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Good Earth’s Hanging Gardens

Good Earth's Hanging Gardens

Spring 2019 update:  This year, the gardens are planted with three different varieties of Lantana, Bandana Lemon Zest, Bandana Red, Bandana Cherry Sunrise, all planted in the tops of the planters, and then both ColorBlast Double Mandarin and Colorblast Watermelon Punch Portulaca on the sides and near the bottom of the planters, the Silver Falls Dicondra.  We will update with images later in the season as the plantings mature!  We aren’t putting the planters out until mid-April or so, for now, they are growing in our coldframe to give them extra warmth in order to encourage root establishment.

Other exciting 2019 news:  Look for Good Earth Hanging Garden Samplers this spring!  These hanging baskets will have lantana, portulaca and dichondra in them.  It’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy a bit the Good Earth Hanging Gardens at your home all season long!

Spring 2016 update:  This year, the gardens are planted with two colors from the Bandana Lantana series, the Red and Gold, both planted in the tops of the planters, and then both Rio Grande Yellow and Magenta Purslane on the sides and near the bottom of the planters, the Silver Falls Dicondra.  We will update with images later in the season as the plantings mature!

We get tons of comments and questions about our Hanging Gardens every year and this season has been no different!  These welded baskets were custom designed for us and are very heavy duty.  The baskets are lined each year with fresh coco-moss.  A plant design is created and x’s are cut in the sides of the coco-moss liner in strategically placed spots, which are then planted.  Here is a rundown of the plants and maintenance of these sun-loving beauties.  All of the plants (listed below) were chosen for both their heat and drought tolerance.  As we all know, Central Arkansas summers are hot with sporadic rainfall, although this summer has been a welcome exception! In addition to being heat and drought tolerant, these plants are all self cleaning… no deadheading, no trimming, and no sidewalk cleaning necessary.  Bottom line, we love these plants!  They have given us all season blooms with basically no care at all.  As far as watering goes, this year drip irrigation was added and these get watered via the system three times a week for 20 minutes. We also fertilize twice a month with water soluble fertilizer such as BR61.  Maybe the most commonly asked question is, ‘What is this stuff that looks like Spanish Moss?’  Find the answer below!

1.  Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’- There are both perennial and annual Euphorbia plants; Diamond Frost is an annual variety, great for adding a fine texture and light, airy feel to planters.  It works great as a filler or in this case as the top layer of a mixed planter.  There are two Diamond Frost plants in the top of each planter.

2. Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’- This is it, the most intriguing plant for most of our visitors!  You have most likely seen (and overlooked) this plant for years.  We carry it in small 4″ pots and it doesn’t look like much when it is young… just some silver leaves in a pot with runners growing over into other pots.  BUT once you use it, you will fall in love with it!  It’s a wonderful spiller for planters as you can see!  These are the long spanish moss looking runners that grow from the bottom of each basket; there are 9 on each side of each basket.

3. Calibrachoa Superbells ‘Dreamsicle’ (Million Bells)- Calibrachoa is a wonderful filler and spiller in container gardens or planters.  And there is a huge range of colors to choose from… white, purple, red, pinks and many striped colors too.  This orange color is bright and cheerful and as you can see, it really filled in nicely!

4.  Scavola spp. (Blue Fan Flower)- This is one of our go-to plants for containers and for landscape beds.  There are white, blueish, purple and darker purple colors of Scavola and we love them all.  This plant handles the summer well anywhere it’s planted; it can trail out of a planter or fill in on the ground.

5. Purslane ‘Rio Scarlet’- Talk about amazing!  Purslane plants are true givers, perfect for areas that don’t get much water.  Purslane blooms are only open during the day and close up at night, which is a neat little characteristic!

6. Purslane ‘Rio Yellow’ – Another yellow blooming, sun loving option would be Lantana but most of them grow very fast and can overtake other plants in a container.  Keep growth rate of your plants in mind as plants are chosen.

7. Calibrachoa ‘Cherry Pink’ (Million Bells)- Another delightful variety of Calibrachoa!

We know that a picture is worth a thousand words but seeing these in person is even better… so come visit The Good Earth soon!