Hanging Baskets with Louis
Not only are these hanging baskets attractive and long lasting; they're less obtrusive than plastic baskets, and they blend well with the natural environment.
At Wave Hills, where they plant on a grand scale, Louis Bauer likes to use one type of plant for each basket. But for Martha's porch in Westport, he uses a variety of complementary blooms and foliage, such as Petunia 'Purple Pirouette' and 'Mirage Blue'; Verbena 'Tapien Blue'; and yellow sweet potato vine (Ipomea 'Marguerite'). Use a mixture of blooming plants and foliage, and coordinate the baskets so that they'll complement one another.
- Papier mache liner
- Wire basket
- Soilless mixture (8 parts peat moss, 2 parts perlite)
- Wire hangers
Cut a square of burlap 1 1/2 inches longer on all sides than the papier mache liner. Center liner on burlap; staple straight sides of burlap to the inside of the liner. Pull the excess points of fabric over the rim of the liner, and staple. Place the liner inside the basket.
Fill the basket three-quarters full with soilless mix. Place plants level with the basket's rim, fill in gaps with mix, and tamp down on soil. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of Osmocote, and water thoroughly.
Using pliers, attach wire hangers securely to the basket's rim.