A perennial plant is one that lasts from one year to the next without having to be replanted. You can easily start perennials from divisions, seeds or cuttings. Perennials in a hanging basket can go for up to two years before they will need to be repotted. Division is the easiest way of maintaining a perennial in a hanging basket. To divide a perennial, remove the plant from the container, and cut or tear the root mass. Replant the perennial in a container with a soil mixture high in organic matter. Perennials are valued not only for their long lasting growth but also for their flower colours and foliage. To keep the perennials healthy from one season to the next, always bring them in before a hard freeze. This will prevent the root-ball from freezing and killing the plant.
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Mexican heather or Cuphea hyssopifolia is a tender perennial that likes full sun. It only grows to a height of 6 inches and produces small, lavender flowers on compact foliage.
Trailing lantana or Lantana montevidensis is a perennial that does well in sun to partial shade. It has a trailing growth habit that can reach 1 to 2 feet in length. The plant blooms in the spring, summer and fall. This plant is very drought tolerant.
Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis is a perennial plant that comes in two forms. These include upright and trailing. The trailing variety works best in a hanging basket. The foliage of the trailing rosemary is needle-like, with a greyish-green colour. The plant blooms pale-blue flowers in the spring, fall and winter.
Cane Begoina is a perennial whose name says it all. The plant has a segmented stem with swollen nodes. The foliage looks like angel wings that are spotted, streaked, blotched or a solid colour. The leaves can also be a dark green on top, with a burgundy colour underneath. This plant likes to be placed in shady areas.
Dwarf Indian Blanket
Dwarf Indian Blanket or Gaillardia grandiflora is a perennial plant that is heat and drought tolerant. It loves to be in full sun and grows to 1 foot in height. This plant produces everblooming flowers that are red and yellow bicolor. To extend the bloom time, remove spent flowers often.
German Red Carnation
German red carnation or Dianthus carophyllus is a cool weather plant that likes sun to partial shade. The plant produces fragrant red flowers that are everblooming. These flowers are good as cut flowers. The total height of this plant is 1 foot.
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- Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension: Hanging Baskets Plants For Outdoors
- University Of Vermont Cooperative Extension; Hang It Up!; Leonard Perry
- Houston Chronicle; 10 Best Perennials For Your Summer Shade Garden; Kathy Huber; March 24, 2008
- Texas A&M Cooperative Extension: Perennials For Texas Landscapes