Hanging flowers are a lovely way to brighten up the interior of any home. With so many vibrant colors and styles to decorate a room, there is a multitude of types of hanging plants that suit every household. Delicate clusters of Morning Glories may hover just above our heads, suspended midair in a beautiful wicker basket.
Or maybe you’ll dangle the soft petals and lingering vines of a Wisteria bush from trellises for a whimsical, fairytale feel. It’s little wonder these 14 idyllic varieties of hanging flowers are often seen at storybook weddings, along carefully manicured porches, and even in the home.
What would make this kismet connection between nature and beauty even more spectacular is the ease it would take to maintain these flowers. I know what you’re thinking.
Many of these hanging baskets sound too good to be true, with lovely blooms that must cost a fortune in upkeep. Surprisingly, there are a handful of easy-to-maintain flowers that even the most forgetful gardeners among us can keep alive.
Hang Flowers to Brighten Your Space
Improved designs to make fake blossoms appear realistic have sent many consumers in the direction of silk flowers that last forever. Artificial roses, along with other plants, are exceptional for long-term decorations. Many weddings arrangements have also gone in this direction with bouquets that stay as beautiful for your tenth anniversary as the day you first purchased it.
When should I use real flowers in my hanging baskets and when to use artificial ones?
Plus, imagine the benefits of artificial wisteria when constructing an elaborate, mobile display for events. With all these benefits to artificial flowers, they are still no match for the fresh scent and exquisite look of a real flower. Not to mention the absence of the hefty price tag that typically accompanies a silk arrangement.
For the home, a hanging flower basket full of real flowers is ideal. Even if you don’t have the greenest thumb, there are hardy houseplants out there that require minimal output for maximum enjoyment.
Occasional watering, picking off dead flowers and leaves, and the right amount of sunlight are usually all that’s needed. There is something satisfying knowing you’ve nurtured these delicate little beauties now brightening your homes.
What are the best hanging flowers for wedding decorations?
What flowers you have in your wedding comes down to personal preference. Everyone envisions their special day with a particular scene in mind. The most traditional selection of flowers for weddings has generally been roses, wisteria, and hydrangeas.
Roses are the classic symbol of everlasting love that comes in almost every color known to humankind. There is no problem finding something to match your color scheme. The drooping petals of wisteria make it a perfect wedding garland or hanging decoration on archways. The thick, full clusters of Hydrangeas, on the other hand, are an excellent complement to almost every flower and act as filler for spaces with gaps.
Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora): Fabulous Drought-Tolerant Hanging Plants
The Moss Rose is a tropical plant native to South America with branches that spread wide and low. These sprawling plants with vibrant rose-like flowers make them beautiful candidates for your hanging planters. Because the Moss Rose is such a wide-flourishing plant, a large container and plenty of space is necessary when finding the perfect place for your hanging plant.
This isn’t to say that your home will become overrun with the plant, however. You might need to trim them back a little from time to time. When it comes to watering, the Moss Rose is relatively easy to please. Far from the maintenance of a real rose flower, this plant is closer in nature to a succulent.
Its bright green leaves and stems make excellent storage places for water, allowing the Moss Ross to withstand periods of drought, high temperatures, and occasional forgotten watering.
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
When starting with a hanging plant that’s easy to manage, you can’t go wrong with Sweet Alyssum. With dainty, small flowers that vary in color from white to purple, this plant is much sturdier than it looks. Generally used in the garden as ground cover plants, they can get by with partial shade as easily as full sun.
They are also incredibly hardy to high temperatures and are even drought-tolerant. Unlike some plants that require constant watering, Sweet Alyssum is sustained by only about an inch of water a week.
For this plant, however, hanging flowers pots with sufficient drainage is a must. It’s a small request to make from a flower that puts up with so much.
Million Bells (Calibrachoa)
The Million Bells flower is also called the Trailing Petunia and is well-known as a classic hanging plant. Its beautiful blossoms often spill out over the sides of its container, providing the basket, and your home, with a dramatic visual effect. The plants are also the perfect size for indoor plants, growing only to about 1 foot to 2 feet in width.
