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IN THIS GUIDE

  • 1) Petunia
  • 2) Begonia
  • 3) Fuchsia
  • 4) Sweet Pea
  • 5) Million Bells
  • 6) Geranium
  • 7) Lantana
  • 8) Black Eye Susan
  • 9) Lobelia
  • 10) Nasturtium
  • 11) Portulaca
  • 12) Lotus Vine
  • 13) Sweet Alyssum
  • 14) Viola
  • 15) Pansy
  • 16) Primrose
  • 17) Tomatoes
  • 18) Tulips
  • 19) Fairy rose
  • 20) Verbena
  • 21) Lavender
  • 22) Clematis
  • 23) Spider Plant
  • 24) Diascia
  • 25) Impatiens
  • 26) Million Hearts
  • 27) Ivy
  • FAQs
  • How many plants do you put in a hanging basket?
  • When should you start hanging baskets?
  • How do you look after hanging baskets?

Whether they’re mounted on a fence, suspended from a trellis, or bordering your doorway, hanging baskets are one of the most stylish ways to display plants in your garden and provide interest at eye level.

So what should you plant in them? There are hundreds of species that are suitable to be grown in hanging baskets, ranging from colourful flowers and bedding plants – to shrubs, evergreens and trailing climbers.

You can stick to one genus of plants, or you can plant a mixture, to achieve a more varied and multi-coloured look.

If you’re doing this, you should also take into account the different flowering periods and care requirements for each of your plants.

According to a study by researchers at the University of Kentucky, the best plants for hanging baskets include Geraniums, Fuchsia, Begonia, Calibrachoa (Million Bells), Impatiens, Petunia and Verbena. [source]

We cover each of these below in more detail, as well as twenty other choices.

1) Petunia

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Petunias are one of the most popular flowers to plant in hanging baskets – and for good reason.

These pretty flowers bloom well, and come in a wide range of colours, from pink and purple, to yellow and black.

Cascading varieties such as Surfinia will fill and flow over the edge of baskets, creating a full look.

Trailing petunias are easy to care for – just hang basketsin locations with full sunlight, water frequently, and make sure the basket hasat least one hole for drainage.

2) Begonia

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If your hanging baskets are in a partially shaded location, begonias can make for an excellent choice.

Begonia ‘Million Kisses’ series is a semi-trailing variety, ideally suited to hanging basket growth.

These autumnal-coloured flowers will bloom throughout summer and into autumn.

Be careful not to overwater your begonias, as they are susceptible to root rot.

3) Fuchsia

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Bright pink and purple fuchsias are another popular choice.

They flower continuously from mid-summer until the first frosts, and their pendant-shaped blooms will give your hanging baskets a tropical look.

Choose a small, hardy variety, and plant in your basket in early summer.

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Keep them in a sunny or partially shaded location, and water the soil every 2-3 weeks to keep it moist, but not waterlogged.

4) Sweet Pea

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Most sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are annual climbing vines, with small, showy flowers that are known for their sweet scent.

Dwarf climbing varieties are the best choice for hanging baskets – their trailing vines will cascade over the sides.

Sweet peas prefer full sun or dappled shade.

Make sure to deadhead them regularly throughout the growing season, to encourage new flowers.

5) Million Bells

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The ‘Million Bells’ series are trailing annuals from the Calibrachoa genus.

Their small, petunia-like flowers range from pink to yellow to blue and grow densely and abundantly throughout summer and autumn.

They can thrive in hanging baskets, as long as they have good drainage, and prefer a sunny, sheltered location.

Million Bells are generally pest-free.

6) Geranium

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Fill your hanging pots or baskets with bold geraniums (Pelargonium) to add a splash of bright colour to the exterior of your home.

These evergreen perennials can have red, pink, purple, orange or white flowers.

Geraniums love the warmth and will thrive best in a sunny spot.

They do not fair well in frost, so you will either need to bring them inside over winter or replace them each year.

7) Lantana

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Lantana can be an evergreen or perennial shrub and is characterised by its wrinkly leaves and clusters of small flowers approximately 1cm wide.

It grows well in hanging baskets and containers, providing they have good access to sunlight, and the soil is kept moist, but well-drained.

Bring it inside or into a greenhouse during winter, to protect it from frost.

8) Black Eye Susan

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Black Eye Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) gets its name from the dark brown conical disk at the centre of its orange or yellow flowers.

This climbing vine flowers in late summer and early autumn, so plant it alongside an earlier-flowering plant if you want your basket to bloom for a longer.

9) Lobelia

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Lobelia is an annual flowering plant with neat, compact foliage, and flowers that are usually blue, purple or white.

It grows best in hanging baskets that are in full sunlight and prefers moist but well-drained soil.

Add a liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks during the flowering period to encourage growth.

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10) Nasturtium

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Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is an annual climber with simple lobed leaves and funnel-shaped flowers of red, orange or yellow.

