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Hanging baskets and window boxes

ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,829

I know it's a bit early yet but, since I'm sat on a sofa recuperating from my op, I have time to think about garden projects this year.   I'd like to do some interesting hanging baskets and window boxes this year instead of my usual trailing pelargoniums.   Don't like petunias cos they feel sticky when I dead head.  

So, the question is, what are your favourite plants and combinations?  What works well in full sun and what would you avoid like the plague?

Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I agree with you about sticky petunias!image How about edible plants: Nasturtiums, cucumbers, peppers, chillis, courgettes, tumbling tomatoes, chives etc?

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    There are those lovely begonias that have small flowers - can't remember the variety at moment, but I'm going to have a go with them this year maybe with bacopa as a contrast. Like you i don't like petunias.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    hi obelixx have a good rest matey and get betteimager, iv just come in from the garage iv been prepping my h/baskets ,iv got my liners in and  plastic tubs connected to cut down coke bottles as usual sitting in them awaiting for soil and plants and the start whistle, managed to pot on 20 Hydrangeas as well today there out side in the rain till later tonightimage not too sure what were putting in them this year so im keeping my eye on your post see what comes up 

    Cheers Alan

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    I was thinking this the other day too, I saw one in a GW mag with lavender in with some other purples , think I shall do that on my pergola this year where I shall be sat , wonder about impatiens in a dome (2 baskets joined) would that work ?

    I put geranium , potentilla , trailing verbena and petunia in last year which was different .
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,078

    I planted a big pot last year with Rudbeckia Tiger Eye Gold and and a purple Scaevola Saphira last summer. It was a mass of flower, but we didn't have the rain that England had. I had 2 pots with Euphorbia Diamond Frost with Surfinias. The Euphorbia didn't need deadheading, mass of foamy white. I like diascia trailing down pots. But I do plant petunias as they grow so well here (Dordogne), but I'm not very good at dead heading - big garden too much to do. I have 2 pots in semi-shade which I normally plant with Begonia Dragon Wing and blue Lobelias but last year I used Begonia Summerwings instead and it hardly grew and the stalks fell off. Perhaps something ate it. I get plug plants from a French company called Jardin Express.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • In my window boxes I normally put in zonal geraniums and begonias, they look nice with also some ivy.
  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    Hello Obelixx image I was really pleased with some of my baskets last summer - the Begonias are Illumination Apricot Shades from Thompson and Morgan.

    Have you tried Calibroacha? The one in my basket is called Aloha Tiki Soft Pink but it is available in a good range of colours.

    Have you tried Sanvitalia? these have a mass of small yellow daisies all summer long image

    Pam LL x



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,829

    Your hanging basket is lovely Lilylouise but I should have mentioned that I also dislike begonias.   I usually grow fuchsias in the baskets on the north side.  

    I do like the look of the Million Bells as long as they're not sticky like their bigger cousins.   I see that sourcing seed is very difficult so I'll just have to keep an eye on the plant shops round here for some small plants to grow on. 

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Your baskets and window box look really great lilyloiuse.. It's nice to see photo's.
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167


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