Check out this Hanging Baskets Web page by Louisiana Extension for great ideas and tips for hanging baskets in the south. It includes information on many types of baskets and suggestions for flower and foliage plants that are good choices for baskets.
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Batface cuphea (Cuphea llavea) is a drought-tolerant annual that loves a sunny exposure. It has a prostrate growth habit, reaching a little over a foot high and several feet in width under good conditions. Batface cuphea is well suited for a landscape bed, hanging basket, or container. The plant blooms from spring to frost, bearing tiny, elongated, purple and red blossoms that resemble a bat's face. This unusual flowering plant does well with minimal care and is not prone to insect or disease problems.