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Creating the Perfect Hanging Basket

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Apr 27, 2017
Hanging Baskets

I have always been a big fan of hanging baskets in a garden but for a number of years they did fall out of fashion or were associated with just older gardeners. I am happy to say this attitude has changed drastically in recent years as more and more gardeners realise the impact that a good hanging basket can have in a garden.

Judging by the flurry of customers that have been coming in to the CountryLife Garden Centre here everyone has hanging baskets on their mind and are looking to get them planted up now so that they are in full bloom for when summer arrives. When you work in a garden centre at this time of year you can always expect the same two questions. ‘What plants can I put in my hanging basket?’ and the second is ‘How do I keep my baskets watered?’.

To answer the first question as simply as I can, you can put anything you want in a hanging basket! Obviously there are a few rule you like to follow such as having taller plants in the center of your basket with trailing plants to the side. But really after this your only limitation is your imagination. 

Traditionally people love to use petunias and trailing geraniums because they give such great display of flowers and colours. Fushia plants are always really popular too either mixed in with other plants or they can look brilliant in a basket all by themselves too. We have small fushia plants and larger specimen plants available in store in a range of different colours and flower types, which can add great interest to a hanging basket.  Similarly if you plant begonias up in a hanging basket by themselves can look fantastic when you let them spill over the basket in a large cascade of flowers.  

When it comes to watering this is one of the most important task when it comes to having successful hanging baskets. You never want to let your hanging baskets dried out during the summer as they plants typically used don’t tolerate periods of drought. 

To help with watering there are a few products on the market that can make your life a bit easier. Water retention gel is probably the most popular. You simply have to mix it into your compost at the planting stage and it will swell up when you water the soil and then slowly release the water to the plants as it is needed. You can even get special hanging basket compost in store that already has this water retention gel mixed in for you.  

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

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