Potted plants add color, texture, beauty and versatility to your indoor and outdoor spaces. Here's everything you need to know about container gardening.

Create a Stunning Indoor Hanging Basket

Ideal if you have limited windowsill space, colorful baskets create an attractive "living" feature for your home.

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Attractive Houseplants in Hanging Baskets DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed:

  • hanging basket
  • plastic bowl and plastic sheet
  • electric drill
  • multipurpose potting mix
  • slow-release granular fertilizer
  • 1 plastic liner
  • small-sized gravel
  • plants (used here: lipstick vine, begonia and small-leaved ivy)

Step 1

Use a piece of thick plastic to line the inside of the basket. Trim the edges to ensure that the base and sides are fully covered, but the liner isn't visible over the edge.

Affix Liner to BasketEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Drill lots of small drainage holes in the base of a low, wide plastic bowl. This will act as your pot, while the liner acts as a saucer to catch excess water.

Use Wide Plastic Bowl for Hanging Basket PotEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Cover the small drainage holes with a layer of small gravel to keep them from blocking up. Then add potting mix with slow-release fertilizer, leaving space for the plants.

Grit Layer in Hanging BasketEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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