13 Beautiful Flowers That Drape Down Like Waterfalls

Flowers that drape down their containers have their own appeal. They look like tiny waterfalls, falling gracefully and hiding the sharp container edges beneath their soft waves. If you plan to have hanging baskets or window boxes, you may want to learn more about these varieties.

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These flowers include creeping zinnias, joy weed, licorice plants, mandevillas, ivy geraniums, million bells, and creeping jennys.

If you want to learn more about flowers that drape down for your mini garden, you’ll find everything you need to know below!

1.  Ivy Geranium

Out of all beautiful geranium variants, ivy geraniums are your go-to for a trailing effect. They grow up to five feet long, draping over their containers when they’re old enough.

These flowers start blooming in the spring, and they keep flowering until the first frost of the year appears. They’re often grown in window boxes or hanging baskets because of their growth form.

Keep in mind that ivy geraniums are toxic, though mildly, to humans, cats, and dogs. So, if you have a pet, you’d want to keep the draping flowers out of reach.

2.  Creeping Snapdragon

Creeping Snapdragon is native to Mexico, which explains why it thrives in the hot weather. It blooms trumpet-shaped flowers from May until late fall, and it drapes down like its life depends on it.

Unlike garden snapdragon, creeping snapdragon grows with the flowers pointing downwards. That’s why it’s a perfect match for hanging baskets and containers.

Snapdragon flowers need complete exposure to the sun to survive, but they also need to spend some of their days in partial shade. Their soil needs to be rich, loamy, and well-drained to avoid root rot.

The plant is mainly resistant to pests, so you don’t have to worry about it. However, keep in mind that it may grow to cover the plants around it, so be mindful of your choices.

3.  Licorice Plant

Nope, the licorice plant isn’t called like that because it’s used to make the candy. It actually has that name because some of its varieties smell like licorice, but it’s still not edible.

The licorice plant grows vertically initially; then, the stems trail down to create the draping down effect. It’s a perennial in some areas and is even labeled invasive when it grows in undisturbed habitats.

For the licorice plant to grow, it needs exposure to full sun. Additionally, its soil should be well-drained to avoid root rot.

This plant has a light green color that matches any bright flowers you decide to add. It provides a nice neutral theme for your garden.

4.  Creeping Zinnia

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If you don’t want the responsibility that comes with growing perennial plants, you can always resort to a good old annual that only blooms for one season. Creeping zinnias only bloom for one season, and they grow exceptionally fast.

A few weeks after seeding, you’ll see the first flower blooming.

These flowers can grow as a groundcover or in hanging baskets. When they grow far enough, they start draping down, true to their name.

For creeping zinnias to grow, they need to be exposed to full sun or partial shade. Their soil should also be well-drained to avoid root rot.

Since they grow in a bright yellow color, zinnias would match well with colors on the other end of the spectrum. They’d look nice next to purple flowers.

5.  Dichondra Silver Falls

Dichondra silver falls are nothing short of magical. The plant grows in tiny flowers shaped like hearts, glowing in a bright silver color that looks like something out of the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

The silver falls grow quite fast, and their stems get too long, so it’s preferable to grow them in hanging baskets. They provide a nice neutral color to an otherwise bright color palette of flowers. You can match it with any other draping flower, and it’ll fit nicely.

These silver falls need complete exposure to sun to bring out their color. Their soil needs to be well-drained and moderately moist. It better be dry than wet or soggy.

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6.  Joseph’s Coat

Joseph’s coat, or joy weed, grows tall and eventually tumbles down to cover its container. It’s a low-maintenance plant that can grow indoors and outdoors.

It should be kept indoors in the winter because it doesn’t prefer the cold. Then, you can transplant them outside when the cold season ends.

Joy weed can be used as a groundcover, thanks to its rapid, spread-out growth. It needs total sun exposure to survive, along with moist, well-draining soil.

7.  Trailing Petunia

Petunias will be an excellent choice for your garden if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands to care for a plant.

They don’t need a lot of care, and they grow exceptionally fast. So, you’ll have them draped over their containers in no time.

These flowers need rich, well-drained soil to survive. They should spend half their days in full sun, and partial shade is okay for the rest of the day. You don’t have to worry about the weather because petunias are tolerant of both heat and drought.

If you’re looking for flowers that match petunias well, you can grow them alongside daisies, lobelias, and asters.

8.  Creeping Jenny

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Creeping jenny is one of the most famous trailing plants. It’s also an evergreen plant, so its leaves keep growing season after season without dying.

If you already have some containers with draping flowers, the bright green color of creeping jenny will add some balance to the color palette. However, it needs to be grown next to tall flowers, or it’ll quickly smother them down.

It can also be grown as a groundcover because of its widespread growth.

Creeping jenny needs total sun exposure to thrive, but it can survive in partial shade. Its soil should be loamy and well-draining. Clay soil is a good choice for it.

9.  Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum grows aggressively, and it’s even labeled invasive in some US areas. However, it mainly grows in the fall and winter, and the flowers fade when the hot season starts.

You can use sweet alyssum as a groundcover because it grows like a carpet. If you grow it in a container, it’ll drape down in tiny, four-petal flowers. You’ll also have a better chance of seeing it bloom in the summer if you give it water regularly.

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10.  Trailing Fuchsia

Fuchsia is a favorite of many gardeners for a reason. It’s beautiful, low-maintenance, and, more importantly, drought-tolerant. The trailing varieties of Fuschia would make an excellent addition to your mini garden.

They grow draping down like chandeliers, which is why they’re a common choice for hanging baskets.

Trailing fuchsias don’t need complete exposure to the sun; they thrive under partial shade. As for their soil, it should be well-drained and moist all the time.

These flowers attract hummingbirds like moths to a flame, so be prepared to have plenty of the tiny birds in your garden if you decide to plant fuchsias.

11.  Mandevilla

Mandevilla, or rock trumpets, are climbing flowers that bloom in the summer. They thrive in warm climates, and they’d be an excellent choice for a hanging basket or an outdoor container.

While these flowers are essentially climbers, they start draping down when they grow, creating the trailing effect you’re aiming at.

Depending on your zone, you can grow Mandevilla as perennials, which means you won’t have to replant them each season.

These flowers need full sun exposure and partial shade. Their soil should be moist without drying out, or else the flowers won’t be able to climb. It should also be well-draining.

12.  Million Bells

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Million bells are among the best choices for hanging baskets because of their growth form. The plant drapes down because it’s a fast grower, and its stems are flexible enough to bend.

Million bells are best known for their bright colors that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. They’re best planted in the spring, and they keep blooming until the winter comes around.

For million bells to thrive, they need full sun exposure or partial shade. Their soil should also be rich and well-drained, like most trailing flowers.

13.  Blue Star Creeper

Blue star creepers are commonly used as groundcover, but they’re also an excellent choice for containers and hanging baskets. They overgrow, spreading over broad areas. They’ll drape down their container beautifully if you leave them to grow.

These creepers are perennials, which means they renew their growth each season. Their flowers show from late spring and may stay there until the early fall.

Although they look delicate, blue star creepers can tolerate challenging weather conditions.

Final Thoughts

Who doesn’t love flowers that drape down?

They look beautiful in hanging baskets, window boxes, or outdoor containers. With their curtain-like growth, they’d transform your mini garden into a waterfall.

Make sure to choose colors that go well together, like yellow and purple or green and pink. You should also be mindful of the flower choices in case you intend to plant an invasive species or a plant that’s too tall.