Hanging baskets are great for small spaces and a brilliant way to add colour to otherwise drab walls and fences. They are also fabulous for brightening up patios and around doors.
They are also the ultimate container for growing trailing varieties of exotic plants whether they are flowers, vegetables or even interesting foliage.
Good quality composts such as a moisture controlling compost contain slow-release plant foods that will feed your plants for up to 6 months. Most other composts will run out of steam early and weekly feeding will be necessary if your plants are to flourish throughout the summer and autumn.
To feed just once a season use a product such as Miracle-Gro Continuous Release Plant Food Tablets into the compost to feed your plants for the next 6 months. Use four in a standard 30cm (12in) basket, five in a 35cm (14in) and six in anything larger. If you prefer to feed your plants regularly and want fantastic results, then use a soluble plant food or liquid concentrate. Regular feeding will reward you with big, beautiful baskets full of colour for months on end.
Flowers: Fuchsia, Petunia, Verbena, Geranium (Pelargonium), Impatiens, Lobelia, Tuberous Begonia, Bidens.
Foliage: Coleus, Cineraria, Felicia, Helichrysum, Lamium, Nepeta, Sage.
Vegetables and other edibles: Tomatoes (Tumbler), Strawberry, Chive, Thyme, Marjoram.