What kind of Easter Baskets are you putting up this year? I know you must think I’m confused, Easter Baskets are for kids and hunting eggs. Well my thought is, once you’re an adult spring hanging baskets take the place of Easter Baskets. I love adding spring color to my yard with hanging baskets. I love how the Easter egg colors of flowers in spring make my yard come alive.
Easter Baskets full of Petunias
The petunias are in bloom and bringing spring color to my yard. Petunias are wonderful for making a splash in your garden when planted in mass and they make gorgeous hanging baskets. Petunias do like warm places when started as seedlings and only need to be covered lightly with soil. They require full light to germinate fully so make sure if you start from seed give them plenty of light. Once mature plant in well draining soil and make sure to dead head to encourage re blooming all season long. Petunias love full sun but in extreme heat will want some partial shade. With any blooming plant you will want to feed them with a water soluble plant food monthly. Be careful not to over water since petunias can become leggy with too much water. Petunias will look great in your yard whether you plant them in mass, put them in pots or make showy hanging baskets.
Easter Baskets full of Verbena
I feel like spring is here once I start seeing the verbena, especially in hanging baskets. My heart sings when I see the delicate flowers draping over the edge of a pot, or garden border. While this plant may look delicate don’t let it’s looks fool you. The biggest mistake people make with verbena is to baby it. It has to have eight to ten hours of sunlight, these great plants are sunbathing beauties! You also need to plant it in a well draining spot. You will also want to feed it with a slow release fertilizer monthly. Also, if your Verbena bloom a ton and then look like they are stopping, you should consider a lite pruning. If you are nervous about this cut about a fourth of it off and it will be even showier. If you do that you should get another crop of flowers, it will take them about two weeks to re bloom.
I hope this helps you make a decision about what adult Easter Baskets you will have on display this season!