Make a Hanging Basket

Seasonal hanging baskets are easy to make, and can vary from the delicate and gentle to the big and blowzy. Plant the dominant plants on top and some decorative trailers around the sides.
Flower and Foliage Hanging Basket

Flower and Foliage Hanging Basket

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1: Line the Basket

Stand the hanging basket on a wide, short pot to keep it stable during preparation. Line the basket with a store-bought basket liner, or use sphagnum moss and pack it in tightly to a minimum thickness of 1-1/4 inch.

How to Prepare A Hanging Basket

How to Prepare A Hanging Basket

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2: Make Cuts for Trailing Plants

Lay a small circle of polythene over the liner at the base of the basket to help retain water. Cut out holes in the liner, about 2 inches above the base, for your trailing plants. Fill the basket to that level with loam-based potting mix.

Lined Basekt

Lined Basekt

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3: Add Trailing Plants

Wrap paper around the root ball of each trailing plant (like this ivy) to protect it, and gently insert through a hole. The roots should be level with the soil in the basket. Add extra potting mix and firm in.

Trailing Plants in a Hanging Basket

Trailing Plants in a Hanging Basket

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4: Make a Water Reservoir

Put a small plastic pot near the center of the basket to act as a watering reservoir. Plant short plants at the edge of the basket, and tall ones in the center. Fill in around them with potting mix. Water the plants through the plastic pot.

Inventive Watering Method

Inventive Watering Method

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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