Trailing Plants for Hanging Baskets

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Trailing Plants for Hanging Baskets
Hanging gardens look best with bushy or trailing plants. (veranda hanging basket. image by mdb from Fotolia.com)

When it comes to landscaping home property, some people think only of the ground. Others take advantage of very inch of space with vines, climbers and hanging pots. If you're planting a hanging garden, choose trailing plants that complement their surroundings and do better with the extra air and sun exposure of a hanging situation.

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes are lush summertime vegetable plants that grow quickly to vining, flowering maturity. Their quick growth invites a wide range of crawling pests, so many people turn to hanging tomato gardens, which offer protection from pests and increased air for these sun-loving plants. Plant tomatoes in deep, heavy pots that hold at least 5 gallons of soil. Make sure the tomato planter has a drainage hole, to keep tomatoes from sitting in water at any time. Use a combination of quick-draining soil and organic compost, and plant tomatoes in early spring. Hang tomatoes where they'll get full sunshine for eight hours every day, and water them with 1 to 2 inches of water a week.

Trailing Plants for Hanging Baskets
Tomatoes thrive with the protection and increased sunlight of a hanging garden. (tomato on vine image by EuToch from Fotolia.com)

Petunias

According to the University of Minnesota Extension, petunias rank among the top flowering annuals, and offer bright, lively foliage and blooms for a hanging garden. Petunias provide a heady floral scent, and bloom in a rainbow of colours. Cultivars come in large, compact and miniature varieties -- grandiflora, multiflora and milliflora -- and should be planted in early spring to enjoy a full summer of draping leaves and flowers. Plant petunias in quick-draining soil and compost and hang them in a location that gets five to six hours of sun. Petunias produce fewer flowers with heavy shade. Water the plants once a week with 2 inches of water.

Trailing Plants for Hanging Baskets
Petunias grow in both large and small varieties. (Variety of petunias image by Sergey Kolesnikov from Fotolia.com)

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are both edible and hardy, and provide another choice for blooming plants that hang down from baskets and pots. Nasturtiums grow rounded, green and yellow leaves and wide open blooms in oranges, reds, pinks and yellows. These are hardy plants with straightforward needs, and provide a simpler option for new gardeners or people who have restricted time. Sow nasturtium seeds in early spring, in a combination of half quick-draining soil and half organic compost, and always use porous baskets or pots that have drainage holes. Put nasturtiums in areas where they'll get full sun for eight hours a day, and water them only every other week to maintain a dry environment for these drought-tolerant plants.

Trailing Plants for Hanging Baskets
Nasturtium blossoms and stems are edible. (nasturtium 23 image by mdb from Fotolia.com)

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