The Best Plants for Hanging Gardens

While your hanging garden may not end up as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world you can still take inspiration from memories of places such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Certain plants just look more attractive growing in a hanging pot and cascading over the sides. A hanging garden should include both evergreen and color for balance.


Fuchsia plants flower in colors of red, purple and pink. They do best in moist soil, so when being grown in a pot it is especially important to pay attention to the moisture content of the soil. The fuchsia loves the morning sun but needs to be shaded if you have hot afternoons. You will also need to fertilize every two weeks with a houseplant food, diluted to half strength. The fuchsia is hardy to USDA Zones 6a to 9b.

Asparagus Fern

This plant, because it grows berries and flowers, is not a true fern. It has long, spiky deep green stalks that look lovely trailing over the side of a hanging pot. It likes lots of sunshine and, in fact, will turn yellow if left in the shade. Hardy to USDA Zones 9 to 1. The berries of the asparagus fern are poisonous.

Spider Plant

This is one of the all-time favorite hanging plants. With variegated, long, thin leaves and spikes that have baby plants at the end, it is almost indestructible. The spider plant prefers partial shade, a monthly application of houseplant fertilizer and a moist, but not soggy, soil. It does best in USDA Zones 8 to 11.

Mixed Flowers

Few gardening techniques yield more attractive results than a hanging pot of mixed flowers. Some gardeners prefer to keep their mixed container to blooms of different shades of the same color, others will plant strikingly contrasting colored plants. It might be a bit of a balancing act to find flowering plants with similar light, moisture and fertilizer needs. Lots of flowering plants can be grown in a hanging basket, including petunia, ivy geranium, bacopa, millionbells, nasturtiums and alyssum. Choose plants that bloom at different times so that when one stops, another is just beginning, and you will have continuous color.

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