Friday, 5 August 2016

Planting my own Hanging Baskets

I have a bit of a guilt secret, I love bright and colourful hanging baskets. We have always brought them pre planted from the garden centre, but this year I decided to be brave and plant my own up.

I went to our wonderful local nursery Staverton in Halland. They have a large selection of plants and have a whole area all labeled up for hanging baskets and containers.

As I have no real idea what plants to buy I headed straight for this section. I had three hanging baskets and three wall baskets that needed to be designed and planted up. As I looked around a sense of panic arose and I kind of went plant blind. I was just blankly looking at plants, picking them up and putting them down.

I needed to focus my thoughts, I realised colour combination would be best, I decided each one would have a colour theme of its own. Then I would have an an abundance of colours but at least they would match in each basket.

Yellow and white x 2 but differing plants
Reds
Oranges and whites
Pinks and purples 
Purple

So off I went choosing plants, I made sure the hanging baskets had ones that trail and a couple that are upright so I get height into the basket. It was great, now I was concentrated on what I was looking for, I could read the labels and know exactly what would work or not. I also had the help of my five month old baby in his carrier, to ask for his opinions on my plant selections. My next concern was number of plants, I got about 6-8 for the hanging baskets and between 4 and 6 for the wall baskets. Again this was a bit of a guess.

I went home with a boot full of plants and a sinking feeling that I could kill a lot of money if this did not work.

Tea made and baby in his pushchair, I took out my empty baskets and filled them half full with the compost then arranged the plants. I found this part hard, getting the soil around all the plants and keeping them in place and not to break them. But with lots of handfuls of compost I seemed to get there. I had to take my gloves of for this part and it was actually fun getting properly dirty hands.



Messy but fun

I am genuinely amazed at how well they have done and feel a sense of pride in the fact I have done this myself.

Trust me if I can do it I am sure you can give it a go. I will write soon a break down on how each one worked and what I will change next time.

Below are a few pictures and the plants I used.

Yellow and whites:

The hanging basket the flowers are Petunia Surfinia in Yellow and Snow



So pretty and a much paler yellow than the other baskets that are very bright.

The wall basket the flowers are Bacopa Guliver White and Bidens Golden Glory

This yellow and white are so happy.

The orange based hanging basket:

Lantana Camara Lucky Red Flame is the slightly taller plant, the trailing plants are Million Bells this is a Calibrachoa (mini petunia) Cracking Fire and the white ones are Calibrachoa Calita Double White

I loved all the orange and so glad I could get a basket full of them.


The pinks and purples hanging basket

Two taller Aztec Verbena in Violet, the trailing are Bacopa Topia Blutopia these are the small little soft purple flowers and Calibrachoa Calita Rose the darker pinky trailing flowers


Can not beat pinks and purples all together.

Purple wall basket 

The purple wall basket is made of one plant only Osteospermum Purple 2012 they can deal with shade which is good as this area does not get as much sun.


So pretty and does not mind shade a real winner I found here.

The red wall basket

A couple of Upright Geranium Scana Julie Purple Red then below a mix of Aztec Verbena Dark Red and Calibrachoa Calita Deep Red 



Reds big and bold much needed when the sky's are grey.
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20 comments:

  1. Hanging baskets are really a lovely addition to the garden or even to front doors, aren't they? I think you have beautiful selection of flowers, so colorful and vibrant. I was thinking of having hanging baskets in our garden this year as well but was just too lazy to make it plus Summer here in Scotland was not really great this year and that just puts me off investing on some plants. Thanks for sharing your tips. #BloggerClubUK

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    1. Mine have been up and down so much one week amazing next week awful. The weather just plays such a role xx

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  2. They look gorgeous and you should be proud you did them yourself- a riot of lovely Summer colour! #BloggerClubUK Lou at www.peppermintcove.com

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    1. Thank you, I am shocked and proud at how they look. Will write a break down so can change things next year and improve xx

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  3. My Nanna used to have the most elaborate hanging baskets every year, but even she got someone to make them for her. Well done you for making your own, I wouldn't know where to start! #picknmix

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    1. I have been scared for years to grown my own, as it seems so complicated. I aim to write more about it to help others get the confidence to give it a go. Xx

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  4. These are beautiful, I wish I was good at gardening and could make some lovely hanging baskets. I have to gt my mum to help me. x #picknmix

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    1. My mum too is the most amazing gardener, she was delighted I gave it a go as she has never grown them. She is a vegetable and fruit lady with huge success πŸ˜€

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  5. Ahh these are gorgeous! I'm flower obsessed and proudly green-fingered but I just haven't had the time to plant up any hanging baskets this year- although you've inspired me to have a cheeky trip down to the garden centre this afternoon :) xx #SundayBest

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    1. Very pleased I have given you a good excuse to go to the garden centre πŸ˜€ I am always looking for one xx

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  7. Oh they look just beautiful :) I love hanging baskets, especially when filled with pops of beautiful colours like these, well done lovely!

    Stevie xx #PicknMix

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    1. Thanks Stevie i am really happy with them and the lovely colours xxx

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  8. I've never done hanging baskets before but they look great :) x #sundaybest

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    1. Hee hee I was shocked that they have survived and worked out well xx

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  9. Oh wow these look lovely! I've never done my own hanging baskets, I always cheat and buy them already made but these look gorgeous! I LOVE those pink flowers. Thanks for joining us at #SundayBest, hope to see you again this weekend! x

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    1. Thanks Hayley, I love the pink ones too. I always brought mine and was rather scared but its worked. Yes see you guys on Sunday xx

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  10. They are fab!I love hanging baskets too, my nanny used to always make them for our house when I was little. I have never tried to do my own though, I always buy them! Thanks for linking up to #SundayBest x

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    1. Thanks Sian it was something that I found really scary but so pleased I did it xxx

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  11. Ohh wow you did a great job!! They are all so beautiful, how could you not be happy with a garden bursting with so much colour :) xx #TwinklyTuesday

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