Guides: Hanging Baskets
Among the most spectacular summer flowers, Fuchsias are outstanding garden plants with their continuous display of ravishing, dancing blossoms, dangling in clusters like prize jewels. Often blooming from late spring until the first frosts, they are available in a wide range of colors, from luscious pinks and purples to whites and even peach.
There are thousands of cultivars and about 110 species found in the wild in Central and South America. Among them, the trailing or cascading Fuchsia varieties, with weak stems that flop and branch freely, are great selections for hanging baskets. Here is a list of superb cascading or trailing Fuchsias. They are unmatched for their elegance and offer a great bonus, too: Hummingbirds love them.
Native to South Africa, Gazanias (Treasure Flower or African Daisy) are showy tender perennials exhibiting brightly colored daisy-like flowers, up to 4 in. wide (10 cm), over a long blooming season. Ridiculously easy to grow, they tolerate drought, heat, and seacoast conditions, and grow well in most soils. Prized by gardeners for their dazzling colors, Gazanias are ideal plants to add drama to sun-baked sites with dry soil, where other plants would shrivel.
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) is a fabulous little plant that should not be overlooked! Low maintenance, trouble-free, drought tolerant, it produces a profusion of delightfully scented flowers that will quickly cover your beds and borders with a sea of flowers beautifully mixing with your other annuals or perennials
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