The best trailing flowers

Written by gemma argent
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Every garden should have at least one variety of trailing flowers. Whether it's in a hanging basket or a flower pot on the patio spilling over with flowers, it will add a burst of colour and additional shape to the garden. There are a lot of different trailing flowers, each with particular colours, growth patterns, shade or sun requirements, but there are also a few must-haves for your garden.

Million Bells

The million bells plant or calibrachoa, has tiny flowers that look like miniature petunias and will last all through the summer and into the fall. The colours include pink, blue, yellow, violet, red and white. The leaves of the million bells are bright green, which makes the flowers pop out. The trailing vines can easily reach 3 feet or more in a season, so make sure to hang a basket high enough so the vines do not trail onto the ground; if you plant it in a pot, trim the vines so the do not look sloppy. Million bells do best in full sun.

Trailing Verbena

The trailing verbena makes an excellent plant for hanging baskets or for making a cascade of flowers over a brick wall. It comes in several varieties including the Aztec and Babylon, which trail about a foot to a foot and a half over the side of the pot or basket and have flowers that will produce throughout the summer. Colours come in purple, white, pink and red and give off a beautiful, delicate scent. Trailing verbena prefers to be in full sun, but the plants will still thrive in partial shade.

Spanish Shawl/Trailing Princess Flower

Spanish shawl or trailing princess flower of the floribunda species, is a perennial that trails to a foot and a half to two feet down. These plants will do well in climates where there is no frost or freezing temperatures: USDA plant hardiness Zone 10b and Zone 11. Full sun is preferred, but the plant will also do very well in partial sun. Colours include whites and pinks and the flowers will blossom in the fall and winter months provided the temperatures do not drop too drastically. The leaves are an orange-green, which really makes the flowers stand out.

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