Ideas & Inspiration

7 Unexpected Plants for Hanging Baskets

Morning Glory
Morning Glory

Though you traditionally see morning glories running up mailboxes and fences, they’ll climb anything they can get their tendrils on. Use in hanging baskets and they’ll trail over the basket for a beautiful display. Plant three different types of morning glories in the same basket for a unique look.

Moss Rose
Moss Rose

The vivid blooms on portulaca, or moss rose as it’s commonly known, are delicate-looking, but tough. This plant likes the heat, is drought-tolerant and doesn’t require deadheading. Place moss rose in a place where it’ll get plenty of sun; its flowers will close up when it sits in shade.

Sweet Potato Vine
Sweet Potato Vine

Ornamental sweet potato vine has a wonderful purple foliage color and looks especially pleasing in hanging baskets. Its unique trailing feature flows gently to make the basket look ultra full. Be sure to use compact varieties in hanging baskets, especially when pairing with other plants.

Begonia
Begonia

Shade-loving begonias come in white, pink and red. These plants flower quickly and profusely, but will never get too large for their container. Plus, begonias’ pretty red or bronze-tinged leaves look attractive in hanging baskets, even when the flowers are not in bloom.

Heliotrope
Heliotrope

Sweet-smelling and gorgeous, heliotrope is a favorite of many gardeners. The plant produces large clusters of deep blue, white or purple flowers. The white varieties smell like vanilla while other colors smell like cherry pie. Heliotrope’s mounding form makes it a perfect match for containers.

Verbena
Verbena

Trailing forms of verbena are an elegant selection for hanging baskets. Both drought and heat tolerant, verbena is very low maintenance. Choose plants in shades of pink, purple or blue.

Fuchsia
Fuchsia

This exotic flower is popular with humans and hummingbirds alike for its two tropical colors and unusual shape. They prefer part-sun and cooler temperatures, so hang your fuchsia in a semi-sunny area. Include them along the perimeter of your basket so the flowers can drape over the edge.

Tip: Check soil daily for dryness. Plants in containers tend to dry out more quickly than those planted in the ground.