DIY Flower Garden in a Basket
Mother’s Day is coming up quickly and you’re going to love me for this gift idea. I love giving flowers as a gift for Mother’s Day, preferably flowers that aren’t cut so they can last all spring and summer long. Last year I shared over on the Western Gardens blog the cutest way to gift flowers for Mother’s Day, this DIY Flower Garden in a Basket is simple to create and perfect for gift giving.
Last year while working with Western Gardens I learned all about how to create a perfect flower pot/basket. The key is you need a spiller, a filler, and a thriller. The thriller is something tall, in this basket it is the Cordyline Indivisa Spikes. The spiller is something that will, just as it says, spill over the sides, in this basket I’ve got Red Nancy and Bowles Cunningham Periwinkle. My fillers (the flowers that help fill the pot) are pansies and petunia, they do so well in my pots/baskets here in Utah. Because my petunia’s are a trailing petunia they could also be considered a spiller but I considered it a filler in this particular basket.
To create my DIY flower garden in a basket I used an old Easter Basket I had on hand, it was originally blue which doesn’t match my outdoor decor at all so I spray painted it white.
This basket liner fit perfectly inside my basket and helps keep all the soil inside the basket instead of spilling out through the cracks when watering.
Steps for creating your own DIY Flower Garden in a Basket
1. Pick a basket, it’s best to start here so you know how many flowers you need and what size liner you need.
2. Select your flowers, don’t forget you want a thriller, a spiller, and a filler (make sure you cover each, outside of a thriller you can have multiple of each, make sure to leave room for them to expand and grow).
3. While you’re picking out your flowers don’t forget to get potting soil and a basket liner.
4. Place your basket liner inside your basket and fill about 1/3 full of potting soil.
5. Arrange your flowers inside the basket, I like to start with the thriller and then build around that. Keep moving them around until you have it just like you want it.
6. Once you have everything in place fill in with more potting soil and give everything a fresh drink of water.
If you’re creating your DIY Flower Garden in a Basket as a gift you can place all the flowers in the basket in their store bought containers making it possible for the gift receiver to plant in their yard if they wanted, just make sure to keep them well watered until they’re given.
I really can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love to receive flowers for Mother’s Day and this is a great way to personalize them for gift giving, so much better than a gift certificate for flowers!
Another thing I love about the DIY Flower Garden in a Basket is that they sit well on steps leading up to the porch or on a table right there on the porch, so versatile!
You’ve still got plenty of time to knock these out for all your favorite moms, so go, get started today!