Perennial Plants For Hanging Baskets
Hanging baskets are a great way to enjoy your favorite plants anywhere, anytime. Use perennial plants for your hanging baskets for lasting value, since they start to grow again in spring. Here are some perennial plants for hanging baskets. Normally known as carnations or pinks, the dianthus comes in over 300 varieties. A good border flower for cutting, several species are compact enough for planting in the center of a basket, providing a profusion of flowers during summer. Available in a range of bright colors, many of the blooms are scented. Available in a variety of species, a trailing fuchsia, such as the white and crimson “Cascade,” makes an ideal, colorful plant to grow over the edge of hanging baskets. The different types of fuchsia produce pretty, ballerina-like flowers in shades of pink and white and they are easy to grow all summer.
Normally used for ground cover in gardens, the ivy-leaved geranium is an excellent trailer that adds depth to a display. With evergreen leaves and delicate pink or lilac flowers, the geranium is a hardy perennial which blooms for most of the summer. Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage new growth. An evergreen, hardy plant, the ivy comes with a variety of leaf shapes and variegation. It is a perfect perennial for providing a background for more showy colors, as it trails gracefully from hanging baskets. Keep the leaves clipped to maintain its shape. Be careful to wear gloves as ivy sap may irritate the skin.