Colorful flowers creeping from a hanging planter is an excellent way to add beauty, texture, and drama to a front porch, deck, gazebo and even a small apartment balcony. They can also add a splash of color when placed under trees, or become a focal point when planted in the middle of your garden. Hanging planters are also the perfect way to bring plants indoors to enjoy inside your home. There are several plants and flowers that look best in a hanging planter, but the main element to remember is to have a “trailer,” which are plants and flowers that have stems that cascade over the sides of the container. The most effective trailers include petunias and ivy. In addition to using trailers, it is recommended that you use plants and flowers that tolerate some drought, as they are exposed to more wind by sitting up high which can dry out flowers more quickly than those sitting in pots on the ground. The following are some of the most suitable flowers for hanging planters.
* “Black Eye Susan Vine” — this showy yellow and black flower tends to grow up the chains of a hanging basket, as well as spill over the sides, creating a lovely, pendulous look.
* “Lobelia” — Butterflies adore this lush mass of electric blue flowers which grows fully both up and down.
* “Lantana” — This vibrant tropical looking flower will scramble up the hanging container’s chains as well as “weep” over the sides. Its glorious scent is a magnet for both butterflies and hummingbirds too.
* “Fushia” — A hanging basket favorite, fushia tolerates shade quite well, so it would thrive on a porch that doesn’t see much sunlight.
* “Petunia” — Petunias are a classic for hanging baskets. Try the popular “millifloras,” which continuously bloom and don’t require pinching off the deadheads, and they do extremely well in hot, wet climates. These are one of the most favorite flowers for hanging planters because they are various colors.
* “Sweet Alyssum” — The best aspect of this bloom is its wonderful honey fragrance, which attracts butterflies and bees. This flower has a very dramatic trail, and grows downward so aggressively it may require an occasional haircut!
Let us know if you have a favorite flower for hanging planters.