Container gardening lets you use window boxes, hanging baskets and gardening pots on patios to bring foliage and bloom wherever the gardener sees fit. Hanging baskets or hanging pots create visual impact, whether with tall plants, ferns that spread or long, cascading plants that trail down the sides.
Bird's Nest Fern
The bird's nest fern, botanically named Asplenium nidus from the bird nest fern family, is an evergreen easy-to-grow perennial, well suited for container gardening. Fronds are bright green and long, growing in a funnel shape. They may grow 5 feet long, but are slow growing. Ferns make good hanging-pot plants due to their foliage. Plant in low light in a humid environment. Propagate via spores in USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11.
The spider plant or spider ivy, botanically named Chlorophytum comosum from the lily family, is an easy-to-grow, fast-growing perennial. Leaves are grass-like, 8 to 16 inches in length, with white tiny flowers on the stalks. Smaller plantlets are on ends of the stalks. Grow in bright light or shade in moist soil. Propagate via plantlets or division in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 11.
The sword fern or Boston fern, botanically known as Nephrolepis exaltata from the sword fern family, is a perennial. Fronds are 3 feet long in clusters. Depending on cultivar, foliage may vary. Grow in partial shade with propagation via runners. It is for USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11.
The blue passionflower or hardy passionflower, botanically known as Passiflora caerulea from the passion flower family, is a fragrant, vine-like perennial that is drought tolerant and attractive to butterflies. It can grow 30 feet with five-part leaves. Flowers bloom in the summer and are 4 inches wide and white or purple-blue. Grow in full sun with proper drainage. Propagate via seed or cuttings in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 11.
The allamanda or golden-trumpet, botanically known as Allamanda cathartica from the dogbane family, is a fast-growing vine. Leaves are whorled and flowers are yellow and shaped like trumpets. Some varieties are fragrant. Grow in most soil in sun to light shade. Propagate via cuttings in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11.
The glory lily or gloriosa lily, botanically known as Gloriosa superba from the lily family, is a fast-growing perennial vine. Flowers are red and yellow and 3 to 5 inches long. Leaves are 2 to 3 inches long and bright green. Grow in well-drained soils in sun to partial shade. Propagate via offsets or tuber division in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11.