How many of us know that hanging baskets began life nearly 3,000 years ago? The first concept of hanging flowers off the ground was when King Nebuchadnezzar created the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’. This was to cheer up his pining Queen.
However, it was only when the Victorians became fascinated by wirework that the hanging basket as we know it today became popular. Then towns and cities beginning to adorn their streets with colourful displays of hanging summer plants. And what English garden would be complete without our hanging baskets full of flowers cascading down our walls, adorning our front porches and brightening up our fences?
While traditional wire baskets are still very popular, there are now many more new materials available. This includes easy care plastic and in more recent years coir, wicker and bamboo. Additionally, we can line our baskets with materials other than moss, which is notorious for rapid moisture loss. A popular choice is pre cut plastic linings as they do help to retain water. While these may not look very attractive when you first make the basket, it isn’t long before the plants cascade over the sides, hiding it from view.
When choosing your plants choose a mixture of bushy and trailing varieties to add both height and screening and remember to place slow release fertiliser in the compost. You can also grow strawberries in hanging baskets, and while they may not always be as colourful as the flower baskets, it certainly makes for something different and easy harvesting!
Swan River Daisy
Or how about Brachycome? More commonly known as the Swan River daisy with its fragrant flowers in various shades of the brightest blues with a delicate lacy foliage. Certainly our baskets and planters would not be the same without this staple flower. Bacapo is also another favourite for hanging baskets and containers with its abundance of blue, pink or white tiny flowers. Then there is the Bidens plant? With its bright golden yellow flowers and semi trailing habit it looks great in either baskets and or planters. If you would like any advice please contact us