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A Touch of Gold


Yellow lantana and the yellow-flowered variegated-leaf nasturtium provide colour from early summer onwards, and later in the season the black-eyed Susan will be covered in eye-catching flowers. Hang this exuberant basket high on a sunny wall so that the trailing plants can make as much growth as they like.

Materials

  • 30 cm (12 in) hanging basket
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Compost
  • Slow-release plant food granules

Plants

  • 3 Alaska nasturtiums
  • Yellow lantana
  • 3 black-eyed Susans (Thunbergia alata)

1: Line the lower half of the basket with moss.



Picture of Patio Planting

2: Plant the nasturtiums into the side of the basket by resting the rootballs on the moss, and carefully guiding the leaves through the wires.

Garden Planning

3: Line the rest of the basket with moss. Fill the basket with compost, mixing a teaspoon of slow-release plant food granules into the top layer.

Garden Planning

4: Plant the lantana in the centre of the basket.



Garden Planning

5: Plant the black-eyed Susans around the lantana. Water well and hang in a sunny position.

Gardener’s Tip: Save some of the nasturtium seeds for next year’s baskets and pots – 
they are among the easiest 
of plants to grow and some of the seeds are quite likely to find 
their own way into nearby cracks 
and crevices. Plant in late spring or early summer.