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Hanging Baskets for Patio

Looking for suggestions for plants/flowers with some color that would be good for our hanging baskets on our covered patio? Baskets probably get 1/2 day indirect sunlight and maybe 5 to 10% direct sunlight each day. In the past, flowers have grown very poorly and stringy.  
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Posted 2016-04-27T14:59:45+0000  by MikeGeo MikeGeo
Hi MikeGeo,

Since your past efforts with flowering plants haven't been very productive, why not try another approach.

Boston Fern hanging baskets are made specifically for settings like yours.

They have enormous street appear because of their size, texture, color, and motion of the fronds on breezy days.

And, they're easy to grow.

Simply water once a week with the garden hose ... enough water to begin seeing the excess flow out the bottom.

Then simply watch them grow.

In my yard, they out-perform almost anything else I've tried.

If I can grow it, you certainly can too.

Hope this helps,

Pat InPaint

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Posted 2016-04-27T17:08:12+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

Hi Mike.


Thank you for your great question.


It sounds like you have shade for most of the time for your hanging baskets.  This means that you would need plants that will do well in the shade outdoors.  Since you have plants in your hanging basket that do not flower well and are long and stringy, this is an indication that the plants you are using require more sun. 


When you are choosing plants for your shaded environment, be sure that the tag says “Shade” or “Part Shade” and not “Full Sun”.   Shade loving plants that will look good in your hanging basket are English ivy, coleus, and impatiens to name a few.  The Lobelia will make a nice edge plant for a hanging basket or even a great center attraction for the trailing hanging basket flowers such as the Fuchsia.


The smaller succulents will also make a great addition to your hanging basket as then can be placed on the top side as well as the side of your hanging basket.

null 2.5 in. Assorted Mimicry Plant (3-Pack)

Sword ferns make a great hanging basket plant but since they will crowd out other plants, they must be planted by themselves.

Delray Plants Boston Fern in 10 in. Hanging Basket

The New Guinea Impatiens is a larger version of the regular Impatiens and can make a great center focal plant.

Proven Winners Ruffles Peach New Guinea Impatiens 4.25 in. Grande

Depending on the time of year and your planting zone, you may also have access to some beautiful cool weather plants such as Pansy’s and Trailing Pansy’s.

Showcase a unique display of color in your yard by combining two hanging baskets to create a spherical planter! Fill your planter with beautiful pansies to usher in the fall and reuse a few months down the road with colorful annuals to celebrate spring.:

Be sure to take some pictures of your creations and share them with us at “”.



Posted 2016-04-27T18:13:58+0000  by Rick_HD_OC
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