Jun 7, 2013

Weekend Hanging Basket Project

A full hanging basket, whether you use succulents or annuals, is a showy and easy to do outdoor update.
It's easy to select materials from local garden and home improvement shops. You need a basket, the lining material, the right soil and, of course, a selection of plants. 
I like to use coco liners and dry moss in wire baskets. Although you buy moss dry, it needs to be thoroughly soaked in water to create a basket liner. Tightly pack small sections of moss between the top two wires along the top of the basket. Lay larger sheets of moss along the sides of the basket and pack them into the wire. The moss sheeting doesn't have to be too thick, just thick enough to provide a solid netting to hold in the soil and plants.  Once you've got the liner, fill it about half full with a premium potting soil. I like to use a mixture that allows for air exchange, drainage, and some water retention. Using fir bark, peat, vermiculite and perlite in the soil, along with an organic fertilizer provides an ideal environment and plenty of nutrients for the summer.
Add your plants in layers so that you have some height in the center, and allow for draping outside of the edge. Your garden experts can help you select the right plants for the location, whether it needs sun or shade, and what part of the country you're in.
This one has plants with small foliage and flowers that is best in full sun.
A. Swan River daisy (Brachyscome iberidifolia) -- 3
B. Bacopa (Sutera 'Snowstorm') -- 3
C. Asparagus fern (Asparagus sprengeri) -- 1