Hanging baskets make a lovely addition to any home. They give your home a taste of the country, add a touch of personality, display a range of flowers and foliage and all in an easy to manage container. The disadvantage in most instances is the flowers within them are only seasonal, meaning we have to change them frequently or we’re left with dead plants until they flower again. Of course, if you’d prefer to change your plants with the seasons you could always re-plant the deciduous plants or flowers in your garden or pot them and gift them to friends and family.
However, if you’re looking for hassle free hanging baskets you can depend on year after year, evergreen plants are, in our opinion, a better alternative as you’ll have some verdure all year long. Making it less hassle, guaranteed to keep your home sprightly and ultimately save waste. Here’s how…
Preparing your basket
Save yourself time and buy a basket pre-lined
A pre-lined basket helps to retain moisture and protect the basket from premature rotting. These are still relatively cheap and will make the job a little easier on you. If you’d prefer to make your own, just use the moss from the lawn, you’ll need about an inch of this around the entire basket.
Fill your basket
It’s best to use a multipurpose compost with John Innes in as this will give the plants additional nutrients that will help them to grow big and strong. Allow plenty of space to place your plants before filling with more soil.
You should only really plant your evergreens in Spring or Autumn. Although they can withstand frost once planted, it won’t help them if they’re a new plant so doing it in these seasons ensures the best start. Now is a really good time.
When it comes to arranging your baskets, you ideally want a focus piece and some trailing foliage.
Our favourite evergreen plants for hanging baskets include:
- Sage: bunch together green and purple sage to make a shrub. It’s lovely looking and fragrant too.
- Trailing Ivy: to add a flowing effect.
- Gaultheria: As a focal point Gaultheria are beautiful plants with berries in different hues.
Looking for more inspiration, Royal Horticultural Society offers a guide to evergreen shrubs by size.
Place your plants in and around your basket, allowing a little space between each, and then firm in with soil over the top and then water well.
Caring for your hanging baskets
Thankfully evergreens don’t need much taking care of. They’re pretty resilient plants. But they will need watering, particularly if kept under shelter. In the summer, check the soil daily; the soil should be slightly damp, if it isn’t and feels quite dry, it’ll need watering (it isn’t uncommon for plants to need watering every day in the summer). In the winter every other or every third day is best. Additionally, to help your plants thrive, we’d recommend using a all-purpose fertilizer, water-soluble is good, to give it some extra nutrients.
In addition, regularly deadhead your plants so that it can continue to thrive and cut back if growing too much.
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