7 Best Plants For Winter Hanging Baskets
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7 Best Plants for Winter Hanging Baskets

In many regions, wintry conditions have already set in and blanketed gardens in snow. And while your backyard oasis may be somewhat dormant for the next few months, there’s no reason you can’t liven up the place with a few hanging baskets!

There are a handful of beautiful plants that can withstand some winter weather and make your porch look a little more welcoming.

Calendula

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You’ll likely see calendula during the summer, but they are surprisingly resistant to cold weather. They will live on and can fight off some frost so long as the temperature doesn’t dip below 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you live in a place with milder winters or a very long fall, somewhere in growing zones nine through 11, these will make a great addition to your hanging basket. You can help them live longer in the cold by providing them with full, direct sunlight and well-draining, nutritious soil.

Nemesia

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Nemesia flowers don’t like heat. Instead, they prefer moderate to cooler temperatures making them a great plant to put into your fall and winter hanging baskets. They grow best in growing zones two through 10.

You might also already be familiar with these flowers because they grow well in containers!

These guys are often used in wintertime gardening in southern sections of the United States, growing well between 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature drops to below the 50s, the plant won’t grow as quickly and will bulk up.

With the prior hardening, nemesia can withstand temperatures as low as 32 degrees before dying off. These plants do best if their soil is on the dryer side, so putting them in a basket with other plants that appreciate moderate watering will set you up for success.

Trailing Lantana

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Trailing lantana is considered invasive in some areas, so keeping this in a container is your best bet. It also prefers well-draining soil, so make sure your hanging baskets have holes in the bottom to drain the excess water.

Lantana is best suited to growing zones 7 or warmer and is heat, drought, and sun resistant. Lantana is killed at 28 degrees Fahrenheit, so you’ll want to bring it inside if the temperature dips that low. To help ready it for the winter, stop fertilizing your lantana plant in August or September to harden new growth before the cold sets in. Add a layer of mulch a couple of inches thick to protect the roots, and only water when the top inch or two of the soil feels dry.

Deadhead your lantana by clipping or picking off the dead and dying blooms to encourage more flower production and keep it healthy (like a haircut) into the winter months. Keep this basket in a place with a full day of direct sun.

Oxalis

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You may know this plant more commonly by its nickname, false shamrock. Its unique maroon leaves make it a beautiful addition to a hanging basket. And while it’s a different plant, it does give off poinsettia-like energy, which can help make your space a little more Christmassy.

Oxalis prefers a shady part of your porch, so try to find a spot that doesn’t get as much sunlight. Too much sun will trigger a dormancy period for this plant at 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If this happens, the false shamrock will, unfortunately, drop its leaves.

It also does best in a well-draining, loamy soil mix that gets dry to the touch between waterings. With that in mind, try co-planting false shamrock and nemesia in one basket.

This plant will hang on until the temperature dips to about 15 degrees or below.

Heuchera

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You might know this perennial as carol bells. Like false shamrock and lamiastrum, this plant has some memorable leaves. They are colorful, variegated, wild, and wacky and can bring some depth to a hanging planter or container.

In the summer months, some varieties will produce flowers. In the winter, heuchera can withstand temperatures as frigid as -25 degrees Fahrenheit.

These plants do best in moist but well-drained soil with some organic matter mixed in for a little extra love.

Geraniums

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Geraniums are beautiful, fragrant flowers and are a standard in many gardens.

Many varieties are hardy enough to last through the winter. Some even flower well into the autumn and winter months if you live in an area where the temperature doesn’t dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on your growing zone, these might be a great addition to your hanging basket.

The Jolly Bee geranium is hardy up to -25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lysimachia Nummularia 

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Golden creeping Jenny, as it’s also known, is an excellent plant for containers. As its nickname suggests, its long, viny tendrils spread and hang beautifully from hanging baskets or pots. Because of their chaotic growth pattern, these plants might be better suited to containers than garden beds.

Lysimachia does best with morning sun and moist soil, so place your basket of creeping Jenny in a spot that can catch some morning rays. What makes this plant great is that it’ll survive harsh temperatures — some as cold as -30 degrees Fahrenheit!

How’s It Hanging?

No matter your growing zone, there are some hardy (and some very hardy!) plants that will look great in any hanging basket and live through your winter climate. Now you have to decide what look you want!

Have you used any of these plants in hanging baskets? Share your tips and suggestions in the comments.

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