Hanging baskets make good containers for plants because they can be located in sun or shade and are easy to maintain. Because hanging baskets are usually located off the ground, they have fewer insect and disease problems than plants planted in the garden. Good plants for hanging baskets are plants that bloom and trail or drape over the edges of the hanging basket.
Varieties of petunias are available that are bred specifically for hanging baskets. They bloom profusely and trail dramatically over the edges of the hanging baskets. Petunia varieties available for hanging baskets are the Wave, Ramblin' and Super Cascade varieties.
Ferns planted in hanging baskets create a tropical atmosphere in the garden. The best ferns for hanging baskets are the asparagus fern, the Boston fern, and rabbit's foot fern. Most fern hanging baskets, except for the asparagus fern hanging basket, need to be located in a shady area during the sunniest part of the day.
Trailing begonias produce glossy foliage and colorful flowers that drape over the edge of the hanging basket. They are available in pink, yellow and red blooming varieties. They prefer some shade in the hottest part of the day. Locate begonia hanging baskets outside of windy areas where strong gusts can break and damage begonia foliage and stems. The angel wing begonia is an unusual variety with large wing-shaped green leaves and orange flowers.
Drought- and sun-tolerant as well as colorful additions to the butterfly garden, trailing verbenas are a great addition to any hanging basket. Available in purple, white, red and pink varieties. In warmer climates they can be perennial (coming back every year).
Wishbone Plant or Scaevola
Small green leaves with interesting blue fan-shaped flowers, scaevola are becoming a popular plant for hanging baskets. Tolerant of part sun, but they need to be watered as much as once a day in hot weather. Scaevola do best in hanging baskets 12 inches in diameter or larger, because a larger basket does not dry out as fast and the plant's roots have more room to spread.