor trailing and climbing plants) are perfect for growing indoors and won’t take up valuable shelf and bench space.

 

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Tips for arranging hanging baskets

To create a ‘wall’ of plants, hang the baskets at different levels from the same horizontal support, so some are eye level and some are chest height and below. This also makes the most of the space, as more baskets can be included in the one area.

Flower baskets can be mass planted with one variety for a burst of colour or multiple plants combined in the one basket for a striking rainbow effect.

 

Types of baskets

Choose from wire frames lined with coconut fibre, self-watering plastic baskets with an in-built water reservoir, wicker baskets (usually lined with plastic) and ceramic hanging pots. Co-ordinate baskets with your outdoor dcor or indoor colour scheme.

 

Maintenance hint

– Hanging baskets dry out quickly so require regular watering. Self-watering varieties are handy when you can’t water every day.

 

For more gardening ideas and inspiration, go to facebook.com/angiethehappygardener.

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