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Flowering Vines for Hanging Baskets

Magazine article Sunset

Flowering Vines for Hanging Baskets

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Flowering vines for hanging baskets

Delicate cascading branches and a crown of blooms in spring or summer make flowering vines naturals for hanging baskets.

Many nurseries in the West's mild-winter regions sell vines in hanging containers starting this month. Three of the most popular are Jasminum polyanthum (it's covered with delicate, potently fragrant star-shaped flowers in spring), bougainvillea, and lantana (both sport brilliant jewel-colored blooms in summer).

But before you leap to buy or plant a vine in a hanging basket, consider growth habits. Most vines are sprawlers that like lots of root room; to keep them vigorous for more than a season or two takes special care. To preclude heavy maintenance chores, some gardeners put vines in the ground after growing them in pots for just a year or so.

If you have a choice, choose compact or slow-growing kinds. Bougainvillea varieties "Raspberry Ice' (reddish pink flowers and light green leaves with creamy yellow edges) and "Crimson Jewel' (red flowers) are especially handsome. If you transplant them, take care not to disturb their roots; see the box on page 245. Among lantanas, "Spreading Sunset', with red-orange flowers, and "Spreading Sunshine', with yellow flowers, are good trailers.

Getting started, taking care

To create your own hanging basket, put a plant from a 1-gallon container into an 8-to 12-inch pot lined with potting soil. Hang bougainvilleas, lantanas, and jasmine where they'll get full sun. …

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