Plant a Winter Hanging Basket
In mild climates, seasonal hanging baskets add a splash of color to the garden throughout the coldest months.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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This colorful container garden includes a few cyclamens, winter-flowering violas and a range of evergreens. In colder climates, evergreen boughs and branches with berries can be combined for winter color.
When to Plant: Early autumn
At Its Best: Autumn to early spring
Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours
- hanging basket
- plastic bag
- wide, low pot
- potting soil
- small plastic pot
- watering can
- Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'
- heathers (Erica)
- winter-flowering violas
- small ivies
Before You Plant
Stand the basket on a wide pot to keep it stable during preparation. Then add a specially made basket liner.
Cut Out Planting Holes
Lay a circle of plastic bag over the bottom of the liner to act as a reservoir. Cut out a few evenly spaced crosses around the sides of the liner.
Add Ivy Around the Edge
Add a layer of potting soil to the bottom. Wrap paper around the root ball of each ivy and push them through the holes in the sides.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Floating globes of flowers and foliage add a lush look to patios and balconies throughout the summer.