A hanging basket overflowing with colorful blossoms makes a decoration that will instantly spruce up any porch, patio or corner in your home with a sunny window. Before sprinkling some seeds in a container, consider that some flowers are better suited for hanging containers than others.
Begonia pendulas are frost-tender perennials that should be brought indoors for cold weather. They have long been popular hanging planter flowers with their bright, full, large blossoms that cascade over the edges of the container. Flowers come in white, yellow, orange, red and pink. They are a good choice for planters in heavy to full shade.
Brachycomb are bright, daisy-like flowers that come in bright white, deep blue or vivid purple, with a sweet scent. They prefer partial shade and well-drained soil. Excessive heat may bring on some pouting, but lightly pruning and deadheading blossoms will help them bounce back.
Fuchsia comes in bright shades of white, red, pink or purple. The bell-shaped or tubular blossoms, the vibrancy of the color and the trailing foliage make fuchsia a very eye-catching plant. It can be left out year-round in climates with mild winters and brought in during the winter in colder climates. Keep it sheltered from harsh sun and wind, and keep it's soil slightly moist.
Inexpensive and widely available at almost every gardening center, impatiens is a sun-loving variety sporting colorful sprays that overhang the edges of planters with small blossoms in white, orange, pink, red or purple. Mix lots of compost or a slow-release fertilizer when planting to give them a boost, and they will produce quickly.
Lobelia has little height but fans out and over the edges of pots like a waterfall of small flowers, so it is perfect for the edges of hanging baskets with a mixed arrangement. Blossoms can be a soft shade of blue, purple, red, pink or pure white. They like full sun or partial shade, but not heat, so while they will produce prolifically in the spring and fall, they may fuss over the summer. Keep it moist and in rich soil.
Salvia can add some height to hanging basket arrangements with shooting spikes of color. Red and purple are among the most popular colors, however salvia varieties also come in white, orange and soft pink. Salvia are fairly low-maintenance. They're happiest in full sun and well-drained soil, but fairly hardy.
Torenia is an annual that produces prolifically, creating a continuous spray of blooms throughout the growing season. The blossoms are mainly white or light purple, with dark purple lower lip and a bright yellow spot on the inside of the tube. They don't mind full sun, though they prefer partial shade and constant moisture.
An elegant cluster of primrose-like flowers, verbena comes in a number of soft or vibrant colors, such as white, pink, peach, red, purple and blue. Upright varieties will grow as high as 18 inches, while trailing varieties, ideal for smaller hanging pots, will reach just over 6 inches in height and cascade over the edges of the pot. They are not fussy; with light watering, full to partial sun and occasional fertilizing, they'll do well in zones 2 through 11.
Zinnia is an inexpensive, readily available, popular and easy-to-care for flower that makes a beautiful display. It's colors cover the spectrum: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple and green. Zinnia also varies in shapes and sizes, from dwarf varieties to giant blossoms. They are sun worshippers that prefer a rich, moist soil with lots of organic matter that has good drainage.