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Trish
Jacksonville, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2001
6:13 PM

Post #813

What are your favorite flowers and plants to grow in hanging baskets and window boxes? Right now, I just have some impatients growing in hanging baskets, but I would like to expand. Of course, I can't just keep the garden on the ground! :)

Trish
Dicentra
Philadelphia, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 24, 2001
7:47 PM

Post #48778

Millionnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Bellssssssss..
Vinca Vine..
Fuchsia..
Pelargonium

Trish :)
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2001
10:20 PM

Post #48804

If you have sunny spots try some of those Wave Petunias, they are real show stoppers especially if you can winter them over in a greenhouse and let them go right on growing for a second year. Plant about 5 to an average size basket.
chris

(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2001
12:14 AM

Post #48979

have you heard about using diapers or maxi pads in baskets and window boxes to keep them from drying out. It is the same chemical they sell for just that purpose. I read this somewhere don't remember where.Plan on trying this this year. I kill hanging baskets because I forget to water them, or they die while I am on vacation.Then I have to tuck a few silk ones in till frost.
I like vinca vine, impatients, petunias,I traded for some lantana I am going to sow in a basket directly this spring.
Trish
Jacksonville, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2001
12:40 PM

Post #49038

Thanks for the suggestions- I added a couple of new items to my seed list.
Chris- I have never heard of this- _very interesting_!
I might try it on one basket, and see if it makes a difference for me. My problem is more overwatering than underwatering, so we'll see.

Trish
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


January 27, 2001
9:51 PM

Post #49279

I had to laugh at that one Chris ... The things we gardeners do for our plants! I was just thinking - I wonder if I can talk hubby into going to the store for me. I need orange juice to soak some passion vine seeds in, and apple cider vinegar to set out traps for fungus gnats. Now I'll have to add maxi-pads to the list for the hanging baskets!
Nepthys
Kennedy, NY
(Zone 4a)

February 8, 2001
8:30 PM

Post #51134

LOL... I can just imagine me sitting outside making up my hanging baskets, and having the neighbors stare at me as I pack two or three Stayfree pads in my baskets... ROFL

My favorite is the trailing variety of nasturtiums I get from Pinetree... my hummingbirds LOVE them.
RiseAnn
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 5b)

February 8, 2001
10:50 PM

Post #51168

Blue and white lobelia. I love the way it looks. I also enjoy petunias, panseys and impatiens. I had lovely striking red impatiens last year - a variety called Salsa - double flowers. I am going to try and be more adventurous this year.
justmeLisa
Brewers, KY
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2001
1:01 AM

Post #51190

You guys are funny! I also like the wave Petunia's for a basket. I used the "Tidal wave" series this year. They are doing great. Lisa
justmeLisa
Brewers, KY
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2001
1:03 AM

Post #51191

uhmm, about that pad thing...do I need to put a Midol in there too??(giggle) Lisa

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