Over the weekend I was making baskets for the front of the house. I love making up potted creations, but I’ve always had a little problem making hanging baskets. My issue? I don’t stuff enough in them. Over the last few years I had been reusing a couple nice small round hanging basket, and then planting three or four plants into them thinking they need room to grow. I was evidently very wrong. Yes they would grow (and look lovely!) but by mid summer I’d be stuffing more plants in the empty spaces wondering what I was thinking!
This year I’m going for something different. I got 2 new.to.me Cedar flower baskets at last years Coquitlam Junks days (there’s no better price than free!) I went with a new planting rule of thumb. Buy too much. It has worked out fabulous! I hit a couple of flower markets that opened up recently on unused lots throughout the city and loaded up a few trays with my goodies.
Each basket now has:
1 x Geranium Bold Charm (white)
1 x Ivy Geranium Marimba (hot pink)
1 x Proven Winners Diamond Frost
1 x Petunia Double Madness (red & White)
1 x Petunia Dreams (burgundy)
2 x Hardy Fuchsia Island Sunset
1 x Snapdragon Rocket Red
1 x Snapdragon Sonnet White
3 x Verbena Vining Hot Pink
1 x Proven Winners Illusion Midnight Lace
1 x Proven Winners Ipomoea Patio Lime
They are packed in tight, and looking good! I’m looking forward to seeing them in bloom!
Updater: Reader Linda asked about the Illusion Midnight Lace. So I posted a picture below. It’s foliage is thinner and reminds me of the leaf of a Weeping Maple. It’s on the front face of the basket and trails down as it grows. Neat-o.