Low-Maintenance Plants for Hanging Planters
Well then. Some of the needle point ivy varieties are especially nice in baskets. Most groundcovers actually do pretty well in them and tend to cascade since they have no ground to cover. Vinca comes to mind. Things like star jasmine or honeysuckle (non-invasive varieties that are not banned please!) would add some fragrance. Ornamental strawberries will provide nice leaf texture, flowers and edible berries if you have the patience to pick the little suckers. Full size strawberries snuck into plantings of annuals can be nice.
Best to think about what you want the look to be. As mentioned, annuals or even perennials treated as annuals, in flats are not going to be a major expense each season. I guess in Nashville you might get some hardy perennials to winter over but you are going to be fighting root problems in short order aiming for any sort of permanent plantings. No reason you couldn't use the baskets for growing perennials to go elsewhere in the garden though.
Again, water is your biggest challenge and I encourage you again to think about hiding a drip system and running micro tubes to the baskets. It will make at a snap to fertilize too with a cheap fertilizer injector. Remember, save for the insulation of the moss or whatever liner and a bit of potting soil, you expose all sides of the basket to drying winds. I did a hanging basket system for friends up on the volcano ridge above Albuquerque decades ago that they still love and enjoy today and their baskets always look glorious. The system is on a simple timer so they can go on vacation too!
Also as stressed, get potting soil with water retaining gel or the actual gel and add to your mix. Your garden center will have things like WiltPruf you can mix and spray on newly planted baskets or in weather extremes to reduce moisture aspiration through the leaves due to heat, wind, or frost.
Can you post pictures of the planters you found? I would love to see them.
Remember you can plant baskets other than just from the top down. Just cut clean holes for the plants and patch with spanghum moss to hold in place.
You seem to love thinking about container gardens and hanging baskets. Perhaps their is a new career hiding in all this for you. The place I worked for made an absolute killing (the ivy chandeliers we sold for a sinful amount cost us next to nothing). The consulting practice I ran out of the place got top dollar and fueled plant sales. Unfortunately, the owners were stealing consigned antiques part of the operation so it folded.
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