If you are planting a large container in autumn to offer a spring display, you have a broad alternative of medium to tall daffodils, hyacinths and tulips, which might be beneath planted with polyanthus, violas, pansies, forget-me-not or wallflowers. Combine any of these with bronze or bright golden foliage and you’ll possess a masterpiece.
It’s crucial to plan prior to you plant. Consider of the overall shape you want to accomplish and look at the height and spread on the plants in relation for the depth in the container.
Dwarf daffodils or tulips are ideal for a hanging basket, but a large 50 % barrel will accommodate taller plants, including the mid season tulips and daffodils, which grow to 30-40cm or 12-16in.
If there is room, contain a shrub or conifer within the center to provide added framework, or use Hedera or ivy or Vinca or periwinkle to soften the edges on the container and make a pleasing form as they trail.
Take into account also whenever you would like the container to appear its greatest. Should you want an explosion of colour in mid spring, use daffodils or tulips with pansies. To get a later splash of color, use late flowering tulips with pansies, forget-me-nots or wallflowers, that are accessible in a wide assortment of colours that complement nearly any alternative of tulip.
Even though they won’t commence flowering till mid spring, they will offer greenery, and as soon as they commence to flower the show will last for numerous weeks. Drill six drainage holes within the base with the half barrel.
Line the base and sides using a bin liner or trash bag or black plastic. Cut slits inside the liner to match the drainage holes. Add a 7.5cm layer of drainage substance, such as pieces of polystyrene or Styrofoam. Fill to about two thirds total with potting compost or soil mix.