Hanging baskets are a simple way to add interest to a patio, balcony or entryway. Fill a hanging basket with a variety of upright or cascading plants, and you'll have a blaze of colour from summer to autumn. Select plants with similar requirements for water and sunlight. Check hanging containers daily during warm weather, as the soil will dry out quickly.
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With its cascades of dainty blooms in shades of electric blue, lavender, pink, purple and white, lobelia is ideal for hanging baskets. Lobelia grows in full sunlight or partial shade, but will appreciate full shade in hot, summer climates. Lobelia will bloom from early summer to autumn, and will attract a variety of butterflies to your garden.
Ivy geranium (Pelargonium peltatum) is valued for its attractive, ruffled foliage and wide variety of bright blooms. Unlike most geraniums, ivy geranium appreciates morning sunlight, but should be in the shade during the afternoon. The blooms, which last all summer, are available in a nearly endless range of colours, including pale pink to lavender, orange, salmon and bright crimson.
Calibrachoa (Calibrachoa xhybrida), also called million bells, will create a flood of bright colour when planted in a hanging basket. The miniature, petunia-like blooms are available in violet, red, rose, cherry, yellow and blue, and will appear all summer. Although calibrachoa will bloom in sunlight or shade, plants grown in sun will produce more blooms.
Bacopa (Sutera cordata) performs well in full-sunlight hanging baskets, as long as the plants get plenty of water during hot weather. Although the showy white bacopa is the most common in hanging baskets, rose and lavender varieties are also lovely. Bacopa will bloom all summer.
Easy-care trailing verbenas (Verbena x. hybrida) work well in hanging baskets, with lacy foliage and clusters of flowers that bloom from midsummer to mid-fall. Trailing verbena, available in red, white, violet and pink, blooms best in full sunlight. Trailing verbena can also be cut for indoor arrangements.
Wave petunia (Petunia x hybrida WAVE) lights up a hanging basket with a cascading mass of colourful, 4-inch blooms. Wave petunia will produce white, violet or pink blooms from early summer to the first frost. A low maintenance plant, wave petunia will attract colourful hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden.
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