If your space is limited or you would like to give an awning or structure some colour or soften the look, hanging baskets are a great option. There are many tasteful hanging pots on the market and using attractive plant combinations to team them with them, can create a stunning look!
Sprawling groundcovers or small shrubs with a weeping growth habit are ideal for using in hangers as they will form a cascading carpet of colour over the edges of the pot. Free-flowering, colourful climbers are also good or even annuals if you’re prepared to change them every couple of months.
Succulent hanger - Echeveria sp, Hawthwortia
Annual hanger - Bellis perennis,Primula malacoides,Viola sp
Silver - Cerastium tomentosum, Senecio cineraria
Native colour - Lechenaultia’Prostrate Red’, Veronica ‘Oxford Blue’
Free flowering - Calabrachoa’Marco Polo’, Rhodanthe anthemoides
Be sure to use a high quality potting mix; one that contains a slow release fertiliser and water saving crystals is ideal. Also tailor the mix to your plants requirements ie free draining cacti and succulent mix for succulents or orchid mix for orchids’ etc.
Watering daily is essential as these plants will dry out quickly with the air circulating around the root zone and a limited amount of growing media. Allowing the mix to dry out too much will sometimes create shrinking of the mix and any water applied will go down the sides of the pot rather than filter through to the roots.
Fertilise every 4-6 weeks with a liquid fertiliser and put a handful of slow release on top of the soil.
Other suitable plants include: Ivy geranium, tradescantia, convolvulus, rusellia, ajuga and native violets. Herbs such as mint, thyme or oregano, make a fantastic display.
www.scottsaustralia.com.au - (potting mix/fertilisers)