This antique French hanging basket gets a makeover with every season. At the moment, Russian sage is making a big ethereal statement in the gallery.
Brimming with elegant silvery green aromatic spires of lavender-blue tubular flowers – 8 one-gallon nursery pots, if you’re counting – the potted plants were too heavy for the basket. To cut down weight, I removed them from their plastic nursery containers, eliminated some of the soil, popped the root balls into individual plastic bags and loosely tied around the base of the plants. When the blooms begin to fade, I’ll plant them outside where they’ll grow bigger with each passing year, attract bees and butterflies to the garden and will provide a bounty of fragrant stems and blooms for creating arrangements.