Winter hanging baskets
I need to start my evergreen winter hanging baskets as some of them are over.
They are small baskets but I really want some kind of short architectural plants that will look great all winter as well as the usual ivy.
I'm a bit lacking in inspiration this year. Last years pansies were a damp squib so no flowers this year I don't think.
I have a similar problem I have a basket that is spent now the other one is fine as I already replanted it 4 weeks ago.. I hope you get some ideas lol so I can get some too...
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Oo I was wondering this too! No suggestions though I'm afraid..
How about using some heuchera. Lovely colours and happy to keep their leaves all winter (providing the dreaded vine weevil larvae can be kept at bay).
I might cheap found a new garden centre so might have a lil nosey around...see whats on offer...
Ceres, I've had heuchera in a basket now for five years. Add chionadoxa for spring and trailing bedding plants in summer.
I put heuchera in my Winter containers last year and they weren't great. I suspect it was the planting mix though so I might redo them and pop them in again this year.
I went on Google last night (after seeing this thread thanks Lou) looking for some inspiration and saw a basket with festuca glauca and some maroony, pinky pansies. It was beautiful but it would need to be quite low I think. My brackets were put up by Mr Tall!
IMHO I think 90% of summer hanging baskets are a let down, but 99% of winter hanging baskets just look rubbish.
I'm happy for someone to prove me wrong.
HF having sworn I'd never do baskets again I gave in this year and did three. They were traffic stoppers (she said modestly ).
I think it becomes a compulsion...it'll be brilliant next year if I just change that one thing....
Hosta, I see the two of mine outside the back door, when working in the kitchen, and It gives a bit of colour to look at when nearly all else is bare. . . . important to me as I only get out for five hours a week.
I know they CAN be lovely, and no doubt yours will be Joyce, but I'm talking about those sorry specimens you see by people's front doors as you drive about.
I think the trouble with Winter baskets is that folk don't realise they still need to be watered.