The Million Bells plant is also relatively easy to maintain. It requires little more than several hours of sunlight each day and a proper watering once the top of the soil begins to dry out. There’s no need to add special nutrients to its soil or regularly prune back any overgrown stems. The Million Bells flower naturally takes care of that on their own, which means less hassle for you.
Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus): A Hanging Basket to Keep Squirrels at Bay
Named for the Greek hunter who fell in love with his reflection, then later turned into a daffodil, the Narcissus pseudonarcissus is a plant you will fall in love with, too. If your plans include hanging these plants outside, then daffodils are an even more promising prospect for those of us surrounded by pesky, unwanted pests. Trying to keep squirrels out of hanging plants can be a chore for any gardener.
Squirrels love to hop from plant to plant, digging up the soil in any hanging basket to tuck away their food for safekeeping. Some flowers, however, have a smell or taste that squirrels hate and will keep them out of your flower pots and off your porches. Daffodils are such a flower and are especially helpful at warding off these destructive intruders.
Pansies (Viola tricolor)
Pansies are a beautiful cold-hardy flower that can survive a frost in your garden when necessary. Inside, however, these colorful flowers serve an equally crucial purpose by bringing a splash of color to your living room during those long winter months. It also keeps your pansies safe from unwanted critters who might otherwise feast on the flowers when out in the elements.
Keeping them healthy and well-nourished throughout the year is also easily accomplished by maintaining well-drained soil that is moist and rich in nutrients like hummus. Pansies come in all sizes and varieties, including trailing flowers that are perfect for hanging flower baskets. Their sizes range from approximately one inch in width to about three inches.
Dwarf English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Hanging Basket Flowers that Act as a Natural Mosquito-Repellent
Affectionately, known as “Little Lottie,” lavender is generally a large plant that requires plenty of space. It can flourish quite well inside, however, especially when growing a dwarf species of lavender. The best part about using lavender in a hanging basket is that you have options about how to hang it.
You can either grow the lavender directly within the basket or can collect dried lavender stalks that will retain their fragrance and appearance for up to two years. You can’t get any more low-maintenance than no maintenance at all!
Lavender gives off a pleasant, but strong, fragrance that’s perfect for filling your home with a fresh, floral scent, which is also why it shows up so frequently in home decor. This strong smell is great for you, but not so much for mosquitoes. This is actually still great for you. Lavender is a top-choice plant that repels mosquitoes and can be placed on your front porch to keep them away throughout the night.
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Black-Eyed Susans are a popular vine plant found throughout the United States and are easily recognizable with its bright colored petals and dark brown center. The flowers grow along long-reaching vines that will latch onto any support to sustain their growth. This characteristic makes them exceptionally marvelous as hanging basket flowers since their vines naturally twine about the basket handles in a lovely, trellis effect.
Black-Eyed-Susans are reasonably easy to take care of, as well. Allowing the soil to remain moist and adding a little nutrient-rich compost will keep your plant happy and healthy. They are even an easy flower to grow from seeds and will grow as early as seven days after planting.
Morning Glory (Ipomoea)
Morning Glories are another striking example of a flowering vine plant that is perfect for any hanging flower garden. Traditionally seen in trellises or even on a wall hanging along the sides of houses, these beautiful flowers grow in long trailing vines that can hang as far as 15 feet long.
Their diverse array of colors, including some bi-colored varieties, add a splash of vibrant pigments to any garden party decor. Because Morning Glories are so long and wild with their massive spread of flowers, gardeners often place them in containers to regulate them.
Confining them to a hanging basket prevents them from getting too far out of control, and the dramatic cascading effect of flowers looks amazing on your front porch. Morning Glories aren’t picky about their growing conditions either and occasionally tolerate poor potting soil that has dried out if you forget to water them.
Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla): Hanging Baskets with Colour Changing Flowers
A quintessential icon in most gardens of the South, hydrangeas are reminiscent of old antebellum homes and long sprawling lawns complete with massive oak trees. While often seen in large bunches along the sides of houses, like lavender, hydrangeas can also be grown indoors using the dwarf variety.
When planting hydrangeas in hanging baskets, it’s important to note the amount of space being used and how you will transport it from one place to the next. Hydrangeas also offer the unique potential of changing colors, an impressive attribute to have in a flower, especially for those who regularly like to change up the look of things.
