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The Best Trailing Plants

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Trailing plants, cascading plants, or spiller plants. No matter what you call them, these lovely growers are eye-catching and give an added element to plantings. Whether spreading out on the ground in the landscape, flowing over the side of a container, or the final spiller in a hanging basket, trailing plants are a must have for gardeners!

Dichondra Silver Falls

dichondra silver falls hanging down brick wall
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Though this beauty can certainly be used in containers as well, Dichondra silver falls is a gorgeous perennial ground cover. And its versatility means it can also be grown indoors. To learn more: Click Here


bacopa with white blooms and dark green leaves
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Perfect in a basket or in the landscape itself, bacopa brings a bright pop of color in a small package. Don’t worry about this one taking over your basket or flower bed. To learn more: Click here.

Golden Creeping Jenny

golden creeping jenny cascading down the back of a bench
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A beautiful ground cover that produces buttery yellow blooms in the summer, this perennial (in many zones) can even withstand a bit of foot traffic. Perfect for hanging baskets, draping itself over edges, or laying beneath shrubbery, golden creeping jenny is a hardy and lovely addition to flower beds. It can be invasive if not kept under control. To learn more: Click here

Ground Morning Glory

Convolvulus sabatius with blue blooms
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Non-invasive and able to withstand high heat, convolvulus sabatius is a lovely ground cover or container addition. With beautiful foliage and blue blooms that are sure to impress, this lovely plant will soon be a favorite. To learn more: Click here

Creeping Thyme

creeping thyme with bright purple blooms
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A ground cover or trailing plant that’s edible? Yes! Creeping thyme is wonderful for covering any ground that needs it, and its hardiness and purple blooms make it a vibrant, and useful, addition to the home landscape.To learn more: Click here

Sweet Potato Vine

sweet potato vine and red blooms in a hanging basket
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This hardy colorful vine is not fit to be eaten, but it is simply beautiful. It’s a favorite spiller for many containers, including my own, and it can handle sun to part shade. To learn more: Click here

Wave Petunia

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This colorful favorite of nurseries and gardeners alike is a showstopper! With bold and bright colors and very little maintenance, the wave petunia is a trailing flower that is impressive and a delight! To learn more: Click here


Verbena purple perennial flowers with many small flowers
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These showy blooms come in a range of colors including purple, white, pink, and blue and are similar in shape to those on the creeping phlox. And while verbena can be used in the landscape, they are a wonderful addition to any container garden. To learn more: Click here

Ivy Geraniums

red ivy geraniums flowing from a window box
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Though only really gaining in popularity in the United States in recent years, ivy geraniums have long graced the window boxes and containers of European homes. This show stopping and easy to maintain plant gives bright and bold color much like its well-loved cousin. To learn more: Click here

Fan Flower

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Just like the name implies, the blooms of the Scaevola form an intriguing fan shape and can be found in purple, white, pink, and blue. Preferring full to part sun, this Australian-native can tolerate warm temps and will bloom most of the summer.To learn more: Click here