Hanging baskets are a great way to create a beautiful garden without the hassle of digging up the Houston, Texas “gumbo” and struggling with invasives and weeds. Also, by creating a hanging garden you can prevent rabbits, cats (sorry cat lovers!) and other pests from nibbling on your garden. And many flowers and plants that do well in hanging baskets are hardier and easier to take care of than their earth-bound relatives. You can also create baskets that combine more than one type of plants, creating some truly gorgeous decorations for your Houston, Texas patio or yard. Think a hanging garden may be something you would like to try? Below are some beautiful flowers and plants that will do very well in baskets.
Painted Nettle Chocolate Mint Coleus. This is a smaller Coleus but what it lacks in size it makes up for in impact. It has chocolate brown leaves that are edged in bright green, a truly beautiful Coleus. Use this plant in hanging gardens that will receive full or partial shade, and enjoy its purple flowers from June through September. Coleus are fairly hardy but when the Houston, Texas temperature drops below freezing, bring them indoors. These will look especially pretty in your hanging garden if combined with white flowers.
Pandora’s Box Pansy. These pansies are smaller than most but bloom in an astounding array of colors – apricot, rust, cream, yellow, rose and multicolor. Use them in hanging baskets that will receive the full Houston, Texas sun. They bloom from late fall all the way through spring, so if you need winter color in your hanging garden this is the flower for you. They are also disease resistant.
Dollar Princess Fuchsia. If you are looking for striking colors for your Houston, Texas hanging garden, these flowers are a good choice. The blooms are a particularly pretty combination of purple and scarlet, and will brighten your hanging garden from January through May. Hang them where they will receive partial sun or light shade in your garden.
Edging Lobelia. The tiny, blue and white flowers of this plant will look lovely in your Houston, Texas hanging garden. They do best in partial or filtered sun, or even bright shade. This is another good choice for your hanging garden if you are looking for winter color, as they bloom from November through May. They don’t do well in the Houston, Texas summer.
Homestead Purple Verbena. Verbena is always a good choice for hanging gardens, and this variety does very well in the Houston, Texas climate. Hang them in full to partial sun and enjoy their purple flowers from spring through the first frost. They will also attract butterflies to your Houston, Texas hanging garden. These flowers are disease resistant and drought tolerant.
Diana Pink Begonia. These gorgeous flowers have pink and rose-colored blooms that will brighten your Houston, Texas hanging garden from spring through the fall. Hang them in filtered sun and be sure to bring them inside if there is a freeze. Otherwise, they make very hardy plants for your hanging garden.