Although there are many baskets that are perfect for hanging plants, the rules of container gardening still apply: Use a nutrient-rich soil and be sure to allow for drainage; choose hanging plants that make sense for your climate and for the spot where you plan to leave them; and water often—without much soil to retain water, hanging baskets need vigilance or they'll dry out.
Gorgeous two-toned foliage makes these little rosettes excellent, drought-resistant hanging plants for containers. Once established, they can tolerate extended dry periods; they generally flower in the warmer months. Available on Etsy; $4.99 for one plant.
Any dwarf lavender will add not only its delicate purple shade to a basket but also its soothing scent. These sun-loving hanging plants will thrive near any window—you can't go wrong! Available from Burpee; $12.99 for one plant.
The delicate blooms and exquisite blues, purples, and whites of lobelia make it an excellent choice for everything from garden borders and window boxes to hanging plants perfect for your porch. Lobelia does best in part-shade locations. Available from The Home Depot; $34.99 for pack of four.
Although many impatiens are falling prey to downy mildew, by putting making them hanging plants, you can get them out of the ground and out of soil that could harbor the aggressive mold. If you plant them in containers, you can still enjoy the beautiful shades of one of America’s favorite annuals. Try ‘Busy Lizzies’ for their abundant flowers. Available from Burpee; $22.99 for 12 plants.
Commonly known as Donkey’s Tail, this long-trailing succulent with vibrant green leaves will draw instant attention as hanging plants. Best grown in full sunlight with regular, moderate watering throughout the year, except in winter. Available on Amazon; $18.00 for four cuttings.
Add dimension and texture to your basket with a dwarf fountain grass, such as ‘Red Riding Hood’. Give it full sun, and these low-maintenance hanging plants will reward you with a bountiful shape all year long! Available from The Home Depot; $14.99 for one quart-sized plant.
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Bright and deep purple-pink, ‘Imagination’ is just one of many verbenas that make perfect hanging plants. Give them full sun and keep the soil moist for best results. Available from The Home Depot; $34.99 for pack of four plants.
Relatively new on the scene after more than a decade of breeding, trailing varieties of pansies do well as hanging plants in baskets and containers. Spreading larger and having deeper color than older pansy varieties, they are also extremely cold-resistant—surviving sub-zero temperatures. Available from Burpee; $12.99 for pack of four plants.
Bacopa ‘Snowtopia’ has cascading evergreen stems that burst with a profusion of white blossoms from June through September. Favoring sun or semi-shade, it’s an ideal choice for a porch or patio. Available from Etsy; $3.46 for one packet of seeds.
With its showstopping flowers, Fuchsia has been a long-time favorite with gardeners. The brightly colored, lantern-like flowers can attract hummingbirds to your yard and thrive in part to full shade. These plants need lots of nutrients when producing flowers, so tend fertilize them regularly and deadhead spent flowers to maximize their blooms. Available on Etsy; $7.99 for 15-20 seeds.
Begonias have earned their place as one of the best hanging plants for their showy flowers, free branching habit, and tolerance for heat. Available in a wide range of colors, from yellows, to oranges, to reds and pinks, “non-stop” varieties can give you blooms all year long. Available from Burpee; $23.99 for 12 plants.
Calibrachoa is also known as Million Bells for its steady output of tiny petunia-like flowers. The plant flowers at a rapid rate with colorful cascading blooms. Available from The Home Depot; $34.99 for pack of four plants.
Don’t be fooled by its dainty flowers, Sweet Alyssum grows in abundance. The plant begins producing blooms in mid-spring, provided the weather is warm. Although its blooms are most commonly white, there are special varieties that bursts with deep purple or light pink flowers. Available from The Home Depot; $34.99 for a pack of four plants.
For a hanging that receives a lot of direct sunlight, Moss Rose is a hardy choice. These colorful flowers may look dainty but they can endure the sun's direct rays even on the brightest of summer days. Available from The Home Depot; $34.99 for a pack of four plants.
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Lantana is a hardy plant that can survive in sunny spots, even with little water. This low-maintenance flower draws pollinators to the yard, so if you plant Lantana, expect to see plenty of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds feeding on its nectar. Available from The Home Depot; $34.99 for a pack of four plants.
Whether it's the porch, deck, or even inside the house, these plants will look beautiful in hanging baskets.
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