Brighten your days by planting colorful hanging flower baskets with a
splash of color under your pergolas and porches. Baskets
of trailing flowers and foliage give a finished look to any outdoor
Hanging baskets come in various shapes and sizes and are available in
plastic, pottery and wood, as well as wire. Some have self-watering
devices and snap-on hangers that convert clay flower pots into handsome
aerial planters. You could of course make your own hanging baskets from
plastic pots and coat hanger wire.
Here we will show you how to plant hanging baskets as well as looking
at the best flowers for a variety of growing conditions; no sun but
good light, partial sun, and full sun.
A fine example
of hanging flower
baskets in England
Soil and Preparing Hanging Baskets and Hanging Pots
While fiber basket liners
are handier in
preparing your hanging baskets
for flowers, sheet moss
and will help conserve moisture in your flower baskets.
This is one
area that needs your special attention, and one of the reasons why so
many flower baskets don't do well.
Keeping the baskets well watered and
maintaining the moisture is a must.
Cut the moss to the shape of the flower
basket or pot and if you are using strips, make sure that these are
overlapping as you line your hanging basket.
Planting hanging flower baskets with
beautiful and colorful plants
For extra precautions,
place a piece of sacking first and then add the moss.
Drainage is no problem in watertight containers if a bottom layer of
gravel and crushed charcoal is used before adding the soil. Good
topsoil should be chosen for your flower baskets that also includes
bone meal and well-rotten
This is a medium that is favored by most flowers used
in hanging flower baskets but if you have decided to plant nasturtiums
or succulents, then you will need to use a less fertile soil for them
to do well. Here it would be better to grow them in a soil that has
equal amounts of soils and clean builders' sand.
Best Plants for Hanging Baskets and Pots
Below are some of the best plants for hanging baskets and hanging
plants for the outdoors.
(Ivy leaved Snapdragon.) Often found in on the walls of shaded ruins in
Europe. It is a delicate and graceful
grower bearing a profusion of small purple flowers during the flowering
(Yellow creeping Loosestrife) has lovely slender stems, and
small leaves with buttercup-yellow flowers, about the size of
(creeping Saxifrage.) The leaves have a lovely pattern to them, with
and the spikes bear a profusion of small star-like white flowers.
(Mock Strawberry.)No one would think about growing this plant for the
strawberries themselves as the fruit is spongy and very insipid in
taste. However, it is a good shade plant and does well in hanging
baskets under eaves that may not get a lot of light.
5. Vinca major
(Large periwinkle.) An evergreen with glossy leaves about long
with large blue flowers opening only in the
spring. This flower, is only recommended for large hanging baskets.
6. Vinca minor
, (Lesser periwinkle.)
This plant is exactly the same as the vinca major, but is smaller in
flower size as well as leaf size.
7. Vinca perenne
(Creeping periwinkle.) Again there is no confusion when looking at this
plant that it would be anything else, other than a vinca. However,
because it is a trailing variety, it makes a pretty show in your
8. Cereus flagelliformis
( Cats tail or creeping cereus). Despite the fact that this plant
belongs to the cactus family it grows well in the shade in summer. If
they are grown indoors, as many are, then they should be placed near a
window to receive indirect sunlight.
9. Sedum Sieboldii
stone crop). This fleshy leafed plant has pale purple flowers that
grows well in window sills where little maintenance is required. It
also needs very little water or growing room, does
well in small spaces and is very hardy.
10. Sedum acre
; (Yellow stone crop, or
"Love entangle"), does well in either sunshine or shade, and has a good
crop of flowers. Like its sister above, this is a drought-loving, hardy
plant that needs little care.
11. Viola odorata
(Sweet violet), has stalks that send out many
slender branchlets, hanging over the sides of the pot or basket, and
bearing a profusion of very sweet purple flowers.
12. Calystegia pubescens
(Double convolvulus). Often seen as a weed by gardeners, but when
planted in hanging baskets and window boxes it is contained, and will
reward with many showy flowers over the flowering season.
13. Epigea repens
, (Ground laurel), is a hardy evergreen
that has a profusion of pretty white, starlike flowers.
14. Mitchella repens
, (Partridge berry), another
evergreen with sweet scented white flowers, followed by a lot of orange
to red berries, as can be seen in the picture on the left.
15. Polemoninm reptans
(creeping valerian), has strong flower spikes with blue flowers, which
hang over the sides of the basket.
These plants have been divided into general
growing conditions from areas of no sun to full sun.
6 Best Plants for
Hanging Baskets and Pots for Areas of No
Sun but Good Light
If you are going to place your hanging flower baskets in an area where
they will get good light but no sun then you will want to plant your
4. Kenilworth Ivy
10 Best Plants for
Hanging Baskets and Pots for Partial Shade
If you are placing your hanging flower baskets in a
you can use the following shade flowers:
2. Black-Eyed Susan Vine
6. Hanging Begonias
8. Bush Morning Glory
Best Plants for Hanging
Baskets and Pots for Full Sun
For sunny places
here you can plants out:
2. Balcony and
3. Ivy leaf Geraniums
5. Trailing Lantana
in Hanging Baskets
Of course you don't need to just think about planting flowers in your
hanging baskets. You can also think about planting them out with
and cherry tomatoes
Plant small varieties after packing the basket with the moist soil to
within an inch of the rim. Knock larger plants from their pots and
press the soil firmly around the roots and stem. Make sure that you mix
your baskets with both trailing and erect growing plants, as long as
they all share the same growing conditions.
Hanging Flower Basket Tips
Wind could kill your
when first planted out as well as dry out
the soil. Therefore, when you have first planted your flower hanging
baskets out keep them out of the wind for a couple of days before
hanging them up on their wall brackets or suspending them from hooks.
Make sure that your flower hanging baskets are within easy reach of
watering, and water frequently to prevent them from drying out. Don't
forget that the wind is definitely a factor here. The more windy your
location the quicker your baskets will dry out.
The difference between good hanging flower baskets and great hanging
is making sure that you have
regular feeding program
. The soil soon
becomes depleted of nutrients as all the plants start growing and
therefore bi-monthly feeding with a liquid or soluble fertilizer will
promote more buds, vigorous growth and stronger plants. If you are
going to plant Sedums they prefer a lower-nitrogen diet.
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