Hanging baskets filled with plants or flowers are a lovely sight to behold, providing color and texture high in the air where there would otherwise be empty space. Gardeners who have a busy schedule have their pick of plenty of hardy plants that can be grown with ease in a hanging basket, requiring little to no maintenance.
Moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora), also called sun plant, is an easy-to-grow summer annual native to South America that is commonly cultivated for its resistance to high temperatures and for its roselike blooms, which are available in colors ranging from yellow to orange, red and hot pink, depending on the cultivar. Moss rose is a semisucculent and sports rich green, fleshy foliage. The plant grows best in full sunlight and works well for an outdoor hanging basket in a sunny location. Well-drained soil is crucial to the health of the plant, so use a sandy, loose or rocky soil for best results. Though drought-tolerant, moss rose should be watered on a regular basis to coax out the nicest looking flowers possible.
A native of Java, lipstick vine (Aeschynanthus lobbianus) is a shrublike plant that boasts fernlike green leaves and attractive tubular red flowers. The plant will thrive in an indoor or outdoor hanging basket as long as it receives plenty of sunlight. Lipstick vine will do best in a rich, organic soil that is kept consistently moist to the touch. For truly outstanding flowers, give the plant a weekly application of fertilizer during the spring and summer months (but not in fall or winter). Misting the plant occasionally will help to increase humidity, creating a happier and healthier plant.
A member of the lily family, spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a perennial plant native to South Africa that is commonly grown as a houseplant for its lush foliage. The plant has long, ribbon-like leaves that are often variegated with yellow and green. Spider plant is exceptionally easy to grow, thriving with almost no care at all in just about any conditions. Excellent for a hanging basket, the hardy plant will grow in almost complete shade or sun in just about any type of soil. Though regular watering will help the plant look its best, spider plant is moderately drought-tolerant. Fertilizing the spider plant during the summer will help keep the plant looking fresh.