For tropical plant versatility, it’s tough to beat pothos. This vining plant grows equally well in a hanging basket, on a totem or trailing along a table. Leaves have pretty green and gold or white marbling that increases with bright light. Plants tolerate low light levels, too.
Hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11, Abutilon x hybridum 'Rosea', also called pink flowering maple, is a shrub with graceful, drooping stems. Its pink blooms open in spring and summer, while the foliage stays evergreen in mild winter climates. It's lovely in hanging baskets or other containers.
Try ‘Candy Fountain’ (I. Fredette, hybridizer) in a shallow container or hanging basket. This trailing African violet produces double, rose-pink flowers on long runners and has more than one crown. Be careful not to overwater these plants. An African violet’s soil should be moist, but never soggy.
A tight corner under a vaulted ceiling is the perfect spot for a play corner for the pint-sized family members. Hanging baskets provide a fun spot to stash stuffed animals, while floor cubbies provide more space for corraling toys while still keeping them in-sight and reachable for the small ones.
Dichondra 'Silver Falls' accents bright 'Blue A Fuse' petunias and 'Breathless White' Euphorbia in a hanging basket. Dichondra is a great "spiller', or trailing plant, for window boxes and other containers, too. A herbaceous perennial in zones 10 to 12, it can overwinter as a houseplant if you're careful not to overwater.
A hardy blue-green groundcover, sedum sediforme is a variety of stonecrop that grows up to six inches high and spreads in mats of leaves 18 inches wide. It produces tons of tiny yellow flowers in the summer and can withstand temperatures of 20 below in the winter. Plant it in a hanging basket and let it trail over the edges. Zones 4 to 8.
Variegated leaves featuring green with chartreuse splashes make ‘Brasil’ philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’) a colorful choice. This beauty is a patented variety that vines. Let it cascade from a pot or hanging basket, or train it up a moss totem. Classic heart-shape leaves blend with any décor. Give ‘Brasil’ a spot near a bright window for best leaf coloration. Water this philodendron when soil is dry to the touch.
Bring on the blooms with Mistral Yellow begonia. This sunny beauty is a type of Begonia boliviensis, which pumps out flowers all summer long. Showcase Mistral Yellow in a hanging basket or tall container. Plants form tubers that overwinter easily in the pot. Slip the pot into a non-freezing, cool, dark location for winter. Barely water once a month. Tubers start sprouting in spring, signaling it’s time to move the plant into bright light.
Tall, upright snapdragon takes a tumble in this beautiful trailing form. Candy Showers snapdragon is a trailing type that creates a stunning hanging basket or eye-catching spiller plant in a container. Or use it to fill a planting bed with season long color. Flowers open in shades of purple, yellow, red, orange and rose on plants that grow 12 to 24 inches long. This snapdragon tolerates summer heat and sun, but also stages a strong show in shade.
African violets are considered miniatures if they are 6" to 8" or less in diameter, and large if they're over 16" in diameter. Semi-minis are 6" to 8", while standards are 8" to 16". Trailing types have long runners that branch and spread; they can grow in hanging baskets or shallow pots. 'Persian Prince’ (S. Sorano, hybridizer), is a miniature with so-called girl, or scalloped, leaves. Girl leaves are usually fleshier than boy leaves, which are solid green.
Popular in Japan, ‘Little Angel’ burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis var. microcephala ‘Little Angel’) is a new plant to Western gardens. It’s a terrific groundcover that’s rabbit resistant. Oval, rosy-red flowers appear in mid- to late summer. Red flowers contrast prettily with variegated white-edged green leaves. Burnet adapts to boggy or moist soil, and also does well in containers—it makes a striking hanging basket. Plants grow 8 to 10 inches tall by 10 to 12 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
When leaves bring the color, the show never stops. These gorgeous foliage plants fill shady pots or planting beds with season-long good looks. One way to create an eye-catching display is to plant pots with one type of shade-loving annual. Cluster the pots together to create a striking garden tableau. This shade garden features (clockwise from bottom center): glowing gold millet grass (Milium effusum), Kong Red coleus, a hanging basket of Emerald Falls dichondra, Chocolate Mint coleus and Kong Rose coleus. These plants all grow best in full shade to part sun.
Cozy baking racks — like this one in Amy’s home — are a staple in French boulangeries. “I noticed [them] from Paris to Nice and always wanted one,” Amy says — though she admitted finding one was harder than she’d expected. Most of the racks she came across in Europe were too big, so she and Mat hand-built one, then added a distressed finish to give it the well-worn feel they were looking for. And, in classic French vintage style, she decorated it with brass bowls, neutral dishware and a hanging basket.
This hanging basket of sedums, dunce caps and those rubbery roses known as sempervivums can take the cold all winter long and the heat all summer long. Suspend it from your porch so you see color when you look out at the winter grays. RECIPE: Variegated Creeping Blue Sedum (Sedum sieboldii variegatum, Zones 6-8), 2 plants; Chinese Dunce Cap (Orostachys iwarenge, Zones 5-10), 2 plants; Dunce’s Cap (Orostachys malacophyllus, Zones 5-10); ‘Royanum’ (Sempervivum tectorum ‘Royanum’, Zones 5-10), 2 plants; ‘Quintessence’ (Sempervivum ‘Quintessence’, Zones 4-10), 2 plants; Blue Boy’ (Sempervivum ‘Blue Boy’, Zones 5-10), 2 plants; ‘Blue Spruce’ (Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’, Zones 4-10), 2 plants
Flowering maples (Abutilon spp.) were so popular in Victorian parlors, they were known as parlor maples (they’re not maples, however). The plants are coming back in style and they’re great for hanging baskets or other containers that show off their dangling, bell-shaped flowers. Most gardeners keep their plants outside in warm weather and overwinter them indoors. They need a bright exposure in your home and should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. Prune lightly to keep them compact, but don’t remove too many stems, or the plants won’t set buds. ‘Yellow Finch’ has crinkly, yellow flowers and prefers full shade. When grown outdoors, this annual is hardy in zones 9-11.