One of the great side effects of taking two weeks off work to heal after surgery was reading about a million magazines. Mostly the content was green this and green that (kinda getting annoyed by it all as it basically feels like marketing ploys), but there were some good tidbits every now and then.
A great tip I found was to put a saucer (like you would put under a pot) inside your hanging basket to help retain water.
HUH??? Every year, I hang my coconut lined planters with flowers. I water them and the water just goes right through them. So usually mid-summer, I slack off with the watering and everything gets crispy pretty quickly.
This morning I set up my hanging baskets, but included a nice saucer (what do you call those things? saucer's not quite right.) and I mixed in some SoilMoist. Perhaps I'll go longer than a month or two before letting things dry up, especially since I won't be fighting an uphill battle. I can't believe I never thought of the saucer idea. Duh!
My basket this year is a combination of periwinkle and white petunias. My brother and I used to call each other Patunya and Buttercup, so I always have petunias somewhere in the yarden (yard/garden).