How do you tie three species together in one hanging basket? Use variations of the same color. The purple calibrachoa flowers, above, are echoed with the slightly lighter violet hues of bacopa (Sutera cordata) and sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima).
You could keep it simple and work with just one species. Flower-filled calibrachoa is the main attraction here, spilling forth in hues of purple, pink, and red.
Good to Know: To see if colors go together, check out a color wheel. Look for any three colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as the purple, pink, and red calibrachoa shown above. Another option is to choose two colors that are directly opposite each other, such as red and green.
Add Bright Foliage
Include chartreuse creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) in your hanging planter for vibrant, season-long color with or without flowers. Yellow calibrachoa dovetails nicely with the chartreuse, while red petunias add some excitement.
Choose a Theme
Plant a basket with school colors. Or show your patriotic spirit with a mix of red, white, and blue. Red verbena, white petunias, and baby blue lobelia complete the trifecta. Want a darker blue? Try a different lobelia or substitute nemesia or browallia.
Find a Superstar
When you have flowers as beautiful as these, why bother with a companion plant? This hanging basket (available at Lowe’s) features pink begonias in a matching pot. Want to experiment with your own colors? Spray-paint a plastic basket with your favorite color (use a paint labeled for plastic).
Make it Stand Out
This bright hanging planter of orange-apricot calibrachoa has all the appeal (and color) of a sunset. But there’s no need to wait till the end of the day to enjoy it. Hang the basket out front where its festive personality can shine all day long.
Try Something Different
Here’s a clever spin on a hanging basket: Plant the perimeter of the planter with trailing plants such as the chartreuse sweet potato vine and yellow lantana seen here. Then, instead of planting the rest of the basket, carefully wedge a plastic saucer into the vacant center. Fill with water to make it a birdbath.
Hanging baskets accessorize a garden and let you add color and pizzazz where there was none before.