Hanging baskets are one of the easiest ways to add interest and a focal point to your home. Whether you hang them in the front of your house, or dot them around your back garden, baskets look lovely anywhere.

Best plants for hanging baskets
Here at the Garden Style Company, we can’t get enough of hanging baskets – they’re such a great way to welcome people to your home or work place. We’ve got three great suggestions for the best plants to fill your hanging basket:

Trailing Fuchsia
Fuchsia is a real stunner! Whether you opt for one of the many giant varieties, a trailer, or an upright, fuchsia has got something for everyone. A huge variety of colours make this tough and versatile plant a real favourite for many gardeners.

These beautiful little plants come in a wide variety of colours from pinks, to blues and bright deep reds as well. With lovely big blooms, these guys are super sweet.

Trailing Geranium
If you’ve ever visited Prague, you will have fond memories of being met all around this beautiful city by window boxes filled with bright red trailing geraniums. You can buy trailing geraniums in a variety of colours from white to deep red with everything in between. These plants will flower from June to September and are incredibly easy to look after.

First off, select which type of basket you’re going to invest in. You can generally choose from rattan, wire-mesh, or plastic baskets. Remember that you will be re-using the basket every year, and you may wish to plant one up during the winter months too. It makes sense to opt for the best you can afford in the hope that it will give you many years of planting fun. You might also need to install some wall brackets to hang the basket from but many houses already come prepared so look carefully for any you might not have noticed before.

Now comes time to prepare your basket for planting. It’s really worth making sure to get this stage right as your basket lining forms both a barrier and the root of good water retention.

Firstly, line the basket with material that is going to look nice from the outside. Moss looks great and is quite traditional, you can also choose from coir lining or even wood fibre depending on the overall look you’re aiming for. Next, mix up some compost – either buy specialist hanging basket compost or make your own. Whichever option, it is essential that you add some water gel crystals and some slow release fertiliser granules. Hanging baskets are actually pretty tough environments for plants, so whatever you can do to help them out is well received. Water gel crystals puff up when you add water and help to make sure the basket doesn’t dry out.

A good rule of thumb is to aim for a traditional three-layered basket. This means you should use about three upright plants in the centre, a further three around the middle layer for colour, and another six trailing plants as a final layer at the edge of your basket. Fill any gaps with more compost then give everything a good water with a dash of added liquid fertiliser.

How are you going to make the most of your hanging baskets?