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Hanging baskets even in winter.

Hanging baskets even in winter

What are the winter options for planting in hanging baskets?

For moss-sided wire containers, the most reliable show stoppers for a long blooming season are cyclamen, primroses, and violas. Pastel shades of fairy and obconica primroses (Primula malacoides and P. obconica) combine especially well with cyclamen, while violas complement brighter English primroses (P. vulgaris) in standard and miniature sizes.

In frost-free climates, you can also use these more tender plants with a trailing habit: sweet alyssum, lobelia, nemesia, and schizanthus.

When flowers die or go dormant, replant baskets with summer annuals.

For something more permanent

To eliminate the need to replant twice a year, mix short-lived flowers with plants that flourish for several years.

The basket shown above started with a large mother fern (Asplenium bulbiferum) on top and leatherleaf fern (Rumohra adiantiformis), piggy-back plant (Tolmiea menziesii), and cyclamen on the sides. To fill gaps between small plants the first winter, plug in some of the annuals already mentioned.

In a somewhat warm, protected site, cyclamen and annuals often bloom from now through April. The greenery gets more lush each year, camouflaging dormant cyclamen corms until they rebloom.

To plant a moss basket

Line a wire basket with a thick layer of wet sphagnum moss, packing it part way through the wires so it stays firmly in place. To hold a round-bottomed basket steady, rest it over the opening of a smaller container.

Starting from the bottom, poke holes in the moss with your fingers; then push plant roots through the holes from the outside. Space plants from cell-packs or small pots 4 to 6 inches apart in a spiral around the sides. As you work upward, cover roots inside with potting soil. On top, plant three large cyclamen or three to five smaller plants. Water thoroughly.

Hang the basket in a bright but protected place, such as under the eaves. Rotate it a half-turn every other month so both sides get enough light for balanced growth.

Photo: All-season hanger: ferns stay green; cyclamen bloom now into April
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