Homemade herb pots and baskets for Mother’s Day

17/3/2017

You can do a lot better than a bunch of flowers on Mother’s Day, you can make a pot that will not only look lovely on the day but it’ll also give your mum joy all the way through summer.

In all the pots I used peat-free multipurpose compost that has four weeks of feed already added to the mix (this is standard for most multipurpose composts). After that you will need to feed the pots with a propriety feed such as a liquid feed or you could use home-made comfrey tea.

Make your own hanging basket

What you’ll need

Hanging basket

A liner

Multipurpose compost

Five plants of your choice

Method

I used some lovely cut-leaved ivy that I divided up and used both in the sides of the hanging basket and at the top. In no time the ivy, if well-watered, will start to hang down the baskets covering the whole thing in a verdant green curtain.

On top I used a single plant of Ajuga reptans “Braunherz’ which has deep bronze-purple foliage and lovely spires of purple-blue flowers that are much loved by bees and pollinators.  Ajugas love to spread so you only need one plant.

To fill in the space and add a little extra joy I used Viola ‘ Penny White Jump Up’. The more you dead head violas, the more flowers you’ll get.