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Baskets and drought

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Tender donkey’s tail (Sedum morganianum) makes spectacular, easy-care trailers for hanging baskets.

 

Best drought resistant plants for hanging baskets

by NEIL ROSS

BASKETS FOR THE BIG DRY

For ease of maintenance, why not try an alternate style of hanging basket made up of succulents and epiphytes?

Tender donkey’s tail (Sedum morganianum) or the looser grey shoots of Sedum sieboldii make spectacular, easy-care trailers.

A dense-planted globe of Sempervivum gives a contemporary feel for colder areas, but feed them well to get more intense colours.

The neat rosettes of Echeveria can be put to good use in a succulent basket. And there’s a host of other brightly coloured carpeters to play with, such as blue Euphorbia myrsinites and orange Sedum rubrotinctum, which you could mingle with more upright Epidendron orchids and native Astelias.

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* Step-by-step guide to create a hanging basket

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RETURN OF THE NATIVES

Team trailing ferns and sculptural Astelias with drought-tolerant tussocks such as Carex flagellifera and Libertia.

Or plant drought-tolerant native ladder ferns with spreading Pratia angulata or Acaena inermis. Swags of Fuchsia procumbens, native daphne (Pimelea prostrata) or even a divaricating Coprosma acerosa cultivar would make ideal semi-trailing subjects to plant on the lower reaches of aerial displays.

Cherry tomatoes are a brilliant option for edible baskets. - http://www.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/8/h/5/j/n/image.gallery.galleryLandscape.600x400.18h6q0.png/1449107124546.jpg
Cherry tomatoes are a brilliant option for edible baskets. – http://www.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/8/h/5/j/n/image.gallery.galleryLandscape.600×400.18h6q0.png/1449107124546.jpg

 

GO GREEN

Just two or three foliage ingredients in your basket provide instant volume and help support the weaker flowers in a scheme.

The lacy leaves of dusty miller (Senecio cineraria ‘Silver Dust’) are a favourite and provide strong contrast with the fresh green mounds of triple-curled parsley, Petroselinum crispum.

Dusty miller provides a strong contrast with the fresh green mounds of triple-curled parsley, Petroselinum crispum. - http://www.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/8/h/5/j/k/image.gallery.galleryLandscape.600x400.18h6q0.png/1449107124590.jpg
Dusty miller provides a strong contrast with the fresh green mounds of triple-curled parsley, Petroselinum crispum. – http://www.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/8/h/5/j/k/image.gallery.galleryLandscape.600×400.18h6q0.png/1449107124590.jpg

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.