Hanging baskets filled with colourful flowers brighten and decorate any deck, porch or balcony. Some flowers that grow well in hanging baskets also can bring hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard. Choose different plants all in the same colour, such as pink, yellow or red, for a cohesive look. Alternatively, choose many different colours for a fun look.
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Petunias are one of the most popular choices for hanging baskets for several reasons. First, they come in all sorts of colours from white, to red or blue, to pink and white striped. Petunias produce masses of bright flowers from late spring all the way through the summer. The blooms will spill over the sides of your basket. Petunias are also great for a beginning gardener because they don't require much upkeep. They do best in full sun, but can handle partial shade.
Lobelias are an option if your porch, balcony or wherever you plan on hanging your basket is in a shady area. They don't require much sun, so they can handle shade for most of the day. Lobelias are trailing plants, so tendrils will hang over the sides of the basket. They have small flowers that can be red, blue or pink.
Trailing verbenas will hang up to 12 or 18 inches from your pot and will produce flowers all summer. Flowers come in a wide range of colours, such as white, purple, pink and red. The flowers should be picked to maximise production. Trailing verbenas do best in full sun, but can withstand some shade.
The biden is a flowering plant that has lacy leaves that are covered in small yellow flowers all summer. Some varieties produce gold or orange flowers. Bidens will trail about a foot outside the basket. This plant needs at least six hours of full sun a day, so place it in a sunny spot.
This plant does not require pruning or much other upkeep, so it's a sensible choice for someone new to gardening or who doesn't have much time to spend with plants. Different varieties of the plant produce virtually every colour, from white to deep orange to lavender. Scaevola does best in full sun, but can survive in partial or full shade.
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