Southeast Gardening forum: Container/Hanging basket ideas (Annuals)

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Georgia (Zone 8a)
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Hamwild
Feb 27, 2017 6:32 PM CST
Hi folks,
I have two "coconut fiber" hanging baskets that I'd like to plant some annuals in and I'm also thinking of making some combo pots for our steps. I don't remember the diameter of the baskets (14-16 inches?) and I don't have any pots yet, but I imagine I won't be able to exceed 8-10 inches in diameter for the pots as our steps aren't wide.

I'd like to know what annuals would be best for the duration of Spring and Summer (and Fall? Do they last in the Fall? Hehe).

I'm not very familiar with annuals or combo pots for that matter, so I'm looking for plants that do well together, won't be needy, and can take the intense sun/heat of Georgia. I also need plants that won't explode in the sense that they start choking each other out and I end up with a half dead combo pot mid-Summer. Essentially, I'm looking for easy care, but plants that will last. I'm not interested in perennials really, my experience with potted perennials is that they explode and end up declining because they exceed the pot size I can provide (they seem to do better in ground for me).

I have some ideas, like sweet potato vine, fountain grass, petunias, and creeping jenny, but I'm at a loss for what else would be good or if any of these would be good ideas.

I realize my pot sizes are more limiting than my baskets, so I may just end up potting one or two plants in the pots and skip the idea of combo potting if tha would be better.

Thank You!
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Mar 2, 2017 8:33 AM CST
This is what I do! Aside from some seeds, I only buy "annuals" that are really "perennials" and do what I can to bring them through winter to be ready to go again the next year, and many plants sold in the house plant section LOVE to hang out outside between the frosts. This frees my budget to buy different plants instead of the same ones over & over. When they get too big, I take cuttings & put them in the landscape &/or share/trade them with others, and re-do pots in spring/fall, as needed. Might not be everyone's style but I enjoy "messing with" the plants often & would get bored if they didn't require some attention. Not sure what fountain grass is, but sweet potatoes and creeping Jenny are perennials.

A search of the database here for full sun plants suitable for hanging shows 104 results:
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You could further tweak the search to suit your needs.


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Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Annuals
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Hamwild
Mar 2, 2017 9:10 AM CST
Thank You!

Thank you for the idea!

Oh doh, I didn't think to search the database! D'Oh!

Oh, I was under the impression that both of those were annuals! Folks around here must dig them up before the Spring if they're in ground. I saw sweet potato planted in someone's yard one year and it was gone the next Spring (so I assumed it was an annual). For the planters, I guess most folks here chunk the stuff they do have. I'd rather salvage the sweet potato then chunk it!
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Mar 3, 2017 2:41 PM CST
A couple plants that stay in pots all the time, going inside house or greenhouse when frosty.

birdnest fern (Asplenium) and friends
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ponytail palm (Beaucarnea) with some Kalanchoes
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Some plants that have been spending summers in the ground & were packed into this pot for winter, though there's no reason this grouping couldn't stay together longer. I've trimmed the too-long Callisia stems at the bottom a couple times over the past few months.
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If I want to, I hang it up, stick stuff in the drain holes, whatever seems like fun at the time. Then repeat more of what ends up being enjoyable and no more of that which doesn't .
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Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Annuals
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Hamwild
Mar 5, 2017 1:03 PM CST
My shepherd's hooks came today, so excited to hang my baskets soon. That is, once I pot something in them and we close on the house first. Big Grin
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Mar 12, 2017 11:28 AM CST
I had to redo this pot because I left it out in a frost a couple months ago. Started over with cuttings of basket plant (Callisia fragrans,) Coleus & some other bits.
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Freezer basket lined with landscape fabric & contents of 3 old, tired plants in old soil repotted into here until this new soil gets old.
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The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Annuals
Foliage Fan Birds Critters Allowed Hummingbirder Butterflies Bee Lover
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Hamwild
Apr 14, 2017 10:12 AM CST
I will take a picture soon, but I ended up purchasing a different shepherd's hook because the ones I purchased couldn't support the weight of my baskets. Also, I ended up planting petunias and dusty miller in my hanging baskets. Not very ingenious or exciting, but they look nice at least! nodding

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