14 Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets

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These Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets make a perfect sense for forgetful gardeners with small spaces!

People who are living in an apartment are always looking for plant options that are easy to maintain and can be grown in a limited space. If you are one of those, this list is curated especially for you!

Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets

1. String of Pearls

Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets

Botanical Name: Senecio rowleyanus

A great choice for beginners, this drought-tolerant succulent is famous for its trailing nature, which makes it the best fit for hanging baskets. Once watered well, it will go on for a few weeks before asking for moisture again.

2. Burro’s Tail

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Botanical Name: Sedum morganianum

Burro’s tail is another option that you can consider growing in hanging baskets to show off its thick blue-green leaves. Although this perennial can tolerate drought conditions well, it is important that you water it occasionally.

3. Ivy Geranium

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Botanical Name: Pelargonium peltatum

The trailing habit of Ivy Geranium makes it ideal for hanging baskets, window boxes, and other containers. These drought-tolerant plants can also be used in mixed plantings, or as trailing accents in combination with other annuals or perennials.

4. Creeping Jenny

Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets indoor

Botanical Name: Lysimachia nummularia

Moneywort or Creeping Jenny, a drought-tolerant plant, is often used as a ground cover. All it needs is bright indirect light all day long, and it will go on for 8-10 days without water after moistening the soil.

5. English Ivy

Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets indoor

Botanical Name: Hedera helix

Another evergreen and drought-tolerant perennial that takes drought like a champ is English Ivy. Growing it in hanging basket is one of the best ways to limit its aggressive spread, while making its leaves dangle down beautifully.

6. Spider Plant

Beautiful Drought Tolerant Plants in baskets

Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum

Spider plant is an excellent choice for hanging baskets. With incredibly easy propagation methods, you can have many of them around the house where they can bask in indirect light all day long. Watering once in 8-12 days is what the plant needs.

7. Creeping Rosemary

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Botanical Name: Salvia rosmarinus ‘Prostratus’

Rosemary is quite famous for its drought tolerant nature, and indoors, it can even go for a longer duration of time without water. Creeping ones trail down beautifully with their twigs cascading down upto 2-3 feet, each!

8. Moss Rose

Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets indoor

Botanical Name: Portulaca grandiflora

Another colorful and drought-tolerant annual plant that can be easily grown in hanging baskets is the tiny succulent, Moss Rose. The main attraction are is its cup-like flowers that usually bloom in the morning and close in the afternoon.

9. African Daisies

Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets outdoor

Botanical Name: Gazania

These plants have daisy-like flower  with bright orange, yellow, red, pink, or white ray florets surrounding a dark central disk. Gazanias are drought and heat-tolerant, making them a great pick for a forgetful gardener.

10. Summer Snapdragon

Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets outdoor garden

Botanical Name: Angelonia

With their combined heat and drought tolerance, these flowers are a great addition to summer gardens. They produce spikes of snapdragon-like flowers in shades of white, purple, lavender, or pink.

11. Lantana

Beautiful Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets

Botanical Name: Lantana

Lantanas are one of the best drought tolerant plants, and can go on for weeks once you have watered them well. They bloom in striking shades of yellow, orange, and red—the flowers are a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies.

12. Ornamental Oregano

Drought Tolerant Plants for Hanging Baskets in garden

Botanical Name: Origanum rotundifolium

If you want a plant that can be a used in the kitchen, how about hanging it on a sunny windowsill there? It needs plenty of sunlight to thrive well, and its edible leaves can be used in salads. Do note that it’s not as tasty as Greek oregano​!

13. Love-Lies-Bleeding

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Botanical Name: Amaranthus caudatus

This one is another beautiful contender for the amazing display of hanging flowers. You have to keep it in bright light for more blooms, and it won’t mind going on for a few days once you have watered it well.

14. Ballyi Snake Plant

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Botanical Name: Sansevieria ballyi

We bet you never imagined a snake plant growing like a typical cascading specimen, right? Well, some of its varieties are great for this job, but ballyi outshines them all! And we all know how drought tolerant these beauties are!

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