Plants for Hanging Planters

Whether inside the house or outside on the porch, hanging planters are a fun decorating tool that can be used to bring a little extra greenery and color into the home. While many plants will tolerate being planted in a hanging planter, there are some that look especially good cascading over the sides.

Hardy Ice Plant

Boasting thick, fleshy leaves and fluffy pinkish purple flowers, hardy ice plant (Delosperma cooperi) is well utilized in a hanging planter that allows its lush green leaves to spill over the sides. This native of South Africa is a succulent that grows best in full sunlight coming from the south or west. It should be grown in well-drained soil that is kept just a little bit moist. An application of water-soluble fertilizer in the spring and summer will keep the plant healthy.

Black-eyed Susan Vine

Black-eyed susan vine (Thunbergia alata ) is a perennial evergreen native to tropical East Africa. The plant is low-maintenance, requiring very little care once established. The vine can be easily grown in a hanging planter, where its broad green leaves and sunny, daisy-like flowers will tumble over the sides. Black-eyed Susan vine grows best in a well-drained, moist soil in a location that gets full sun in the morning and filtered or partial shade in the afternoon.

Goldfish Plant

Goldfish plant (Columnea gloriosa) is a perennial native to Costa Rica and Panama. The plant's name comes from its hooded orange flowers, which resemble goldfish. Goldfish plant offers long, trailing stems that flow over the side of a hanging planter. For best results, grow goldfish plant in a rich, well-drained potting soil that is kept moist at all times. Bright, indirect sunlight coming from the south, east or west is ideal. Goldfish plant should be fertilized every week with a lime-free, water-soluble fertilizer during the spring, summer and fall.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.