Thought I would share some trade secrets on Winter hanging baskets with you today. Most people make up or buy Summer Hanging Baskets in May and take them down in October when they are spent. But this is only 6 month of the year. When you need extra colour is in the darker, older months when you need cheering up! Some people buy the baskets filed with Pansies with one or two flowers clinging on and have to wait until the end of March when they really start growing and fulfull their potential. Those in the know plant a strong mixture of mini shrubs with winter flowers, berries or folliage that zings (usually smaller specimens of the well known winter interest shrubs) mixed in with Ivy, forget-me-nots, mini conifers, hellebores and early mini bulbs that come through in Jan-March. try Shrubs such as Viburnum Tinus, Skimmia Rubella, Heathers and herbaceous such as Helleborus Niger, Euphorbia Martinii and folliage shrubs such as Euonymous Fortunei Emerald Gaiety. Now you addd the Pansies and Violas to give extra colour…then stand back. The interest looks good immediately and yet in mid spring the basket will come to life andd you will end up wanting to keep it up until the end of May. Indeed this year I was in a quandry as to whether I should take them down at all! All those shrubs can then be planting in containers or directly into the borders to grow on..