While hanging baskets are frequently used for outside work, the plants to fill them are invariably produced in a green-house. In addition, hanging baskets strategically placed in thelargeror conservatory can give a wonderful effect. Baskets can be of wire or plastic and of various sizes, generally 12 to 14 in. in diameter. The older way of filling baskets was first of all to line them with moss, then fill with good , pushing the odd small plant, such as trailing Lobelia through the wire at the side, and finally setting a selection of plants in the basket, taller types in the centre, trailing types around the edges. Nowadays it is usual to line the basket with green polythene, which can be bought of the correct shape and size specifically for this purpose. The selection of plants which can be grown is legion, the following being the most popular:
Lachenalia bulbifera Marguerite Pelargoniums Phlox drummondi Trailing geraniums Trailing lobelia Verbena
Zygocactus truncatus and many others.
Begonias tiuberous and fibrous