Plant a Hanging Basket for Summer

Floating globes of flowers and foliage add a lush look to patios and balconies throughout the summer.

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Line Basket

Line the basket with a suitable liner and trim to fit. Over the bottom third of the basket, lay a sheet of plastic punched with a few small drainage holes — a piece of trash can liner is perfect. Add a layer of gravel and cover this with soil. Then, cut crosses at regular intervals around the sides just above the plastic.

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

Thread Plants Through Holes

Water all the plants thoroughly and remove the lobelia plants from their cell pack. Wrap a little plastic around the leaves to protect them, and thread each plant through the crosses from the inside.

Threading SeedlingsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant the Basket

Cover the lobelia with more soil and then start planting up the rest of the basket. Work from the center out, with the tallest verbena in the middle and the trailing dichondra and parrot's beak around the edges.

Trailing Plants in Hanging BasketsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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