Hydrangeas typically grow light pink flowers, except for the white hydrangeas which don’t change. If the pH level of the soil becomes more acidic, those pink flowers will gradually darken into deep blue petals.
Now, this isn’t a fairytale style “make it blue” situation, and the colors don’t just magically transform overnight. It may take over a year to change the colors, but it will undoubtedly be worth every second.
Verbena (Verbena officinalis)
If you live in an apartment, or just enjoy the look of hanging plants along your windowsill, window boxes are the perfect solution for you. These boxes hang on the edge of your windowsill and are easily accessible. For plants like Verbena that love a sweet sunny spot to soak up the rays, window boxes are an ideal home.
Another plant typically used as ground cover, these flower bushes spread over the edges of their containers, cascading downward in lovely, full branches. Verbena also attracts pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies.
Can you imagine looking out your window and seeing an adorable hummingbird flitting from flower to flower? For maintenance, Verbenas are happy with adequate sunlight and soil that stays well-drained. Give these easy-going flowers an inch of water a week, and you both will have it made in the shade.
Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis): The Best Hanging Flowers for Wedding
If you want to have a garden wedding, you’ve probably already imagined a stunning archway lined with a tapestry of these beautiful flowers. No wedding party decor would be complete without the overflow of a Wisteria flower garland on a trellis.
Even if you aren’t planning an elaborate outdoor ceremony, Wisteria makes excellent hanging plants for your porches and gardens. While these flowers make attractive hanging plants, they are generally left to outdoor gardens or as lining for arches and doorways.
Wisteria can grow up to 25 feet in length, making it a bit too overwhelming to grow successfully in your home. They can be brought indoors over winter, or flourish in large potting barrels outside, but it’s important to see these as temporary and to let those plants have their own trellis.
Begonia (Fibrous begonia)
When choosing the right Begonias for your hanging plant, it’s essential to keep in mind the types of Begonias available. There are three major types of Begonia flowers commonly seen in gardens and households, but only one is suited for indoor hanging flower baskets.
Tuberous Begonia plants are lovely, large flowers that resemble roses. Their need for high heat levels and copious amounts of sunlight prove they are better in outdoor hanging baskets then indoors. Rhizomatous Begonias, on the other hand, lack the style and beauty of the other two species of begonia.
For the gardener looking for the perfect hanging basket for your living room, the Fibrous Begonia is your match. Fibrous Begonias are some of the best plants to grow in your shady gardens, a quality suited perfectly to your home when there isn’t a lot of sunlight.
Fuchsia-Flowered Gooseberry: The Best Plants for Upside Down Hanging Flowers
Another idyllic candidate for hanging basket plants is the Fuchsia-Flowered Gooseberry. This plant is aesthetically pleasing with its deep red flowers that dangle downward. Fuchsia-Flowered Gooseberry also does well as hanging shade plants, meaning you can grow them indoors near a sunny window without worrying if they will wilt.
Once established, the plants will also need less direct waterings and will do just as well in conditions with heavy rainfall as they will in brief periods of drought. In outdoor gardens, the Fuchsia-Flowered Gooseberry is generally kept out of the way of paths and walkways due to their prickly, unforgiving thorns. So putting them somewhere out of reach, say in a hanging basket, for example, keeps them from puncturing any unnecessary holes.
African Daisies (Osteospermum)
African Daisies are flowering plants with exotic-colored petals that look almost painted. These exquisite flowers make the perfect addition to any hanging basket with their full, vibrant flowers that can grow up to four inches wide. Growing these flowers indoors will brighten any space in your home and will also limit the possibility of aphids or spider mites on plants.
This arrangement is good for the plant and makes it easier for you to maintain them. As a tropical flower, these plants require an abundant amount of sunlight to thrive, so hang them in a sunny spot outside, off your porch, or by a brightly lit window in your home.
African Daisies are also drought-tolerant, meaning if you miss a watering or two, they will kindly forgive you. However, they still require approximately one inch of water to keep them adequately nourished each week.
Any of the 14 easy to maintain hanging plants listed are sure to bring a smile to your face and add character to even the dullest of rooms. All you have left to do is make your choice, the hardest task you’ll be saddled with when it comes to these flowers.
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