Baskets of flowers are popular for use on patios, terraces and porches. Hanging baskets take advantage of vertical growing space. Almost anything that can hold soil can be used as a hanging basket. One popular choice is a wire basket lined with sphagnum moss. Water the flower baskets frequently since they tend to dry out quickly, especially on hot, dry days. Baskets need fertilizing often due to frequent watering. Use water-soluble fertilization every two weeks. Avoid hanging your flowers in windy sites because strong winds can damage your flowers and basket.
Petunias offer a great variety and color range of blossoms. They produce nearly every color imaginable. Their blooms are large flaring tube-shaped with single or double petals. These vigorous growers thrive in hanging baskets and drape there everblooming stems over the basket edges. Grandiflora petunias produce large blossoms 3 1/2 to 5 inches in diameter with frilled edges. The large blooms are susceptible to weather damage so need protection. Multifloras grow smaller blossoms 1 1/2- to 2-inch flowers that mature quicker and tolerate adverse weather. Hang baskets of petunias in areas with high light exposure. Some petunias to try are Daddy Dream, Primetime, Purple Wave and Pink Wave.
Fuchsias include around 100 different types and are ideal for baskets because they produce drooping stems full of colorful, bell-shaped blossoms. Most fuchsia blooms are bicolor in any combination of white, pink, red, magenta and purple. Fuchsias flower continuously from spring into autumn when grown outside. Pinch off dying blossoms to extend the flowering period. Fuchsias thrive in partial shady conditions that protect them from afternoon heat. They enjoy cooler temperatures that are found on shady porches. Bring your fuchsia baskets indoors before the first fall frost in order to save them over the winter for next spring. Cultivars to find are Dark Eyes, Starry Trail and Swingtime.
Nasturtiums give off a delicate fragrance and produces abundant, colorful blossoms. Nasturtiums are edible with a peppery flavor full of vitamin C. Nasturtiums are dwarf, semi-trailing and single flower climbing varieties. The semi-trailing stems reach a length of 2 to 3 feet. Single-bloom climbers send out vines that stretch 6 to 8 feet long. Nasturtiums perform the best in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. Less sunlight means less blooms. Sow nasturtiums directly in your hanging baskets since they do not like to be transplanted. Some varieties are Alaska, Jewel of Africa and Strawberry Ice.