The Best Plants You Can Hang!
Now that spring has arrived, many of us are turning our attention to our back garden. While your outdoors area may have been left somewhat neglected during the winter months, the hotter weather inspires us all to make our garden a place that is full of colour and life, making it the perfect environment to relax in.
Investing in hanging baskets, hanging fence planters or other kinds of balcony flower pots is the perfect way to add life to your garden, in an instant. Even if you only have a small space to play with or other limitations such as no lawn or back yard whatsoever, these hanging planters let you enjoy your favourite flowers, suspended in mid-air!
If you’re looking up to your wall, fence or balcony this spring rather than down to the soil in the ground, here are some of the best plants you can hang:
Why not create a hanging herb garden with your balcony flower pots? Many herbs can withstand numerous weather conditions, making them a no-fuss grow with big, aromatic rewards! Whether you chose rosemary, thyme, sage, mint or more, you could pot each one individually and display them in a rustic steel balcony pot hanger holder for a beautiful, decorative effect. Or, ‘bundle’ them together to create a rural, organic feeling mini herb garden in one large hanging pot.
If you want to take advantage of the position of your hanging fence planters, trailing plants will spill out and over the edge of the pot, creating a classic cascading effect. Trailing Fuschsia is wonderful for this, with its bright bell-like blooms carelessly toppling over any rail planter it is placed in while trailing begonias will flower its cheery orange display, even if stored in shadier conditions. Complement these colourful flowers with a creeping green leafy plant such as Ivy to add more texture to your pot.
Believe it or not, certain types of cherry tomatoes can be successfully grown in any balcony or hanging planter. Choose a ‘tumbling tom’ variety, placed in a larger pot, perfectly 10 – 12”. (These pots can be attached to any wall using some robust pot clips.)
If you prefer your flowers to stand to attention rather than lazily trail over the edge of your basket, there are many upright varieties that provide a strong, sturdy burst of colour. Geraniums are a popular choice and they will last well into autumn, while the sweet-smelling, smaller Biden plant makes a cheerful addition to any balcony pot. Argyranthemum, the oversized daisy like flower is certainly bold, making an impression wherever it is planted.
As well as traditional hanging baskets, other balcony planter solutions such as railing planter boxes and wall pot rings make it easy to transform every fence, windowsill, wall or doorway into a splendid suspended garden.
Which plants will you be hanging this year?
- Eileen Pegg