What plants to put in a hanging basket

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What plants to put in a hanging basket
Add more than one variety of plant to your hanging basket to stimulate visual interest. (winter hanging basket image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Create cascading colours and textures with different types of plants in your hanging basket. A basket can spruce up a room's decor or add a punch of colour to an outdoor terrace. Dabble some green leafy plants around a show-stopping burst of brightly coloured flowers. Consider plants with hanging vines or flowering tendrils to get the most out of your hanging basket.

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Climbing or creeping begonias are ideal to grow in a hanging basket. These plants grow thick rhizomes or horizontal shoots that branch out and can create hanging trails or flower clusters. Popular varieties include begonia boweri, with its light-pink flowers; begonia hispidivillosa, with white blooms; and begonia mazae, which produces pink flowers spotted with red. Begonias typically need moist, well-drained soil. Too much water in the soil can cause the roots to rot. Put these flowers in an area with moderate sun.

Trailing Verbena

Another trailing plant that can add pizazz to your hanging basket is the trailing verbena. These plants grow large and bushlike under the proper conditions and produce brightly coloured flower clusters. A wide selection of varieties are available including the 'Bablyon' or 'Wildfire' strains. Verbena can produce flowers in shades of light to dark pink, red, purple, lavender and white. These plants will bloom all summer long in a sunny area. Pick off dead blooms to encourage flower production.

Chenille Plant

This unusual and somewhat comical plant produces fuzzy, long caterpillarlike blooms with heart-shaped leaves. Originating from India, this tropical plant works best as an indoor plant. This long plant will grow and drape its long flowers over the edge of the basket. Put this hanging basket in a sunny area and water it frequently with warm water. A misting with a spray bottle can encourage the plant's growth and help it to produce more blooms.


The delightful calibrachoa, also known as 'Million Bells,' grows bushy and produces multitudes of dainty flowers in red, pink, white or violet. Some varieties produce flowers with dark-red centres and peachy perimeters. The plant blooms from mid-spring to mid-autumn and thrives in a sunny area. The leaves are shiny and dark green. Combine the calibrachoa with another plant that does well in full sun and moist soil.

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