Now winter is well and truly here it’s hard to imagine what you would like to put into your springtime hanging baskets. So here are 5 of our favourites to help remind you of the wonderful springtime that is coming soon.
Once the last winter frost has gone you can set about choosing which plants you want for your hanging baskets. The gorgeous Fuchsia ‘Swingtime’ has large blooms that will fill your basket with wonderful bold red sepals which contrast with the double frilly white skirts. These gorgeous trailing fuchsias will provide a long lasting display flowering right through the summer from June to October. These half-hardy perennials will need to be kept in the greenhouse over winter but during spring and summer they will make excellent hanging basket plants.
With the contrast of the vibrant pink petunias and the golden bidens, you will have the ultimate in colour co-ordination without all the effort of choosing colours to go together. Both flower profusely without much deadheading, and with a flowering period from July to October you will be able to enjoy these beautiful half-hardy annuals well into autumn.
The number one best seller Begonia ‘Apricot Shades’ has to be included in our top 5 list. This fantastic collection of begonias cascade their double blooms out the sides of the basket. Performing in all weathers, come rain or shine these tuberous begonias are happy in sun and semi shade. So you can brighten up any shady corner with these impressive begonias. Flowering from July to October means your baskets will continue right through until late autumn. ‘Apricot Shades’ available as plug plants, jumbo plugs, pre-chitted tubers, garden ready or you can even get us to fill your containers with our fantastic pre-planted baskets.
For hassle free baskets our Trixi® series of plants is essentially 3 plants pre-planted in one plug! Colour coordinated these fabulous blooms provide a beautifully balanced display and it is all so easy to do! Flowering from June to September you won’t be disappointed with these 3 in 1 mixed plants that create a huge ball of colour. Trixi® ‘Riverside’ combines half-hardy annuals with lobelia, verbena and bidens for a superb display.
Ivy leaf geraniums and trailing fuchsias go perfectly together and this is one of the most beautiful displays of the brightest reds, pinks, purples and whites. These half-hardy perennials are certain to liven up any full sun or semi-shaded position. One of the most weather-resilient basket varieties so even if the weather is poor your colourful blooms can still cheer your garden up and bring summer tones to your baskets. Plant straight into your basket, or container, and with a long flowering period from June to October you’ll be able to enjoy these spectacular blooms right until the first frosts appear.
And now for something completely different!
Strawberry ‘Florian’ has these amazing blossoming pink flowers, followed by a heavy crop of good sized, juicy, red fruits. These can be grown in a hanging basket on a sunny patio, and you will be able to enjoy fruit from July to September. The only problem is they are on display for all to see so don’t expect them to last too long!
I have worked for Thompson & Morgan for nearly four years. In that time I have learnt lots about gardening, but consider myself very much a novice. I have started growing veg on a colleague’s allotment and also growing windowsill seeds such as Salad Leaves and Rocket. I love gaining more knowledge about horticulture and am lucky enough to work here.