The most popular trending item these days is the hanging basket. Hanging baskets are versatile with an unending variety of styles, colors, and shapes. They are moveable and can be put anywhere. Making it even more flexible, the clips on the hanging mechanism we carry are designed for the hook to be easily removed so that the hanging basket container can itself be popped into a more decorative urn and grace a patio, porch, or yard.
THE huge thing to consider when choosing a hanging basket is to determine where it’s going to be hung, or in other words, its location. Location is everything. Track the movement of the sun, and watch for the number of hours of sun or shade it will have, check to see if an eave, fence, other building or house will shade it, and also double check for wind exposure. All of these factors will have an impact on which kind of plant will thrive in that area.
On a practical or structural level, even the weight of the hanging basket is something to be considered, which will affect the type of hook and support that will be needed to keep it safely hung.
The type of hanging basket that does well in a sunny area, getting 6-8 hours of sunshine is a geranium hanging basket (ivy, mixed or plain), Calibrachoa also known as Million Bells in solid or mixed color, the new Sun Begonia (Solenia Begonia), and Trailing Petunias. Whether the spot is a windy one will determine which of the above would do best.
For shaded areas, getting 4 hours of gentle sunshine or less, Begonia and Fuchsia hanging baskets always work best. Begonia hanging baskets come in solid and mixed arrangements.
We would be happy to consult with you to try to get the best match possible for your location. Stay tuned for a coming blog on container C-A-R-E.