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Choosing the Right Spring Annuals for Your Hanging Baskets

Michael Nolan
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Now is the perfect time to accessorize your porch with a hanging basket full of the lush, vibrant colors that spring annuals bring to the table. Choosing the right spring annuals is easy when you follow these simple tips:

Mirror color, variety, or both. You may not want pink petunias everywhere, but keeping your choices within a theme will tie everything together beautifully. You can use petunias of different shades, or other flowers of the same shade.

Size matters. Take everything into consideration including the size of your basket and plants, but don’t neglect to look objectively at the space they will occupy. Make sure your spring annuals are to scale with your hanging baskets. Too big and they will overcrowd the container. Too small and they will get lost. It is also important to ensure that that the baskets are neither too small nor too large for the space.

See the light. Different plants have different light needs. When you visit your local Home Depot to choose spring annuals, keep in mind the space where the hanging baskets will live and how much light they will get.

Water, water everywhere. Plants in hanging baskets will dry out more quickly than those planted in the ground. Choose spring annuals that are more heat and drought tolerant and you will spend less time watering and more time enjoying the warm, inviting beauty. If you don’t have the time to create your own spring annuals hanging baskets, you’ll find a collection of beautiful ready-to-hang options from Proven Winners at your local Home Depot that will add a splash of color that’s as easy to care for as it is beautiful!

Thriller, Filler, Spiller. When it comes to choosing the right combination of plants, use this proven method for creating beautiful containers every time.  The Thriller is a plant that grows tall and adds a stunning visual impact. The Filler adds depth to the container, filling the space with structure and color. The Spiller softens the edges of the hanging basket by growing low and spilling over the edges. Look for the Proven Winners® Thriller, Filler, Spiller display at your local Home Depot store. It makes it easy to pick the right spring annuals and other flowers to bring big style to your hanging baskets.

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