Modern bedding varieties to use are trailing nemesia, bacopa, diascia
, felicia, Scaevola Blue Wonder, Lysimachia Goldilocks and Verbena Temari.
Nid clychau cwrel (Heuchera) mo'r rhain ond Diascia
(twinspur) fel y gwelwch o'r llun ac rydw i'n ymddiheuro'n fawr am eich camarwain.
HUNG UP ON BASKETS Mix lobelia with diascia
, phlox, and ivy-leaved pelargonium, left.
ROMANTIC Mix lobelia with diascia
, phlox, and pelargonium
Go for drought-tolerant plants such as pelargoniums, helichrysum, osteospermum and diascia
Take cuttings of new shoots of tender plants, including diascia
, fuchsia, pelargonium and verbena.
'Blue Belle' (Plants By Post, J Parker's), a new variety launched at the Chelsea Flower Show last year, cascaded over the sides of the basket and didn't need deadheading, while Petunia 'Queen Bee' (Spalding Plant & Bulb Company) proved a vigorous grower, producing a plentiful mix of yellow Easy-care cheer for your garden - Argyranthemum 'Yellow Empire' and, inset
Try Alyssum, Mesembryanthemum, Begonias, Diascia
, Gypsophila, Lobelia, Petunias and Violas.
Most are annual but there are a few perennials including Diascia
personata which produces stiff stems that grow 90cm (3ft) tall from early May.
They belong to the scrophulariaceae family, which includes snapdragons, diascia
and foxgloves - all with characteristically pouch-shaped flowers.
Traditional summer hanging basket displays include petunias, verbena, bacopa, diascia
, lobelia, trailing fuchsia and geranium, but if you don't want the effect to be too overpowering, select a few foliage plants such as red-leaved coleus or silvery festuca to act as foils.
Perennials Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17: For spring bloom, plant alstroemeria, bleeding heart, campanula, catmint, columbine, coral bells, delphinium, dianthus, diascia
, foxglove, Linaria purpurea, marguerites, scabiosa, and violets.