These are six of my favorite newer hanging basket plants. However, that doesn't mean the old standards should be overlooked. In the sun it's hard to beat ivy geraniums, lotus vine, creeping Charlie, trailing lobelia, ice plant, trailing snapdragons and all the new wonderful varieties of petunias, just to name a few. In the shade, fuchsias, hanging basket begonias, New Guinea Impatiens; standard impatiens, creeping Jenny, coleus and fiberous begonias are superb hanging basket plants.
So as the hanging basket season approaches this year, of all years, you may want to take a little time in choosing which plants you want to include in your summer baskets.