March Hanging Basket

March hanging basket planted with Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Beauty', Crocus 'Ruby Giant', Iris reticulata 'J S Dijt', Anemone blanda, Erica x darleyensis 'Bert' and violas - © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

March hanging basket planted with Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Pink Beauty’, Crocus ‘Ruby Giant’, Iris reticulata ‘J S Dijt’, Anemone blanda, Erica x darleyensis ‘Bert’ and violas – © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Hanging baskets, with their layers of colour and cascading tiers of foliage, are container gardening at its simplest, provided you follow a few simple rules.

As the garden nears the cusp between winter and spring, there’s a feeling of life stirring and rebirth as leaves unfurl, buds swell and yet more flowering bulbs join the steady succession that perk up the most dismal of days. These are flowers that bring a smile — windflowers quivering in the slightest breeze, reticulata irises that change from tightly-closed bud to fully-open flower with almost unseemly haste, and richly coloured crocuses that draw bees in search of pollen. And there’s the sturdy Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Pink Beauty’, or glory-of-the-snow that hopefully will not live up to its name.

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