Popular Hanging Baskets for your Front Porch

Dated: 05/18/2020

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18 Plants Perfect for Hanging Baskets

No matter how small your garden, there's always room for hanging plants. Use any of these 18 best hanging plants to add color and interest to any porch, deck, balcony, or sunroom.

  1. Getting Started

    Caring For Hanging Plants

    Although there are many baskets that are perfect for hanging plants, the rules of container gardening still apply: Use a nutrient-rich soil and be sure to allow for drainage; choose hanging plants that make sense for your climate and for the spot where you plan to leave them; and water often—without much soil to retain water, hanging baskets need vigilance or they'll dry out. 

    Related: 10 Gardening Mistakes That Are Killing Your Plants

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  2. Supertunia Petunias

    Petunias For Hanging Baskets

    Able to shed its old blooms on its own, this breed of petunia comes in many rich shades and will draw hummingbirds and butterflies to your porch. Available on Amazon; $34.99 for four plants.

    Related: 12 Plants That Are Perfect for Window Boxes

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  3. Painted Lady

    Painted Lady Succulent

    Gorgeous two-toned foliage makes these little rosettes excellent, drought-resistant hanging plants for containers. Once established, they can tolerate extended dry periods; they generally flower in the warmer months. Available on Etsy; $4.99 for one plant. 

    Related: 14 of the Best Plants for Your Drought-Tolerant Garden

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  4. Dwarf Lavender

    Lavender Hanging Basket

    Any dwarf lavender will add not only its delicate purple shade to a basket but also its soothing scent. These sun-loving hanging plants will thrive near any window—you can't go wrong! Available from Burpee; $12.99 for one plant.

    Related: 12 Plants That Will Make Your Garden Smell Great

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  5. Lobelia

    Lobelia Hanging Basket

    The delicate blooms and exquisite blues, purples, and whites of lobelia make it an excellent choice for everything from garden borders and window boxes to hanging plants perfect for your porch. Lobelia does best in part-shade locations. Available from The Home Depot; $34.99 for pack of four.

    Related: 25 Plants for Your Easiest Garden Ever

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  6. Impatiens

    Impatiens Hanging Baskets

    Although many impatiens are falling prey to downy mildew, by putting making them hanging plants, you can get them out of the ground and out of soil that could harbor the aggressive mold. If you plant them in containers, you can still enjoy the beautiful shades of one of America’s favorite annuals. Try ‘Busy Lizzies’ for their abundant flowers. Available from Burpee; $22.99 for 12 plants.

    Related: 10 Fast-Growing Plants for (Almost) Instant Curb Appeal

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  7. Sedum Morganianum

    Sedum Morganianum

    Commonly known as Donkey’s Tail, this long-trailing succulent with vibrant green leaves will draw instant attention as hanging plants. Best grown in full sunlight with regular, moderate watering throughout the year, except in winter. Available on Amazon; $18.00 for four cuttings.

    Related: 14 Totally Free Ways to Start Your Own Garden

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  8. Chrysanthemum


    A florist favorite, mums bring cold-weather color to your patio as hanging plants. Try ‘Maroon Pride’ for its deep fall shade or the fragrant 'Pink Magnificent.' Available from Etsy; $5.45 per plant.

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