It makes a great trailing plant in a hanging basket.

Grow in full sunlight and poor soil for the best results, as too many nutrients will encourage the growth of foliage, instead of flowers.

11) Portulaca

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Portulaca is known for its needle-like foliage, as well as its colourful, cup-shaped flowers.

Other names for it include rose moss and sun plant – it’s not surprising then that it prefers the sun.

Place it in a south-facing location, and the tropical blooms in red, pink, purple and yellow will add a summery feel to your garden.

12) Lotus Vine

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Lotus vine is also called fire vine, or parrot’s beak, thanks to its unusually-shaped red and orange flowers.

A member of the pea family Fabaceae, this trailing vine makes a great addition to a hanging basket, where it will cascade over the edge.

The blooms are short-lived, but the fine, bluish-green foliage is attractive in itself.

13) Sweet Alyssum

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Another trailing plant that looks fabulous cascading from a hanging basket is sweet alyssum.

Thread the shoots of this bushy plant carefully through the slits in your hanging basket to create a more full-bodied effect.

The plant produces racemes of small and fragrant flowers, that will enrich your outside space.

14) Viola

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Viola can be annuals, biennials or perennials, and feature clumps of distinctive, 5-petalled flowers.

Colours range from blue and purple, to yellow and pink, often with a contrasting eye.

These are another sweet-smelling flower, so perfect for placing in hanging baskets at nose level.

Grow in nutrient-rich, moist soil, with good drainage.

15) Pansy

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Part of the viola genus, pansies are another highly popular choice for hanging baskets in the UK.

These annual flowering plants flower profusely and produce blooms in a wide range of colours – deadhead regularly to prolong flowering.

They’re also a good option for winter hanging baskets.

16) Primrose

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Primrose (Primula vulgaris) are a symbol of springtime and make a bright and uplifting addition to your garden.

The flowers are usually yellow and form in clusters on leaf rosettes.

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They are vulnerable to pests, including aphids, slugs and glasshouse red spider mite, so make sure to keep a close eye on them.

17) Tomatoes

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Of course, it’s not only flowering plants that are suitable for hanging baskets – you can also grow herbs and edible plants, such as cherry tomatoes.

Place the tomato plant in the centre of the basket, and make sure to keep it well-watered.

Hang it in a sunny location in your garden (wait until May or June to plant, to avoid the risk of frost).

18) Tulips

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If you want to grow a larger flower in your hanging baskets, tulips are a great option.

These popular blooms produce vivid colours early in the year, so they’re suitable for winter hanging baskets – plant your bulbs in October or November, and your baskets will be filled with beautiful red and pink tulips come spring.

Grow in fertile soil, in a sunny location.

19) Fairy rose

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This pretty, pale pink dwarf rose variety is perfect if you want to include roses in your hanging basket, as the flowers grow in small sprays, and don’t reach more than 2.5cm wide.

For the best blooms, position your basket in full sun, plant in fertile soil, and apply liquid fertiliser in spring and summer.

20) Verbena

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Verbena can be annuals or perennials, and usually have small flowers with 5 petals, on toothed leaves.

The flowers come in a wide range of colours, from cool blues and purples to hot pinks and reds, as shown here.

They pair well with other plants in hanging baskets and will attract desirable pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, into your garden.

21) Lavender

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Upright lavender makes an excellent choice for the centre of a hanging basket.

This perennial plant is characterised by its purple flowers and distinctive fragrance – you can expect blooms from late spring until mid-summer.

Lavender is ideal for country cottages and modern gardens alike.

22) Clematis

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Clematis is a hugely popular plant for UK gardens and is suitable for hanging baskets.

There are many different varieties, each with different sizes, flower colours and flowering periods – it’s best to choose a small, compact variety for container growth.

23) Spider Plant

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Spider plants make for another popular and attractive hanging basket plant.

They are tender plants and are therefore usually grown inside as house plants, but they can be placed outside if the conditions are right.

Move your spider plant outside during periods of warm, dry weather, and then bring it inside when it gets cold.

24) Diascia

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Diascia’s cup-shaped flowers are usually various shades of pink, and make an excellent way to add colour to your garden during summer.

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They prefer full sun, so try to find them a south-facing spot, and keep soil moist, but well-drained.

25) Impatiens

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Impatiens produce sprays of spurred flowers in all colours.

They are easy to grow and can flourish in partially shaded locations, as long as they are sheltered from the wind.

Some protection from the rain is also appreciated, as the flowers are susceptible to grey mould in damp growing conditions.

26) Million Hearts

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With its cascading foliage, Million Hearts (Dischidia ruscifolia) will add lush greenery to your hanging basket display.

This is another one that fairs well in partial shade, and it’s also tolerant to drought, so you don’t need to panic if you forget to water it.

27) Ivy

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Last but not least, ivy makes a good-looking and easy addition to a hanging basket.

