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Create summer blooming baskets

Hanging baskets add a whole new dimension to gardening, helping to utilise all the available space.  There is a universal appeal for hanging flowers in a basket bringing petite flowers to eye level, where they can be examined, smelled and touched.

Summer Garden at Perrywood

These mini hanging gardens bring beauty to your house walls or outside buildings and make flower gardening accessible even to those without a surface to place a container.

Hanging your basket at the front of your home can deliver traffic-stopping flower display to your entrance and instant curb appeal.

Create your own hanging basket using our step by step guide:

You will need


  1. Basket – wicker or wire
  2. Liner
  3. Compost – use hanging basket compost
  4. Support – we recommend a bucket to hold the basket while you plant
  5. Basket plants – 8-9 plants would fill a 14-inch basket

Plant List


Deliver traffic-stopping flower displays all Summer with:

1 X Upright Geranium – as your centre piece

3 X Trailing Geraniums – Decora is a good choice

1 X Trailing Fushia – Cascade, Golden Swingtime or Pink Galore

1 x Trailing Begonia

1 x Surfina

1 x Lobelia

Planting your hanging basket

Place your empty basket on a bucket so it is held firmly in place while you add plants.

Adjust the liner so it fits the basket snugly.

Fill half the basket with compost mix and firm down.

Insert your chosen centre plant.

Pop in your filler plants.

Fill in around the roots with further compost mix.

Hang then water.

Top tip: Protect your Summer plants from frost by storing in the greenhouse to grow on.  Or, bring your basket under cover each evening.

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