I’m already thinking about what I want to do for the veranda this year and I’m leaning towards more hanging baskets. Our nurseries are always full of gorgeous, ready made hangers but they come at quite a price. One thing for sure, there is an enormous selection of plants suitable for hanging baskets offered every year in our greenhouses. I know some do better than others, or are more reliable and able to perform even when conditions are not ideal. Reliable plants for hanging baskets are probably the best selections for me. The trickier types I’ll leave for someone else:)
Reliable Plants for Hanging Baskets
I’ve made a list to take with me to the greenhouse this spring and thought I would share it. Making this list will hopefully keep me on track when I go to buy the plants to make my baskets. I’ve chosen these selections as I believe they are made of tougher stuff than some and I hopefully will have better success with my baskets.
Trailing Nasturtiums require very little care and love the sun. Probably best to keep them in a basket by themselves as they are best left unfertilized. Mix up a few colours in one basket.
Trailing Begonias will bloom all summer producing single or double flowers. They require regular watering, good drainage and shadier spots. I’m going to be on the lookout for cascading varieties.
Petunias are definitely reliable plants for hanging baskets.They are a riot of colour all summer with both single or double flowers. Most are naturally trailing which makes them wonderful for hanging baskets in full sun.
Trailing Pelargoniums (Geraniums) are great for the sun and can also handle a bit of wind.
More tough Plants for Hanging Baskets
Ivy of different types and tones. There are some lovely variegated varieties now. Makes for a great filler and divider between brighter colours.
Lobelia can be used as a filler or even as a feature plant. Mix up the colours of pink, white, blues, mauves and purples.
Trailing Verbena with it’s multitude of colours and ability to handle some drought. Deadhead regularly to keep it blooming all season.
Sedums for really hot and sunny spots. There are several Sedums that have a trailing habit, Sedum lineare ‘Variegatum’ and Sedum ‘Bertram Anderson’ are a couple I’ll be looking for.
Potato Vine, could be green, chartreuse or purple leaved. Very strong grower and one of my favourites.
Fuchsia for the shady side of the porch. There are so many interesting variations to choose from.
Herbs, I’m going to dedicate one basket just for them. I’ll choose all sun lovers so they will grow well together.
Trailing Lantana has loads of lilac flowers and blooms all season.
Creeping Jenny is very strong and cascades down and over a basket.
Bell Flowers for wonderful shades of cooling blue.
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