Make a summer hanging basket to bring the colors and scents of summer to the patio. There is no end to the mixture of plants you can add to a hanging basket. From herbs to color-splashed foliage, any plant designed for the flower bed grows well in hanging baskets. Add variety and interest by starting with a tall center and building out to a flowering vine.
Line the basket with moss or other medium, such as shredded coconut shells. Remember to make the lining thick to act as a moisture retainer for the flowers. Leave plenty of space for the soil and plants.
Cut a circular shape from the trash bag or heavy plastic. Insert the plastic circle into the basket to keep water from draining through. Trim the plastic as needed to provide a good fit.
Mix 1 qt. of potting soil with 2 tbsp. of time-released fertilizer and 3 tsp. of water-retaining gel beads. Add 2 cups of the potting mixture to the hanging basket.
Water the plants before planting them into the basket. Place the plants into the hanging basket starting in the middle and working outward towards the edge of the basket. Fill the rest of the space with the potting mixture. Water the entire basket completely.
Hang the plant-filled basket on the porch or patio in a sunny location. Water daily until the plants become established. Once the plants are established, water once a week when the soil is dry. Deadhead any spent blooms. Pinch the plants back throughout the growing season to promote a bushier growth.