Planting a Hot Hanging Basket

As midsummer peaks, hot-coloured plants come into their own but, somewhat surprisingly, some gardeners shun yellow and orange coloured summer flowers in favour of soft, safe pastel shades. It's an opportunity missed because hot colours are exciting and really stand out in a garden, contributing to many striking colour combinations. As a transitory display, hanging baskets provide the perfect opportunity to experiment and introduce new colours into an established garden. Daisy-like gerberas, a popular cut flower as well as sensational summer bedding, are readily available from garden centres in a wide variety of warm to sizzling hues. The soft green leaves are handsome in their own right, not only contrasting against the brown tufted sedge, but also serving to cover the soil.

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