Summer Hanging Basket
Here are some great tips for planting flowers in hanging baskets....
NOTHING beats summer hanging baskets for an injection of summer colour. They're just the things to brighten up a drab wall or fence, and perfect for hanging by your front door to welcome visitors.
Of course, hanging baskets have been popular for summer decorating for many years. They even go back as far as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. These fantastic gardens were considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Even the Victorians adored their lovely hanging baskets. As people moved to North America, their love of flowers, and diverse cultures brought various ways to display them.
Baskets are an attractive way to decorate porches and verandahs with beautiful colors and different plants. Usually the kind of flowers you plant is based upon the position they are in. If they are in full or part sun, or shade, this determines the plants that can be grown.
Use your imagination and likes to decide what flowers to plant. You can go with all one color, mixed colors, and holiday themes. If you want, you can use all the same flowers or mix sizes and colors in your flower baskets, window boxes, and planter stands. If you are in a warm climate you can start your hanging baskets and planters early and enjoy them all summer long.
To make your house and garden attractive, try hanging baskets in other places besides the front porch. Use a shepherd's hook with a hanging basket beside your front steps or mailbox. Build an arbor and decorate it with hanging flowers. Frame your pathway, patio and entrances with colourful hanging baskets.
When you are ready to plant, decide what kind of planter you want. The sizes vary from 6 to 12 inches. Choose a size that is appropriate for the area where it will hang. When you have the container, then you are ready to put the moss in the pot. Sphagnum moss is used because it holds moisture and helps plants grow better.
After the moss is moistened and fitted into the container, then you can add the potting soil and polymers. Potting soil by itself does not hold nutrients, so polymers need to be added periodically.
Hanging Baskets Require Minimal Care
Hanging pots are easy to take care of and come with an external saucer or an internal disk that holds water, which can be pulled into the plant.Begin feeding your baskets with a liquid fertiliser or some of your garden compost for optimal results. Remember to take your baskets down if it gets windy... this is Ireland after all.
Just continue watering and fertilizing through the summer and you will be able to enjoy your beautiful plants the entire season. Hanging baskets do not take up a lot of room and are pleasing to look at, being at eye level.
Colour theme your plants for display with impact and include a mix of lush foliage, big blooms and delicate flowers.And use the chance to be creative - a basket only lasts for a few months and costs very little to create, so use the opportunity to experiment with plants and try something new.