lined baskets are easy to plant and fill with
dazzling color whether they are window box like or
typical hanging style.
floral hanging containers have become the rage across
the country, and thanks to the coconut liner it is easy
to jump on the basket bandwagon.
wasnít long ago that you only saw such beautiful
displays when visiting mild-climate tourist areas, and
now everyone can either buy them already made or be like
Monet, and create a piece of floral art.
the large box type store to the progressive independent
garden center it seems they have everything you need.
One of the reasons it has become so easy to buy
ready-made is that flower producers have started selling
mixed species liners or starts if you will for the
grower. This means they were hand selected for color
scheme or compatibility with regard to habit and light
of you who like the creative process, or want
combinations that arenít easily found, then the wire
basket is the way to begin. This also applies to baskets
that have a shape more like a window box and can be used
as such. They are also easily attached to the railing of
coconut liner holds potting soil and of course it drains
with perfection. It is also a lot more durable than you
think and easily replaced with another liner when it
finally wears out.
like to use really good potting soil that is light
weight and contains slow release fertilizer to give the
plants a quick jump on growing. At the Columbus
Botanical Garden we have had wonderful baskets with
geraniums, Swedish ivy and different colors of bacopa
for about 6 weeks. This is a great way to grow geraniums
but, surprisingly, the small-flowered bacopas have
really stolen the show. The combination of pink ones
with some lavender blue has really been eye-catching and
inspiring visitors to find a spring in their steps.
level should be about three-fourths of an inch below the
top of the moss. By all means, place a plant in the
center of the basket. You may wish to select one that
will climb a hanging chain.
home, I use baskets that are more like window boxes and
attach to a deck railing. I used the same type soil but
this time was even more aggressive in my plant
combinations. I started in the center and worked
my way outward each direction with the design. I planted
a scarlet milkweed as the center plant. It is flanked by
large orange African marigolds blue Wave petunias and
creeping Jenny that will eventually tumble over the
edge, providing a nice vertical element.
it is summer and sweltering hot, we will change out the
baskets at the garden. The geraniums and bacopa will
give way to plants known for their ability to bloom in
triple digits. In the middle of the baskets we may use
tropical mandevilla to climb the chain. Around the
perimeter we will use New Gold lantana, asparagus fern,
and maybe an ornamental sweet potato sweet potato like
Illusion Emerald Lace. Other choice summer basket plants
are the new Surdiva scaevola, Summer Wave torenia, and
Cora Cascade periwinkle.
have fern baskets that are great, but those packed with
color are the real attention grabbers. Spring is coming
to your region. Just remember: If we can do it you can