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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Step 4

Remove the plants from their pots and arrange them in the basket. Plants such as begonias and spider plants make good focal points, and they are best planted toward the center of the basket.

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Step 5

Use small amounts of potting mix to fill in around the plants. Firm it down with your fingers and add more until the soil surface is level, leaving a 1" gap below the rim. Hang it in a bright spot out of direct sunlight.

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Step 6

Water the hanging basket, making sure the whole surface of the potting mix is wetted. The liner will act as a saucer and catch excess moisture. After an hour, take down the basket and tip out any excess so that the potting mix doesn't become waterlogged, which could harm your plants. Add water every two weeks in spring and summer; reduce watering in winter. Plants will need re-potting every few years.

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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