I have four hanging baskets that I want to plant with something. It's a
toss up between strawberries and flowers. I could us some advice on the
type of strawberry or some help in finding flowering plants that will
cascade. Nasturtium is one choice because it already grows like a weed
here. I'm in USDA 9b, 70 miles north of San Francisco, in the costal
hills, the baskets will get 6 - 8 hrs of full sun and some partial sun.
Thanks for any help.
I tried strawberries in hanging baskets and even with netting birds were
a BIG problem. They also produce fewer berries than plants grown in the
ground. If you like small tomatoes there are several varieties that do
very well in hanging baskets.
There are many, many plants that do well in hanging baskets. I,
personally, don't like Nasturtiums in baskets because, around here, they
look like crap after the middle of July. I would go to your local garden
store and look around and see what plants and colors you like and talk
to local gardeners in your area and see what they recommend that does
well in your area. You might want to take a look at my web site,
http://members.iglou.com/brosen/index.html and see all the plants that I
have grown in hanging baskets. It might give you a few ideas. Around
here, Petunias are very popular and the cascading ones do very well in
They way they grow and seed. It just looks neat. If it works like it
should, you'll get the peanuts to develop hanging underneath the basket.
Leaf-wise, they are a pretty plant anyway with nice little flowers. The
fertile flowers then sprout this spike that shoves the developing seed
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How about Impatiens ? We love double impatiens. Think roses with no
thorns that you can cut and root over winter.
Bill who wishes they were edible
Garden in shade zone 5 S Jersey USA
ICAO = KMIV Millville Weather
Last summer we planted old fashioned vining petunias in hanging
containers and they do cascade several feet. They are not as heavily
flowered as the hybrid types, but they are highly perfumed. We had
ours hanging both in full sunlight and some in partial sun...six hours
morning direct sun.
No need to look... :-)
Here they are......you have to scroll down to them, the petunia page
address won't display when I paste the address....???? Who knows.
Seedsavers is a great organization to support and their seeds are
A former neighbor had an azalea with double white flowers in a hanging
planter. It grew out and down, almost hiding the planter; and it
bloomed most of year. This was in an area that got afternoon sun with
100F+ summer temperatures, so I don't think a lack of shade would be a
problem in your area. However, depending on the size of the planter and
the potting mix, it might require daily watering. Unfortunately, I have
no idea what variety of azalea it was.
As for impatiens, you should inquire at a local nursery. In your area,
you might be able to grow it in full sun.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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