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Nurserymans Choice Hanging Basket Mixed Collection from T&M

A vibrant show of hanging baskets could make your backyard in summer time pop!
Image: Nurserymans Choice Hanging Basket Mixed Collection from T&M

A current Thompson & Morgan survey has revealed some shocking habits, on the subject of summer time hanging baskets.

Love them or detest them, nothing units up the backyard for summer time like a vibrant show of hanging baskets. Thompson & Morgan, the UK’s main mail order provider of seasonal basket vegetation, requested the nation’s gardeners how they use hanging baskets to finest impact. The findings have been most attention-grabbing…

Hanging basket survey – the short highlights

T&M’s current hanging basket survey revealed some attention-grabbing outcomes. Highlights of the findings embody:

  • The nation’s favorite basket flower color is crimson
  • Begonia ‘Apricot Shades’ was named the perfect hanging basket plant
  • Begonias, fuchsias and petunias are the favorite basket fillers, however…
  • 60% of gardeners plan to attempt one thing new this yr
  • On common, folks have 5.4 hanging baskets every (numbers ranged from 1 to twenty-eight!)

Favourite colors for hanging baskets

Begonia 'Apricot Shades' & Begonia 'Lotto Mixed'

Begonia ‘Apricot Shades’ was voted the perfect plant for hanging baskets
Image: Begonia ‘Apricot Shades’ & Begonia ‘Lotto Mixed’

Hanging baskets are all about exhibiting off eye-level color, so Thompson & Morgan was eager to determine the nation’s favorite floral basket shades. The high three flower colors have been crimson (24%), purple (22%) and pink (17%).

Just 5% choose white flowers, and whereas solely 10% selected yellow and 9% orange, Begonia ‘Apricot Shades’ acquired probably the most mentions as a favorite hanging basket plant, with trailing begonias, petunias and fuchsias filling the rest of the highest slots.

Favourite mixtures for hanging baskets

Petunia 'Night Sky' & Begonia 'Illumination Mixed'

Most gardeners choose a mixture of 2-3 colors of their hanging baskets.
Image: Petunia ‘Night Sky’ & Begonia ‘Illumination Mixed’

The survey additionally revealed that almost all of hanging basket gardeners use two or three flower colors of their shows (38%), and simply 9% like to stay to a single color. 26% go all out with a riot of blended color of their baskets, whereas 27% of respondents mentioned they make use of a mixture of single colors, duos, trios and mixes throughout their varied baskets.

Hanging baskets are an incredible place for gardeners to experiment with new vegetation, and over 60% of respondents mentioned they’re planning to attempt one thing completely different this summer time. Thompson & Morgan gross sales evaluation reveals that the brand new edible Fuchsia Berry and the unusually speckled Petunia ‘Night Sky’ are stand out ‘experimental’ basket choices for patrons this season.

Favourite hanging basket {hardware}

Petunia 'Frills & Spills™ Mixed' & Fuchsia 'Trailing Mixed'

Traditional moss-lined baskets are being changed by reusable plastic choices
Image: Petunia ‘Frills & Spills™ Mixed’ & Fuchsia ‘Trailing Mixed’

According to the survey, the nation’s style in basket types is quick altering too, with simply 13% choosing conventional moss-lined wire baskets. Coir matting is now the popular choice for lining older fashion baskets, however 45% of respondents mentioned they’d no want for basket liners as they now use pre-lined wicker baskets or plastic Easy Fill Baskets. These have been chosen for his or her sturdiness, ease of planting and maintenance by means of the season.

Favourite fruit and veg for hanging baskets

Fuchsia Berry & Blackberry 'Black Cascade'

Hanging baskets are an incredible place to grow-your-own, away from slugs and snails
Image: Fuchsia Berry & Blackberry ‘Black Cascade’

Only 36% of basket gardeners have tried fruit or greens of their hanging baskets, regardless of many edible vegetation being appropriate. For people who do develop their very own this manner, strawberries, tomato plants and blended herbs have been the commonest planting choice, however the brand new edible Fuchsia Berry and basket Blackberry ‘Black Cascade’ look set to shake issues up.

Caring for hanging baskets

It appears that the nation’s gardeners are savvy about the advantages of normal deadheading to advertise extra flowers and lengthen the lifetime of their hanging baskets. Just 1% admitted to by no means deadheading, as a result of they assume that life is just too quick!

31% of respondents mentioned that they deadhead their basket vegetation on a weekly foundation, and 29% do it each day. 23% deadhead twice per week, leaving 15 % to do it “when remembered”.

Thompson & Morgan’s survey additionally threw up some attention-grabbing findings on the subject of the nation’s use of winter and spring hanging baskets, to be revealed quickly. If you’d like extra specialist details about rising hanging baskets, go to our hanging baskets hub page for a wealth of assets.

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