Planting hanging basket

Planting up hanging baskets and pots for summer

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Do you look at other people’s gardens and marvel at their gorgeous pots, hanging baskets and planters overflowing with flowers and wonder how they achieve that? Well, wonder no more. This post is all about planting up your hanging baskets and pots with summer bedding for glorious summer displays. I will share how I do mine and any tips that I have. So, find your plants and favourite pots and let’s go!

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You will need:

Plant pot or hanging basket

multi-purpose compost

plant food

water storing granules (optional)




1) Setting up

Set up your work area with you pot or basket and a supply of compost. I am currently using a mix of multi-purpose compost and peat free multi purpose compost. I am trying to go peat free but I am having mixed results so for the moment I am compromising. Update: I am now peat free!

Make sure your pot is properly drained. In my baskets, I make sure the plastic liner is pierced in several places. Make sure your pots have drainage holes. In pots, I add old polystyrene packaging broken up into the bottom of the pot. This ensures that the drainage holes do not get blocked and the pot is a little bit lighter for moving.

Hanging basket ready for planting

2) Compost

Put sufficient compost into the pot for the plants to go on top of. At this point I mix in some plant food. For the last couple of years I have used Miracle Gro plant food granules. This feeds the plants for a few weeks and minimises the amount of feeding I need to do during the summer. If you want to use water storing granules now is the time to add those. I have been using them for a few years but now I have an automated watering system I am trying without them.

Adding plant food to hanging basket

3) Position plants

I always lay the plants out in the pot to ensure I like the way they look. It is difficult to imagine how they will look in a couple of months but I try! This means that I can move them around easily and change the plants until I am happy without damaging the roots.

Positioning plants in hanging basket4) Planting it up

The best part is planting up the pot. Start with the central plant and then add the plants around the sides. Place one plant in and then firm it in with some additional compost. Repeat until all the plants are planted. Check the level of the compost and add any that is needed. Do not get the compost too close to the top of the pot or it will become difficult to water.

Hanging baskets - planting

5) Completed pot

Once you are happy with the pot or basket make sure you water it thoroughly and keep it in the shade whilst the plants adjust to their new home. I spend a couple of weeks hardening off the plants thoroughly by bringing them in at night. If your plants have already been hardened off you can skip that stage.

Hanging basket for planting

I also planted up several other baskets and pots. I emptied the pot that lives by my back door and re-planted it. All the plants and bulbs I took out were planted in the garden. It should look great in a couple of weeks and last all summer. The standard fuschia I planted is one I took from a cutting last year and grew into a standard. It is the first time that I have attempted it.

Planted pot before re-planting
Rest of plants

So whatever container you use simply get planting and remember to keep it well watered.

Of course, I had help when planting up my baskets and pots. Emily is never far away (unless she is snoozing!)

Emily helping in the garden

This is how the baskets looked at the height of summer!

Summer Hanging Basket
Summer Hanging Basket

I have other articles to help gardeners, old and new, so take a look at:

Key Steps for Success with Succulents

Upcycle an Old Sink using Fabulous Planting

Make your own leaf mould

How to sow seeds for success

Transplant seedlings successfully

How to make free biodegradable plant pots

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  1. Great job, they look nice! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 16 for Gardening, open April 30 to May 10. All entries shared if social media buttons are installed.

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