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Flowers To Choose For Hanging Baskets

Posted on: July 13, 2011

Hanging baskets containing flowers are always considered as best way to decorate your garden or patio. They not only add colors and fragrance but also give an elegant look to your outdoor parties. If you also want to decorate your garden or terrace with hanging baskets then you will have to choose flowers which all have same growth requirements so that it may become easier for you to take care of these flowers. Here I am providing you a list of flowers which you can choose to plant in your hanging basket.

Scaevola

It is an annual self-cleaning plant and produces flowers in different attractive colors and varieties including New Wonder and Purple Fan. These fan-shaped flowers are purple in color. These flowers are best for hanging baskets as they grow only 12 to 18 inches long. Moreover they can grow well in all conditions including full sun, partial sun and shade.

Calibrachoa

These flowers are considered ideal for hanging baskets as they trail over the edges of baskets and can hang up to three feet below basket. It is very easy to take care of these flowers because they shed their dead flowers themselves so there is no need to prune them. These annual flowers are also called million bells and they come in different colors like yellow, orange, violet and bluish-orange. They require full sun to grow and hence do well in summer.

Lobelia

These are tiny white flowers having a splash of navy blue. Trailing habits of these flowers make them ideal for hanging baskets for decorating patios and gardens as well. They are very easy to grow and have a long flowering period. These are also summer flowers as their growing period continues from June to October.

Trailing Sweet Pea

I personally like these flowers for their sweet fragrance. These flowers grow in smaller baskets because they manage to grow 7 inches only. Although they also grow best in summer, they continue to grow in winter also and produce flowers in colors like pinks, whites and purples. As far as growth and care requirements are concerned, these flowers need to be pruned when they are spent in order to encourage new blooms.

Begonia

Most suitable varieties of begonia that grow best in hanging baskets include Fragrant Cascading, Trailing Peach Melba, Fireball Cascading and Lemondrops. Begonias are found in colors including yellow, peachy pink, orange yellow and yellow.

Trailing Verbena

Hanging about 12 to 18 inches over the edge of their baskets, these flowers grow in clusters and have a soft and charming aroma. Some popular varieties of verbena are Babylon, Aztec strains, Twilight which come in beautiful colors including purple, lavender, red, white, pink and rose.

Other hanging baskets plants include:

  • Lobelia-trailing
  • Diascia Little Dancer Collection
  • Busy Lizzie
  • Fuchsia
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