Timing is everything when planting a hanging basket. Summer hanging baskets should be planted from April onwards but need to be protected from frost until end of May by using fibre fleece or keeping in a greenhouse, while winter baskets should be planted in the months of September & October.
Follow this straightforward guide to a beautiful hanging basket full of flowers all year round.
Choose a Liner for the Hanging Basket
Choose a liner to suit your chosen hanging basket and line as per manufacturer’s instructions. Some baskets will come with a P.E liner already supplied. If this does not come with drainage holes already pierced, use a pencil to gently create 2 or 3 holes.
A top tip for moss or loose fibre liners is to place a plastic saucer or section of polythene on top of the lining to ensure that when water is added it does not immediately drain out.
Fill the hanging basket to approximately 1/3 full and firm slightly. If using water retaining gel, pre-mix the specified dose to this layer of compost.
About an hour before planting into your basket, water the plants in their original pots or trays. This helps to reduce the ‘transplantation’ shock to the plant and eases the removal from their origin.
Here's a quick list of summer and winter flowers that are perfect for hanging baskets: