Hanging baskets add beauty and color to your home, and take your landscaping above ground level. You can adorn almost any spot with flowers, as long as you can install a hook to hang a basket. Balconies, porches, decks and the eaves of houses and garages are all possible locations for hanging baskets of bright flowers. Choose plants with lots of blossoms and trailing habits for the most beautiful baskets. Combine several varieties of flowers, mix flowers with greenery or fill a basket with only one type of flower to achieve different looks.
Petunias (Petunia hybrida) are easy to maintain and available in a variety of colors, making them a favorite for hanging baskets. Abundant blossoms will spill over the sides of the basket and will almost obscure the basket. Wave cultivars are particularly nice for baskets because they don't require dead-heading to bloom almost continually. Petunias do well in full sun but need to be kept moist for the best blooms.
The brilliantly colored blossoms of fuchsia (Fuchsia sp) are well-suited for hanging baskets. Fuchsias prefer partial shade and cooler temperatures, though they will be killed by frost. Regular applications of fertilizer will keep the plants blooming from spring to fall. Fuchsias are available in many shades of pink to red, with green, variegated and even reddish foliage.
Ivy geraniums (Pelargonium peltatum) combine the trailing habits of ivy with the bright, hardy blossoms of geraniums. Ivy geraniums are available in shades of red, pink, salmon and white, with solid green or variegated leaves. These plants prefer cooler temperatures, so are a better choice for northern climates, or early spring and late fall in the South.
This trailing relative of the familiar garden zinnias produced masses of yellow to gold daisy-like flowers. Creeping zinnia (Sanvitalia procumbens) is a good choice for baskets in hot, dry climates because it stands up to heat. The flowers will bloom continuously from early summer to first frost.
The bright yellow and orange blossoms of nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) spill over the sides of hanging baskets. The flowers have a sweet, peppery taste and can be eaten in salads and used to flavor vinegars and oils. Nasturtiums are easy to grow from seed and look nice in a mixed basket with herbs such as rosemary and dill, or with other flowers such as purple pansies.