6. Heliotrope – (annual) Heliotrope has such a delicious aroma- some people say it smells like vanilla, while others feel it smells like it’s namesake of cherry pie. They are drought and heat tolerant and are a great deer repellent. They are long bloomers that will bloom through the Summer up until the first frost. Heliotrope plants grow in one-sided clusters that follow the sun. One warning if you plan on having Heliotrope is that all parts of the plant are poisonous to humans and animals if ingested, so you will need to make sure you keep them away from children and pets. Colors include varieties of white and pale lavender, and deep blue.
7. Million Bells – (annual) They are also known as “mini petunias” or “trailing petunias”. This is an easy one to care for as you do not need to do any deadheading and the flower will continue to bloom non-stop all season. These are a great flower as they also attract hummingbirds and butterflies, which are so fun to see! The flowers grow in shades of violet, blue, pink, red, magenta, yellow, orange and white.
8. Geraniums – (annual), These lovely plants need to be in an area with at least six to eight hours of sunlight. Since these plants must be protected from cold, wait until the threat of frost has passed before planting. Watering daily is important. The colors of geraniums grow in white, pink, orange, red, purple.
9. Petunias – (perenial) They need to have regular watering and as much sunlight as possible to promote multiple blooms.When deadheading the petunias, make sure you remove the blooms AND the seeds. Color choices are nearly limitless, and some even have beautiful veining.
10. Lantana – (perennial) Lantanas are planted in the Spring, once the threat of cold weather and frost are gone. Lantana prefer warm temperatures, so mid-Summer they’ll give you an abundance of blooms. When you first plant your Lantana, be sure to give them plenty of water until they are established. They require very little after, and will only need to be watered about once a week. Make sure you do some deadheading every now and then, as this will encourage more blooms. The Lantana also attract butterflies and hummingbirds, which is always fun! Colors include red, yellow, pink, orange, and purple.
If you’re looking for even more beautiful flowers for your hanging baskets, visit Western Gardens. They were extremely helpful to me, and I am so excited to see what happens with my hanging baskets this season!
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