The Top 9 Plants For Hanging Baskets

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Looking for some classy hanging basket styles to make your garden more beautiful? We have some of the greatest options for hanging baskets. These flashy displays are actually making a comeback, and the reason is obvious.

Hanging baskets are a quick and enjoyable way to add a lot of colour and texture to a garden or yard, and they may be hung from a pergola, wall bracket, or even a strong tree branch. Best of all, they require no ground area, making them ideal for urban gardens with limited room. 

However, before you begin, you may be curious as to which plants make the greatest selections for hanging baskets. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best flowers and plants for hanging baskets.


A hanging basket filled with fuchsias is a sight to behold. They are hardy, don’t need much care to reach their full capacity, and can fill a basket without much effort. Moreover, these exotic-looking blooms are a lovely addition to any indoor or outdoor space.

Fuchsias can be a great option since they may be grown year after year; this is because they are perennials. However, fuchsias are only half-hardy, so knowing how to overwinter them is essential in chilly locations. 



You’ve probably thought about growing petunias in a hanging basket if you’ve ever contemplated that project. They are one of the most classic plants you may put in a hanging basket.

Petunias come in such a wide variety of hues that it’s not hard to select one that works with the rest of your garden. Petunias come in a wide variety of shapes, and patterns, from frilly double blooms to velvety black tones. And they’re very productive; a healthy petunia plant will produce many flowers throughout the summer.

During the summer, you should water and feed them once every week. If you want your plant to look better and have more blooms, you should remove the dead blossoms as soon as possible.


Classic for use in hanging baskets, verbena comes in a variety of colours, especially pinks and purples. You can use a tall, slender verbena as a “thriller” plant in a hanging basket, or you can select a trailing variety to cascade over the edge.

Keep in mind that verbena requires a lot of suns in order to grow properly.



These puffy flowers, sometimes known as pinks, are remarkably resilient perennials. However, they only last a few years before they need to be replaced. They may successfully be cultivated from cuttings, which is excellent news.

Dianthus has a really pleasant aroma, which is perhaps its most selling point. According to gardening expert Leigh Clapp of Period Living, “the very fragrant delicate dianthus is redolent of spicy cloves and vanilla.”

Dianthus can be grown when you have a full bright sun shining over your head or partial shade and then pruned in the fall.


Osteospermums, often known as African daisies, are hardy perennials that thrive in sunny, south-facing locations despite their natural drought tolerance. Newer types have been cultivated with a trailing habit, making them perfect for hanging baskets, and they form lovely balls of colour.

The 45cm-trailing Osteospermum ‘Falling StarsTM’ is the first of its kind, which is a cascading variety of the African daisy. These vibrant flowers, which come in a tricolour combination, are a great choice for summer hanging baskets because of their long vase life. 

With a mature height of 30 centimetres, Osteospermum ‘Purple Sun’ is another colourful option for your flower baskets. These vibrant blooms, which appear from June to October, are deserving of their position on the 2019 Chelsea Plant of the Year shortlist.

Sweet Alyssum

Sweet alyssum can be used to produce a cloud on its own in a hanging basket, or it can be combined with other plants to smooth out a more complex arrangement.

According to Whittlesey, “sweet alyssum has gorgeous petite white or purple tiny blossoms and is quite fragrant.”

Plants are typically planted as annuals because they are not frost-hardy while being rather resilient and easy to grow.


Begonias, a classic choice for hanging baskets, produce showy flowers all summer long. It’s important to water regularly, but you should take special care not to soak the leaves. They thrive in full or partial sunlight and have a weekly potassium-rich diet (tomato fertiliser works well).

The ‘Million Kisses’ variety, a bunch of trailing show-stoppers in vivid colours of red, orange, and white, with dark foliage, is highly recommended by the experts at Perrywood Garden Centre(opens in new tab). Not only are they beautiful, but their growth rate rivals that of any other begonia.

Double-flowered begonias are abundant, and some even have a lovely fragrance. The refined “Non-Stop Joy Mocca White” tone is perfect for a minimalistic setting.



There is a delicate flower called bacopa, and it does best in partial shade and doesn’t enjoy the hot afternoon heat.

A soft trailing impression is created by the plants, and blossoms appear from summer to fall. As a rule, they require little care; deadheading isn’t required but can boost flowering.

Make sure not to overwater the plant, but at the same time, the soil shouldn’t be in a dry state. 


Hanging baskets filled with geraniums are a common sight because of the plants’ widespread appeal.

They come in a wide range of hues, making them a versatile plant choice for sprucing up any space, and they can flower throughout the year if given adequate water, sunlight, and fertiliser. As hardy perennials, geraniums are a smart pick for carefree hanging baskets. Hanging basket geraniums are annuals and are linked to the hardier pelargoniums, another favourite hanging basket plant.

When it comes to hanging basket plants, ivy leaf geraniums are a favourite of Sears’. Indoor geraniums thrive in bright, indirect light, such as that provided by a window.

The Right Time to Start Hanging Baskets

It’s best to get a head start on summer hanging baskets in the spring so the plants have time to get established before the heat of the season sets in.

Keep them in a greenhouse or conservatory until the danger of frost has passed.

If you don’t have a protected space for your hanging baskets, wait until the last frost of spring to plant them. The plants for winter hanging baskets work the best when you start them in autumn. 

Author: Eleanor

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