Plants for Hanging Pots

There are many plants that are well-designed for hanging baskets. Some are stately and they bush outward, some grow tall, and others trail down the sides of the basket, leaving an interesting cascading effect. Plants for hanging pots can be any plant that you personally have interest in that is able to grow well in containers. Hanging baskets are forms of container gardening. Some plants are more apt to be seen than others and are typically found in nursery hanging pots.

Moonflower Vine

Ipomoea alba from the morning glory family, better known as the moon vine or moonflower vine, is a fragrant, fast, easy-to-grow vine. Leaves are 4 to 8 inches long, with white, night-blooming flowers that are 5 to 6 inches wide. The moonflower vine grows in well-drained soil in full to partial sun. Propagate the plant via seed in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11. It is a good trailing plant for hanging pots.

Yellow Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum asiaticum from the dogbane family, better known as the yellow star jasmine, is a fragrant evergreen vine. While not a real jasmine, it does have deep green leaves that are 1 to 2 inches long, with pinwheel blooms that range from white to yellow in its lifespan. The plant grows in well-drained soil in deep or moderate shade. Propagate via layering or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 8 through 10. It is a draping vine for hanging baskets.


Petroselinum crispum from the carrot family, better known as parsley or turnip-rooted parsley, is a fragrant annual. It grows to 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide, with bright, green leaves and yellow flowers. Foliage is used as a breath freshener and a kitchen seasoning. Parsley grows in slightly acidic soils in full or partial sun. Propagate the plant via seed. It does well in hanging baskets near kitchen windows for easier use.

Bengal Clock Vine

Thunbergia grandiflora from the acanthus family, better known as Bengal clock vine or sky flower, is a fast-growing evergreen perennial vine. Flowers are tubular, grow up to 3 inches long and flower in clusters. Leathery leaves have the shape of a heart. The plant will grow fast in ideal conditions of rich soil in sun or shade. Propagate via cuttings in USDA hardiness zones of 8 through 11. A good trailing vine, the Bengal clock vine can be used in hanging planters to trail downward.

Climbing Fern

Lygodium spp. from the ray fern family, better known as climbing fern or old world climbing fern, is a fast-growing evergreen perennial vine. It can have more than 100-foot-long fronds when in trees. Leaves are 2 to 5 inches long and have fringed leaflets. The climbing fern grows in shade or sun in damp soil. Propagate via spore in USDA hardiness zones of 8 through 11. This is another trailing vine that works well in a hanging pot.

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