Hanging baskets are an easy way to bring the garden to eye-level. They can easily be used inside the house with indoor houseplants or on patios and porches with seasonal annuals and perennials. Using evergreen plants in hanging baskets reduces the level of care and maintenance required to keep the baskets in colour. In smaller baskets, it is best to use the same plant type while in larger baskets, it is good to use only those plants which thrive in similar growing conditions.
Ivy (Hedera species) is an evergreen plant that is ideal for growing in hanging baskets given its vinelike, flowing growth. Ivies in hanging baskets can be grown inside the house or outside. The foliage of ivies differs in size and colour; the leaves can be solid green or splashed with grey-green, yellow, white or gold. Ivies grow well in low to medium light and thrive in any good quality commercial soil with good drainage. Some popular varieties of ivies include English ivy, Persian ivy, Irish ivy, Nepal ivy, Japanese ivy and Russian ivy.
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is an easy to grow evergreen that grows rapidly, quickly achieving a length of 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) with a 60 to 75 cm (2 to 2 1/2 feet) spread in hanging baskets. The plant creates an ideal effect in hanging baskets with long wiry stems that produce small white flowers and new plantlets. The foliage is grassy and comes in either solid green or with yellow or white stripes. The new plantlets can be placed directly in soil to grow new plants. Spider plant grows well in bright, indirect light and has a moderate water requirement. The plant prefers day temperatures of 18.3 to 23.8 degrees C (65 to 75 degrees F) and night temperatures of 10.0 to 12.7 degrees C (50 to 55 degrees F).
Ferns are popular plants for hanging baskets with their delicate, evergreen fronds that grow in long graceful arches. Ferns are also well adapted to growing in areas of bright or low light and come in a variety of different frond sizes. Ferns have different growth conditions and hence should be chosen according to site. The plants prefer daytime temperatures between 15.5 and 21.1 degrees C (60 and 70 degrees F) with about a 10 degree reduction at night. Some popular fern choices include maidenhair fern, birds nest fern, holly fern, squirrel's foot fern, and Boston fern.
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