The homes that stand out in a neighborhood are typically those with well-manicured lawns and attention-grabbing features such as flower beds or foliage. Many homeowners have rediscovered hanging flower baskets, which can be placed literally anywhere in the yard. The compact size makes them great for hanging around a porch or deck area, and they can even be used on yard light posts or decorative posts placed in an existing flower bed.
Verbena is a very popular plant, and it is now available in a trailing variety that is ideal for hanging baskets. These flowers typically hang from 12 to 18 inches, and can grow longer. They have a long bloom life, usually producing flowers throughout the summer. Be sure to pick out flower trash like dried blooms to keep the basket looking its best. Verbena has an understated fragrance and grows best in full sun, but also does well in partly-sunny conditions. It is available in a number of colors, including white, red, rose, purple and lavender.
These flowers are great trailers, and come in several colors. They are known in some areas as "million bells." From mid-spring to early autumn, the plant is covered with flowers that resemble small petunias, in shades of violet, white, yellow, rose, blue, pink and burnt orange. The leaves on this plant are small, narrow and bright green. New growth can reach about 3 feet, and the plant is self-cleaning, making it unnecessary to pick off dried-up blooms. For maximum color, keep Calibrachoa in full sun.
This plant has an impressive trail ability, ranging from 12 inches to 18 inches. It is also self-cleaning and comes in a variety of colors such as white, violet, rose, pink and a variety called "Green-n-Gold," which has white flowers on variegated yellow and green leaves. Display these flowers in full or partial sun.
For a nice effect in mixed baskets, try Bidens. Yellow flowers cover lacy leaves during a long summer-blooming season. Varieties include Gold Marie, Goldie and Golden Flame, and growth is 10 to 18 inches. Pinching back the spindly parts will cause the plant to grow bushier. This plant does very well in bright sunlight.
This trailing plant does well by itself or with other plants in mixed baskets. It has good trailing ability, growing 12 to 18 inches, and the plant is another self-cleaner. The flowers are a variety of purple shades, from lavender to a deeper purple. This plant love full sun, but it will also do very well in partial sun.
Hanging baskets that contain licorice vine have a touch of elegance. The leaves of this vine are a silver-gray color, and there are several varieties that are suitable for hanging baskets. These plants can grow from 2 to 3 feet tall, and do very well in either full or partial sun. They prefer well-drained soil.