Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Plants for Hanging Baskets - Part III

Republished from my blog gardeningbytes.com.

Here is a selection of unusual plants and vegetables you won't always see in hanging baskets. Start up with vegetables in hanging baskets. You can plant cherry or grape tomatoes in hanging baskets, small peppers, or even strawberries. Herbs can be planted in baskets. Thyme is perfect for edging the basket, chives with their pink blossoms reseed readily, taller herbs can be placed in the center of the basket like rosemary, sage, oregano or tarragon. Place your herb basket outside your kitchen door for easy access when cooking. Some other interesting choices for hanging baskets include coleus, small orchids or succulents to make an interesting basket of color. A display of one plant is striking, baskets filled with all fuchsias, hanging begonias, lobelia, geraniums, allysum, bacopa, petunias, violas, and ferns are striking to look at. Dwarf bulbs can be used for colorful baskets that hang low enough to see the basket at eye level. Choose bulbs tall enough to show over the edge of the baskets, such as dwarf tulips and daffodils, crocus, babiana, grape hyacinth, etc. Hanging baskets need the same attention as container plants, water them regularly as they dry out quickly and are often dried out from wind where they are positioned.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Plants for Hanging Baskets - Part II

Republished from my blog gardeningbytes.com.

Plant herbs in a hanging basket for a unique take on colorful baskets. Choose a large basket for maximum space for your herbs and choose lower growing herbs with a few taller herbs that will fit within the basket height. Thyme is a must for soups and will work well for the edging of the herb basket. Choose one or two taller plants for the center of the basket such as basil, cilantro, coriander or sage. A variegated purple sage will look wonderful in the herb basket. Rosemary may be too heavy to include in a basket unless you grow it for a short time and repot it afterwards into its own pot. Chives are short with rounded pink flowers and make a good edging plant or to mix with other short herb plants. Oregano and marjoram are good herb choices for cooking and will fill out an herb basket in the center. Winter Savory is another great herb for beans or soups. You can use edible plants like nasturtiums to add color and fill out your basket. An herb basket is not only beautiful but ideal for fresh herbs as you cook. Hang your basket in the back yard outside your kitchen for quick access when cooking. Hanging baskets need the same attention as container plants, water them regularly as they dry out quickly and are often dried out from wind where they are positioned.

Basil
Chives
Cilantro
Dill
Lemon Balm
Oregano
Marjoram
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Tarragon
Thyme
Winter Savory

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