Gardening with QT columnist Chelsea Van Rijn
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Hanging baskets bring life to gardens

HANGING BEAUTY: Hanging baskets look good and are a great alternative to pots.
HANGING BEAUTY: Hanging baskets look good and are a great alternative to pots. Contributed

SPRING is such a beautiful time of year.

Everything seems to be blooming lovely.

Last week I was telling you all about my sister's lovely potted garden.

What if pots just weren't possible at your house, does everything have to go in the garden?

Not at all.

Hanging baskets are a great alternative to pots and the great thing is they can be hung anywhere.

You can hang them from your patio eves or even use large tree branches. Hanging baskets can bring the dullest corners to life.

I think the trick to making hanging baskets look good is using the rule "bigger is better" and if you can't go big, try to use clusters of three baskets to make an impact.

There are so many types of hanging baskets on the market - choose the one that you like best.

I love basket fibre hanging baskets.

Yes the birds tend to steal the fibre for their nests but I honestly I don't mind sharing and you can buy replacement fibre.

I always use excellent quality potting mix like Searles Peat 80 potting mix.

I usually try to use a good 3-5cm layer of mulch on top too.

I find with our summer heat both basket fibre and plastic style hanging baskets use about the same amount water.

About once a year I also like to use a soil wetter, like Searles Liquid Penetraide.

This helps the water penetrate the soil better and keep the soil wetter for longer.

With anything in a pot I like to fertilise regularly with Organic Link and Triple Boost.

But what to put in hanging baskets?

Honestly the choices are endless.

I'm currently in love with our jasmines in hanging baskets. These glorious sweetly scented flowering plants look beautiful in hanging baskets all year.

Any climber would look fantastic in a basket and if it gets too big have no fear in giving it a good trim.

I also love our multi-planted hanging baskets.

These baskets have three or four plants planted together so you can get colour and flowers for an extended time or at different times of the year.

Any trailing plant or ground cover looks great in a hanging basket.

Some popular ones are the native flowers like scaveloa and grevilleas or beautifully scented flowers like gardenia radicans.

For constant flowering bacopas, geraniums and calibrachoa are brilliant.

Small shrubs like azaleas, dwarf camellias and poinsettias also look brilliant in hanging baskets too.

Why not try some edibles in your hanging baskets like strawberries, cherry tomatoes, thyme, oregano or parsley?

If your hanging baskets get a bit of shade why not try anthriums, ferns or even a bat plant.

We have. Spruce up your garden this spring with hanging baskets. Remember bigger is better.



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