Flowers in hanging baskets provide colour to your home landscape. Hanging baskets are good for growing flowers in small areas, as the planters take up very little space. Many flower species readily grow in hanging baskets and provide a display, as the flowers grow over a hanging basket and trail toward the ground.
Petunias (Petunia x hybrida) are some of the most popular flowering plants used for hanging baskets, according to the University of Minnesota. Petunias have a range of different flower colours and the size, shape and growth habit vary by cultivar. Grandiflora petunia varieties produce the largest flowers, over 4 inches in diameter, and often have a vining growth habit that is attractive in hanging baskets. Petunias have a pleasant fragrance.
Ivy geraniums (Pelargonium peltatum) are flowering plants that develop long vines and brightly coloured flowers throughout summer in hanging baskets. Native to South Africa, ivy geraniums are readily available from nurseries but are more delicate than common geraniums. Plant ivy geraniums in a well-drained soil mixture, such as perlite or vermiculite. Ivy geraniums require full sunlight and temperatures between 15.5 and 26.6 degrees C to grow in summer. They can grow in partial shade when average summer temperatures are above 26.7 degrees C, according to Iowa State University.
With its vining growth habit and golden flowers, creeping zinnia (Sanvitalia procumben) makes an attractive flowering plant for hanging baskets around the home. Creeping zinnia is an annual with a fast growth rate. The plant has dark-green leaves that develop a mound of thick growth in the centre of a hanging basket. The leaves then begin slipping over the edge toward the ground. Vines can grow up to 3 feet long and develop numerous small, yellow flowers throughout the summer until the first frost, according to the University of Florida.
Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana) are some of the most popular flowers for home gardens in the United States and grow with minimal care in hanging baskets, according to Iowa State University. Impatiens come a wide range of colours and are easy to grow in hanging baskets. Impatiens have numerous flowers growing up to 3 inches in diameter and come in a wide range of colours. Impatiens are good flowers for growing in hanging baskets placed in shady locations, as the plants are highly tolerant of shade.
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- Purdue University; Hanging Baskets; B. Rosie Lerner; October 2002
- University of Florida; Creeping Zinnia; Edward F. Gilman, et al.; August 2007
- University of Minnesota; Growing Petunias; Deborah Brown; 2009
- Iowa State University; Ivy Geraniums; Linda Naeve; May 10, 1996
- Iowa State University; Growing Impatiens in the Home Garden; Richard Jauron; March 8, 2006
- Clemson Cooperative Extension; Hanging Baskets and Window Boxes; Karen Russ, et al.i; June 1999