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Spruce Up Outdoor Spaces with Hanging Baskets

Susan Bachman West, executive director of perishable operations, shares some great tips and ideas for hanging baskets

Is your calendar quickly filling up with graduation parties, summer barbeques or family get-togethers? If you are the hostess for summer entertaining, you may need a quick and easy way to spruce up your outdoor spaces. Hanging baskets are the perfect solution for their versatility and pop of color.

Traditional Hanging Basket

A lovely way to add visual interest at eye level is to create a warm-welcoming touch as your guests are introduced to the party and into your home. Popular hanging baskets include: Petunias, Calibrachoa, and Geraniums. Be sure to water your hanging baskets frequently, as gravity will allow the basket to drain freely.

Potted Container

Turn your deck or patio into an inviting outdoor living space with potted containers. Add hanging baskets to colorful containers for instant and easy décor. Your patio or deck will be transformed into a welcoming living space with this polished floral touch. Water as needed when the soil is dry to the touch.  

In the Garden

Dig in and plant hanging baskets planted in the garden … why not! With vivacious violets, radiant reds and prominent pinks, it’s hard to not put a dash of color in the garden as well. A healthy dose of water-soluble fertilizer every other week will help these plants look their very best.

Helpful tip: Some hanging plants love to soak up the sun and others need a break in the shade. Petunias, Calibrachoa, and Geraniums require at least six hours of sunlight each day. New Guinea Impatiens and Fuchsia will need at least two hours of direct sunlight but less than six hours of sun.