Everyone loves a beautiful hanging basket to make their house look pretty for the summer. Rather than spending a bunch of money for a lackluster pre-made basket that is past its best by the time you buy it, why not make your own? It’s easy and you can pick plants that match your home and landscape.
1. Pick out a hanging basket and liner. This year I found a nice simple metal basket and coco-fiber liner at Lowes.
2. Choose some plants. Look for plants that are drought tolerant. Remember, you want thrillers, fillers and spillers. Meaning you’d ideally want a plant that grows tall or provides interest, a plant that fills space, and a plant that flows over the edge of the basket. This year I broke the rules a bit and didn’t get a tall thriller…the selection was limited when I chose plants. I ended up with some vinca vine as a spiller, some alyssum as a filler, and petunias for a thriller.
3. Fill the basket most of the way with good quality potting mix. I like to use a moisture control mix to make it easier to keep the soil from drying out.
4. Take the plants out of their pots and lay them out in the basket. Don’t overcrowd the plants. They’ll grow more than you expect.
5. Fill around the plants with more soil until the basket is full and the plants are covered to the same level they were in their pots.
6. Hang the basket up and water well to give the plants a good start.