Beautiful baskets


Easyfill hanging basketsJudging by the incredible sales of our Easyfill hanging baskets, I reckon that the nation is going to be awash with stunning baskets this summer. I've received a number of questions about hanging baskets recently and I've been asked to answer some of them in my blog.

Mrs Pink asked for advice on what to grow in the baskets?

I'd suggest not over-complicating it by planting too many different varieties. Simple combinations work best – either with just one colour such as our stunning apricot-shade begonias or one variety of plant but in mixed colours such as the beautiful fanfare trailing petunias. A mix of two or three different plants would work too – put upright growing  plants like geraniums in the top of the basket, surrounded by bush or trailing plants such as verbena at the edges and trailing plants such as fuchsias around the sides.

Patricia Johnson is growing on plug plants for her Easyfill baskets and asked when they could be planted into the basket?

I'd suggest growing the plug plants in individual 7cm – 9cm pots first to get them established and then, when they are sturdy enough, plant these bigger plants in the baskets. One of the biggest challenges in caring for hanging baskets during the summer is watering. My new three in one product, Container Magic, can almost halve the number of times you have to water your basket thanks to its special mix of large and small water retention crystals. The plant booster feed helps establish young plants faster while the mycorrhizal fungi helps the plants absorb water and nutrients better so the plants grow bigger and better.

Lots of viewers have asked when the full size Container Magic tub will go on sale…

Well hot off the press, I've just heard that it launches on air this Easter Saturday. The bumper 480g pack treats up to twelve 14" pots or baskets. During the summer, apart from watering, if you want mouthwatering  baskets, it's important to feed them twice a week with a high potash food, like Flower Power, and also to deadhead any finished flowers to stop them from going to seed. I do hope you get cracking results this summer.

If you do, please send me some pictures, I'd love to see them.

Happy gardening!


  1. Patricia Dixon April 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Top tip for watering Easy fill hanging baskets. If you are having trouble watering at lower level plants, Add a little moss and lots of water container gel(like rj’s container magic) when planting, add lots of water at every level as you go, the point of watering then is to activate the gel as you first plant. This starts the gel and moss off to make it easier to re water and feed as the year goes on. From Trish

  2. shazza April 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    hi do you think it is possible for you to get some wall planters in stock please,

  3. Mrs Ivy Davies April 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    We ordered the Easyfill Hanging Baskets on 12th March and also ordered plants to put in them. Up to now the baskets have not arrived and we are concerned about our plants – (Trailing Rosebuds) which are in our greenhouse desperate for moving from the original delivery cartons. What do you advise us to do with the plants as my husband worries that they will be ruined.

  4. amanda April 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    hi, my easyfill baskets arrived today… wow I didnt expect them to be that big.
    I want to plant surfinias in mine just wanted to ask how many plants should I put into the easyfill basket? thanks

  5. Stella Ferguson. April 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard,two years ago I bought a bottle of liquid that i diluted and sprayed on my flowers and had great results I am now looking for another bottle to make the blooms bigger.Sorry cannot remember the name.!!!

  6. Dot Lawson May 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Think your thinking of Spray’n’Grow which is diluted and sprayed on the plants either first thing in morning or last thing at night. Hope this helps.

  7. Julie Harrison May 14, 2012 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard. I’ve had a couple of accidents with my trailing geraniums, trailing fuschias and trailing petunias falling off my kitchen windowsill (the best place I’ve got for sunshine while its still a bit cold). Will these still be OK for the sides of my 3 easyfill hanging baskets or are they likely to have killed them? I re-planted the plug plants when they fell over but some stems were broken and some flowers broken.

  8. edward turner June 6, 2012 at 1:01 am -  Reply

    hi richard , just recieved a second set of hanging baskets, but the chains are shorter and not of the same strengh as the first set i now have some high ones and some low ones can you explain why the are not of the same standard as first ones ,eddie east boldon

  9. Helen Merry August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, can you please tell me why all my oriental lillies have died from the bulb up some didnt even get to flower i have had them a few years and they always made a lovely display every year, very dissapointed simply love my lillies.

  10. Margaret E. Rees September 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, A few months ago I two Toffee Trees delivered – one has really established well but the other, which was a very thin branch has very little root and no sign of growth. What can I do?

  11. Malcolm Best September 16, 2012 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,I have a hanging basket containing 5 trailing fuschias.can you explain why the flowers are dropping before they have fully opened.The plants look healthy & green with no signs of pest damage.

  12. Margaret wright March 1, 2014 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Hello richard
    I saw on your programme some surfinia type flowers which had smaller flowers but were abundant. Could you please tell me what they were?

  13. Pippa April 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    I have bought Rockstar potatoes which I will grow in the grow bags and the 30 bare root strawberries which I will grow in the 3 tier easy fill planter stand. However I have also bought root booster, flower power and container magic. Which one(s) do I use with my potatoes and strawberries?

  14. Gaynor thomas June 7, 2014 at 7:42 am -  Reply

    How many plants trailing begonias do it put into an easyfil basket do I use every section or is this to much

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