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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
seasonal hanging baskets add splash of colorHow To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

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

Materials Needed:

  • hanging basket
  • liner
  • plastic bag
  • wide, low pot
  • scissors
  • potting soil
  • newspaper
  • small plastic pot
  • watering can
  • Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'
  • heathers (Erica)
  • cyclamen
  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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Plant the Top and Water

Add the plants and fill in around them with more soil. Firm them in. Place a small plastic pot near the center to act as a watering reservoir. Water into this pot to make sure it reaches the plants' roots.

small plastic pot acts as watering reservoirHow To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

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