Choosing a Hanging Flower Basket
As the weather warms up, itâ€™s a great time to start decorating outdoors with beautiful seasonal blooms! Colorful annuals are great for the summer months, and you can get the most out of your blooms by choosing varieties that are low-maintenance and heat-tolerant. These plants especially make for beautiful hanging flower basketsâ€¦great for a summertime gift!
Lantana is an annual that keeps working all summer long. It blooms throughout the entire growing season, and loves hot days and full sun. Lantana pairs well with any other heat-tolerant annual, and any other annual that takes 4 or more hours of sun, like geraniums and petunias. Deadhead occasionally to keep it looking its very best.
Also known as Summer Snapdragon, Angelonia is great for hanging planters because it holds up well in any condition (4 hours of sun or more) and keeps blooming even without deadheading. Butterflies and hummingbirds both love to visit Angelonia. Deer, on the other hand, wonâ€™t touch it.
Euphorbia sprouts many little flowers, making it the hanging basket equivalent of babyâ€™s breath. Itâ€™s a tough little plant â€“ deer wonâ€™t bother it, and itâ€™s low maintenance (4 hours of sun or more). You can use it in an arrangement to easily add texture and color.
Sometimes called periwinkle, Vinca is a flower thatâ€™s very independent. It needs 4 hours of sun or more each dayâ€¦and thatâ€™s about it! With its bright green leaves and pretty flowers â€“ white, pink, rose or red â€“ Vinca adds an easy burst of color to a hanging flower arrangement.
Portulaca is very low maintenance and loves the sun. Itâ€™s deer resistant, is a big draw for butterflies and doesnâ€™t require any deadheading. Portulaca grows easily and requires little watering â€“ they have shallow roots so theyâ€™re a natural candidate for a hanging planter.
Flower varieties may vary by store.