Hanging Baskets

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People love hanging baskets. You see them literally everywhere in the UK. They are all used by councils to brighten up the High Street, by bars and restaurants to add colour to their terraces and by UK homeowners.

The great thing about hanging baskets is that you can plant a wide variety of plants in them. This means that you can create a unique look and do so quickly and easily. If you want to brighten up your home there is no better way to do it. Putting together a hanging basket takes less than 15 minutes and caring for it only takes a few minutes each week.

Types of hanging baskets
Years ago, hanging baskets literally were made out of wicker baskets, which were hung up. However because the wicker tended to break people looked for alternatives. Today the majority of hanging baskets are made out of wire; however, you do sometimes see them made out of plastic as well. Usually the plastic kind is moulded to look like wire. Most hanging baskets are fitted with chains that allow them to hang from a bracket fitted to a wall. However, some people prefer rope or string instead. They come in a variety of sizes but the most popular sizes are 12, 14 and 16 inch.

They are designed to be used year after year. All you have to do is to replace the liner, soil and plants each year. The liner is made out of a range of materials. Some people like plastic because it retains water well. However, the original liners, which are made out of jute, are still very popular. Jute absorbs water meaning that the basket has to be watered less often. Some people still line their hanging baskets with Sphagnum Moss.

Looking after hanging baskets

Hanging baskets require watering most days and in some hot climates needs to be watered at least twice a day. As a result, some people opt for self-watering hanging baskets instead. Apart from the watering there is very little else, you need to do to take care of the plants growing in them.
If you are looking for hanging baskets , brackets and liners visit the garden superstore. We sell a great selection and deliver across the UK.

Article By: Adam Nicolson

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