Hanging baskets can be more than just a beautiful way to brighten up the front of you home, they can also be a useful way to expand the space you have to grow food for yourself and your family. Here are some of the best edible hanging basket plants that can look wonderful as well as providing sustenance for your table:
Strawberries are one of the most popular edible plants for hanging pots or baskets. There are plenty of hanging or trailing strawberries to choose from – small, alpine strawberries are particularly popular.
2- Cherry Tomatoes
Any tumbling tomatoes are ideal hanging basket plants. Tomatoes of the right varieties will trail over the edge of your hanging container and provide a bountiful harvest. You can place three or four such plants around the edge of your hanging basket. At the center of the basket, you could consider sowing some basil – a great companion for tomatoes in the garden and on the plate.
3- Bell Peppers
Bell peppers, or sweet peppers, come in all shapes and forms. There are varieties available that are well suited to small space growing and are great hanging plants. Some will dangle over the edge of a basket while others will create a bush of peppers in an attractive form, providing interest from flowering through to harvest as the fruits change color.
4- Chilli Peppers
Fiery chilli peppers also come in many different varieties, some of which are among the best plants for hanging baskets. Again, the changing fruits will provide much visual interest and can rival the most attractive floral displays.
Peas look very pretty trailing over the edges of a hanging basket. You can choose green or purple podded varieties, or a mix of the two. Peas are nitrogen fixers and will help keep a mixed arrangement including flowers for hanging baskets happy and healthy.
Vining beans can also look good in a hanging basket, along with a range of flowers and herbs. Runner beans also have stunning scarlet flowers which can provide a visual appeal as well as food for your kitchen. Choose a deep basket or pot and feed and water well to ensure that the plants have enough nutrition to crop well.
Cucumbers are another of the great edible plants for hanging pots. Take good care of your cucumber and it will crop prolifically – just make sure that your hanging pot is strong enough to take the weight of the cucumbers that will form on the vine.
A large hanging basket will look wonderful when populated with a courgette (zuccini) plant. Not only will you get the large, yellow flowers but can also enjoy the abundant harvest when the time comes. Again, make sure that the container you have chosen is strong enough to take the weight as the plant grows.
9- Mixed Salad Leaves
For a more delicate display, mixed, cut and come again salad leaves in a range of shapes, sizes and colors will look beautiful and is a great alternative to some of the more traditional hanging basket flowers. Combine salad leaves with edible flowers such as pansies and violets for more colorful salads throughout the year.
Another edible crop that is among the best plants for hanging pots is the radish. Radishes can add bite, crunch and color to your salads. Harvest some of the radishes from your basket when they are small but leave others to go to seed. The large, trailing plants will flower and then provide a bounty of seed pods that, when fresh and green, make a delicious addition to the diet, providing a pea-like freshness with a slight radish bite.
One of the most attractive and useful flowers for hanging baskets is the nasturtium, which will form large, trailing plants with an abundance of flowers. Not only will nasturtiums look great, they will also add to your salads – the leaves and the flowers are edible. Then, when the plants go to seed, the seeds can be used as an alternative to capers.
Thyme is just one of the many herbs which are well suited to growing in hanging baskets. All of the Mediterranean herbs will do well in the well-drained environment of a hanging basket. Try rosemary, marjoram, oregano, basil and more. Herbs can be added easily to mixed arrangements can can help add flavor to your food throughout the summer months.