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Hang fire; 34 LIFESTYLE Gardening with Adrienne Wild Bright baskets to liven walls.

TRAIL a new look this summer by covering your outside walls with baskets packed full of colourful hanging plants.

You needn't splash much cash if you start now from seeds or plugs and your budget baskets will be stunning by the time they go out in late May.

Trailing ivy-leaf pelargoniums are classics for hanging baskets, window boxes and pots on the patio.

For stylish designer looks though, colour-theme your planting scheme.

Orange is guaranteed to grab the attention - especially in sunshine - so it's great for giving the front of your house a bit of kerb appeal.

Fill a basket with nemesia, Tropaeolum and Calibrachoa in this playful colour to energise your garden.

For something unusual try the Fire Vine, Lotus berthelotii, which has red "parrot bill" blooms on long trails of feathery silver foliage.

Find it a spot in full sun and from early summer blooms appear in pairs.

You can keep this plant from year to year or build a collection by taking cuttings during the summer - but it needs a frost-free home in winter.

Punch For trailing petunias guaranteed to pack a punch on the patio, Tumbelina, Million Bells, Easy Wave or Surfinia are just some of your many options.

Their vibrant colours include purple - the trendsetter's choice this year - and they come in single, double or bi-colour fragrant blooms.

Plug plants, the cheapest method, are available now. Grow on a frostfree sill to plant into baskets in April. The dainty horned violet, Viola cornuta, has a spreading habit making it a good choice for eye-level impact.

Its vanilla fragrant flowers, like small pansies, come in on-trend soft lavender as well as pale yellow.

The evergreen foliage should be cut back as blooms decline to keep a neat shape and stimulate extra flowers.

Fan-shaped foliage on silver stems makes Dichondra Silver Falls one of the best trailing plants for creating a waterfall effect. Drought-tolerant, it's a perfect choice for a hot, sunny wall.

Grow from seed now on a warm indoor sill and pop into baskets early so you can put out an instant display once the risk of frost is past.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2018
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