I love hanging baskets. They allow you to add colour to different places, slugs hardly ever get to them and they're usually at a height that makes it easy to harvest seeds from the plants at the end of the season. Below is how I put mine together to make sure they look their best.
Perfect Hanging Baskets
Here's what you'll need. A basket (the holes have doors but I accidentally left them out of the pic. They'll feature a bit later), a selection of hanging basket friendly plants (geranium, lobelia, nasturtium, etc) and some compost.
First, cover the holes that will be at the back of the hanging basket (there's no point wasting time and money on plants nobody will see and the ones at the back would be unlikely to thrive due to always being in the shade) and begin to fill the basket with compost.
You can put deeper compost into the back part of the basket as shown.
Next start adding your plants. You can remove them as a whole plug and carefully guide the plug through the opening in the side of the basket so that the soil and roots are in the compost.
Same stage as above but showing the plant hanging through the hole. I've chosen to start with a nasturtium.
Repeat this step with your chosen plants for the other front facing holes in your basket. Here I've chosen lobelia and petunia.
Once you're happy with your chosen plants and their positions, replace the doors on the side holes of the basket.
Now you can fill up your basket to the top (allowing a little space of course as we're not quite finished yet!)
Slightly firm down your compost in your basket so you have something that looks like this.
Finally, add a couple of chosen plants in the top section. Be mindful that everything will grow rapidly if taken care of well, so don't be tempted to overfill this bit. Hanging baskets never look their best when first put together.
Here is what it should look like at this stage. This is finished and ready to put into position outside. With daily watering and weekly feeding with a flower food, it will grow quickly and its beauty will increase.
There you have it! It will keep on growing and growing, but this is 3 weeks or so growth from simple daily water and a weekly feed. Enjoy!