Design and Maintenance Tips From Shirley
Choose annual plants in sizes ranging from 6-cell pony packs to 4"-6" pots. Choose from upright growing plants, filler plant that spread, trailing plants to put in corners of basket to spill over.
In narrow planting beds, select plants that grow taller than wide or are easy to maintain with "girth control," (pruning outside stems to keep plants narrow). Use containers to create an above ground landscape by setting them side-by-side and planting with combination of tall, medium, and short plants. "Deadhead" or cut old, spent flowers in order to regenerate plant and encourage another flush of blooms. In small garden space, select three "main plants" in complimentary color scheme to create the structure of garden. These plants should be perennials or last longer than one season. (Less than three plants can be boring, more than three too busy). When selecting plants for beds near your house, consider the color of your house, your roof, and other architectural details and make sure they look good together. Put your potted plants on a feeding schedule. Watering containers will leach nutrients from the soil, so make sure your plants have constant access to food. Create A Mixed Hanging Flower Basket From Scratch
Garden Centers usually have mixed flower baskets ready-made, but you may want to create your own combinations. It's easy to do.
Single Variety Baskets
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