Hanging planters are an easy way to bring flowers into the home or onto the porch, adding color and texture to the walls or eaves. The best plants for hanging baskets generally have bushy or trailing growth habits and minimal water and soil requirements. There are many flowers that will thrive in hanging baskets.
Native to South America, moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora) is a trailing plant commonly used in containers and hanging planters. The plant is notable for its bright green, semi-succulent foliage and small, rose-like flowers that are available in colors ranging from yellow, pink, and red, depending on cultivar. Moss rose grows best in full sunlight and in soil that is sandy and well-drained, even poor. The annual flower is prone to aphids, which can be removed with a strong spray of water.
Central American Bellflower
Boasting thick, fleshy leaves and waxy white blooms, the cascading Central American bellflower (Codonanthe crassifolia) is an excellent plant for a hanging container. A native of Costa Rica, Central American bellflower does best in indirect, bright sunlight coming from the east, west or south. Grow the plant in moist, well-drained soil. An application of diluted, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks throughout the spring and summer months will keep the plant strong.
Angular Sea Fig
Angular sea fig (Carpobrotus glaucescens) is a fleshy succulent native to South Africa that grows well in a hanging basket or planter. The plant boasts thick, jagged flowers in a shade of pale purple. Place angular sea fig where it can receive full sunlight from the south or the west in soil that is well-drained and just a little bit moist. Fertilize the plant in spring and summer to keep it looking fresh and healthy.