Hanging baskets, containers and flower pouches add a whole new dimension to gardening, helping to utilize all the available space. With hanging baskets and flower pouches you can brighten up a sunny wall, or with the right choice of plants, even add color to those tricky shady areas. Why not grow fresh herbs throughout the winter with an indoor basket next to a sunny window!
Lantana is a plant that is easy to grow and flourishes with even little moisture. This flower brings a colorful interest to the garden as it produces brightly colored flowers throughout summer and fall. These verbena-like flowers have been appreciated for their extended bloom time. Trailing varieties can even be grown in hanging baskets. It is a magnet for hummingbird and butterflies, which makes it an ideal flower for hanging baskets.
This flower can reach 6′ high, and the colors include yellow, orange, white, red, purple, and often times a mixture of these colors within the cluster.
A plant like lobelia should be a pleasure for any garden as it blossoms during mid-summer and continues to up until the first frost. These plants are great assets to a garden and look especially gorgeous in hanging baskets. The lobelia plant is an attractive annual herb with many varieties. Most of the varieties grow only three to five inches tall, but there are others that will grow up to three feet. It is most commonly described as light blue to violet in color with pale green and yellowish leaves. However, colors may vary from white, red, blue to pink.
3. Pelargoniums/ Geraniums
Pelargoniums are more commonly known as geraniums. They are a large group of evergreen plants mostly used for bedding, as houseplants or in hanging baskets. All flowers open from the center. The leaves are usually long stalks with dark or light patterns. The requirements of growing pelargoniums are different from other plants. It can tolerate moderate light condition, but needs six to eight to right hours of light for blooming.
It is a low growing ground cover type of plant. It is known as the sun rose, or the moss rose. These plants are very stunning and are used to beautify old structures and walkways, as they grow well in to old cracks in the structures. This particular plant is native to Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The moss rose has several bright colors like pink, red, yellow, orange, lavender and white. These plants will grow out of hanging baskets, which could be an issue as this flower will grow around and underneath the basket. On the other hand, this makes the care of these plants easy as it not necessary for these plants to be watered regularly.
Begonias are attractive hanging basket flowers to grow for many reasons. Their care is easy and they easily bloom, filling the gaps in your garden. Although these plants are native to tropical and subtropical climates they easily grow in many different environments. Because of this, they are readily available in most gardening stores. These flowers resemble roses and grow to a height of six to 9 inches. There are over 10,000 varieties of begonias under cultivation and you can buy these flowers in a range of colours. The care and maintenance of Begonias is relatively simple.
6. Black Eyed Susan Vine
Black Eyed Susan Vine is a perennial that is usually grown in cooler zones. They are native to warm and tropical regions of Africa, Madagascar and Asia. Also known as Thunbergia alata, this plant is a very common houseplant and usually seen in hanging baskets because of its easy care and charm. They have a dark, solid centre which is surrounded by petals, hence the name. The leaves of the black eyed susan are coarse and are either heart-shaped and arrowhead shaped.
The petals are usually orange, yellow or white. However, they also come in varieties of salmon, ivory and red. The black eyed susan vine is fast growing. Its vines coil around themselves and need to be supported by a vertical structure that acts as an anchor. However, in hanging baskets these plants beautifully spill over. Although their care is easy however, a few things need to be considered.
Fuchsias are beautiful hanging basket flowers that were originally discovered in the Caribbean and are native to South America. Fuchsias are flowering plants that mostly consist of shrubs or small trees. Their two-tone color and delicate appearance is the reason why most prefer growing them. However, they need special attention and are hard to plant. You need to make sure that there are no insects in the around the area where the stem and leaf meet.
8. Million Bells
Calibrachoa, or Million Bells, is a perennial that is native to South America and was introduced in the early 1990s. It grows 3 to 12 inches tall and comes in various colors such as pink, yellow, white, blue and red. Their foliage is bright green, oval shaped and compact and their blooming period is from spring to frost. They are one of the best flowers for hanging baskets as they blossom nonstop without deadheading and gracefully spill over the sides of your basket.
Petunia is a species of flowering plants originating from South America and is closely related to tobacco, tomatoes, potatoes and chili peppers. These hanging basket flowers come in great variety with single or double blooms, ruffled or smoothed petals, and striped or solid coloured. Most of the petunias sold today are hybrids. Petunias are tender perennials and are known to be one of the most popular flowers.
10. Sweet Alyssum
Sweet Alyssum, also known as Lobularia Maritima, is a species of low-growing flowering plant that is native to the Mediterranean. It is commonly used in containers and baskets because of its dainty, fragrant flowers that help it achieve a frothy look when they spill over. Its leaves are grey-green in color and have a narrow, lance shape.