A rustic planter, spilling over with the fine dissected foliage and fragile, star-shaped blooms of the Windflower, makes a welcoming show in early Spring.
Windflowers, with their soft foliage and lax habit, make perfect subjects for a hanging planter, where the fragile, star-shaped blooms can be appreciated at close quarters. A rustic planter will provide the perfect backdrop for the dainty, reinforcing the woodland feel suggested by these plants.
These Windflowers come in a variety of colours, ranging from deep, rosy purple and strong blue to the purest white, and all the shades in between. To be recommended is Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’, which has particularly large flowers of bright, shining white.
Hang the basket in a sunny or semi-shade position outside, preferably near the front door where it will be most noticed and appreciated. Keep the compost moist, but not wet.
The Windflowers can also be planted into the basket as dormant corms in the Autumn. This is a cheaper way of creating the display, which will provide great excitement when the first shoots break through in late Winter, to be followed by the dainty flowers.
PLANTING THE BASKET
If there are noholes in the basket, pour in a deep layer (about 5cm/2in) of moisture-retentive pellets to soak up excess water.
Alternatively, bore three or four 1cm (1/2in) drainage holes in the base with a drill.
The Windflowers will require a free-draining compost. Mix about a quarter by volume of horticultural grit into a proprietary compost. Then fill the hanging planter up to a level about 10cm (4in) below the rim, firming lightly as you go.
Remove the Windflowers from their pots by turning upside down and tapping each pot to release the rootball, keeping the plants in groups and taking care not to break up the rootballs.
Plant to the same depth as in their original pots.
Fill between the groups of plants with more compost, taking care to hold the foliage aside so it is not buried. Push your finger down between the groups to ensure that there are no gaps. Water well to help the plants become established.