Most gardens require some level of year-round maintenance, and whilst these fundamentals are key to keeping a garden looking neat and tidy, it’s the finishing touches that can make your garden a truly beautiful haven to enjoy every time you step in to it.
Whatever season or sized garden you’re planting for, hanging baskets and planters offer you a really simple way to dress your garden with bursts of colour and fragrance the whole year through.
Whether you’re looking to dress-up a country estate, town garden, urban balcony or roof terrace, the Blacksmith range of wrought iron hanging baskets, wall mangers, troughs and planters come in a wide choice in sizes and styles, that once planted, will add whole new floral dimension to enhance your outdoor space throughout the seasons.
In this short film, leading gardener and horticulturist Martin Fish shows you how to achieve seasonally beautiful hanging baskets.
To watch the video, please visit: http://youtu.be/C6QdNWGEmQU
Formula for the perfect in-season baskets
Tips To Remember:
- Use a multi-purpose compost; this has a light texture and will encourage growth for a broad range of plants.
- Use a slow release fertilizer to provide feed for the plants for several months.
- To the compost add some water retaining gel to help keep the compost moist and plants watered
- Keep the soil about an inch below the rim of the basket to enable to you to well-water your basket and to prevent compost spilling
- You must remember to keep your plants well fed so, feed monthly with a liquid feed to help promote a full and showy bloom throughout the season.
Summer Basket Plants
Trailing Lobelia – Masses of frothy flowers that will go through the summer
Geranium – Gives the basket its height, with pink flowers
Helichrysum – Delicate silver/grey foliage plant
Scaevola – Delicate unusual flat shape flower foliage plant
Trailing Petunia – Bright pink flowers
Begonia – Pink flower, glossy foliage plant used for bedding to fill the spaces within the compost and give that fuller effect
All Seasons Basket Plants
Selection of Evergreens – Coneflowers, Variegated, Grasses, Sages, Heathers
Trailing Plants – They will grow over the edge with their graceful habit
Ajuga – Grow blue flowers in the spring, these remain looking good 12 months of the year
Crocus and Daffodils – Bulb plants that will push up through spring
Edible Crop Baskets
Herbs Basket – Marjoram, Thyme, Parsley, Chamomile
Fruit and Vegetable Baskets – You can grow lettuce, tomato or strawberries
For more information, please visit www.blacksmithbaskets.co.uk