This climber grows well in a variety of conditions, including full sun and shade, and can tolerate most soil types.

The Pittsburgh cultivar is compact and particularly suited to container growth.

FAQs

How many plants do you put in a hanging basket?

How many plants to put in your hanging basket depends on the type and size of the plant.

As a general rule, for small plants, you should aim to plant one for every 2.5cm of basket diameter. For example, if you have a 20cm basket, aim for around 8 plants.

For larger plants, such as fuchsias and geraniums, you will only need half this amount.

When planting, place trailing plants around the edge of the basket, and carefully feed them through the slits on the side, whilst filling the centre with upright plants.

When should you start hanging baskets?

The best time to start a hanging basket depends on the types of plants you’re growing, and when they flower.

For summer flowering plants, you should aim to plant in mid to late spring, ideally after the last frosts have passed.

If more frosts occur after you’ve planted, you will need to protect your plants by bringing them inside or into a greenhouse. [source]

For winter hanging baskets, you can wait to plant until autumn, around September or October.

How do you look after hanging baskets?

You should look after your hanging baskets according to the requirements of the plants you’re growing in them.

Generally speaking, you should place them in a sunny, sheltered spot, and water regularly (as soon as the top of the compost feels dry).

Remember there is no need to overwater, your baskets should not drip excessively when watered. A team at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading found that this leads to poor quality plants. [source]

You can also add a liquid plant food every few weeks during the growing period. [source]

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Keep your plants looking their best by deadheading throughout the season, to encourage new flower growth.

FAQs

Which is most suitable for hanging baskets? ›

A: Plants that vine and drape are best suited for use with hanging baskets. Plants like Begonia, Fuchsias, Lobelia, lantana, Pelargonium, Million Bells, Petunia, Portulaca, Sweet Alyssum, and Lotus Vine are especially suited to hanging baskets.

How many plants can I put in a 20 hanging basket? ›

Plant spacing

A general rule of thumb when planting a hanging basket is to use one plant per inch of basket diameter - so 12 plants per 30cm (12") hanging basket. The only exception to this is when you use strong-growing plants such as Fuchsias and Geraniums (Pelargoniums).

What hanging plants last the longest? ›

What flowers last the longest in a hanging basket? There are many fabulous flowers that last all summer in a hanging basket, with some enduring into the fall. Some of the best to consider include calibrachoa, erigeron karvinskianus, fuchsias, geraniums and osteospermums.

How do you make a beautiful hanging basket? ›

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What do you put in the center of a hanging basket? ›

Choose an upright striking plant as your centrepiece which will continue to produce blooms right throughout the summer. Ideal plants include Geraniums, Fuchsias or Petunias. Next add your trailing plants around the edges teasing them over the rim of the basket so they are already heading in the right direction.

What to put in hanging baskets besides flowers? ›

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How do you organize plants in hanging baskets? ›

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When should I plant my hanging baskets? ›

When to plant a hanging basket. Plant summer hanging baskets from April onwards, but they will need protection from frost until the middle or end of May. If you do not have a greenhouse, it is usually easier to plant in situ once the frosts have passed.

What are the hardiest hanging baskets? ›

Pelargonium (Pelargonium domesticum) You may know these plants by the more common name of geranium, but pelargoniums are grown as annuals north of their hardiness zones, while true geraniums are hardy perennials. The bold texture, bright colors, and trailing habit of pelargoniums make them ideal for hanging baskets.

How often should I water my hanging plants? ›

During cooler spring or fall months, you may not need to water your hanging basket every day. However, when the temperatures start climbing up in the 25-40'C range, you will not only have to water everyday, you might have to water twice a day! Every time you water, you should make sure to completely saturate the soil.

Do geraniums do well in hanging baskets? ›

Geraniums are popular flowering plants specially suited for container gardening such as hanging baskets. With a little effort, care for your geraniums so they thrive not just this season, but past the dormancy phase into the next season as well.

Do marigolds do well in hanging baskets? ›

Create an impact; grow compact French marigolds in hanging baskets for a sunny, bright and colourful display at the front door. Stagger your plants; use the taller African marigolds in the middle or towards the back of a display to add height, interest and depth to your display.

How many plants should I put in a 14 hanging basket? ›

How many plants should I put in a standard Basket? For a 12” hanging basket (not including any side panels) 6-7 plants. For a 14” hanging basket (not including any side panels) 7-8 plants. For a 16” hanging basket (not including any side panels) 8-9 plants.

How many petunias should I put in a hanging basket? ›

It's easy to think you should really fill your basket but with Wave plants, we recommend planting about three plants per every ten inches of container. Planting too many petunias will mean that your plants begin competing for nutrients found in the soil.

Should I line my hanging basket with plastic? ›

Lining your hanging basket with plastic such as a bin liner or a plastic sheet works well as long as you can put some drainage holes in it. Without drainage holes, the water will pool at the bottom of your hanging basket and will cause issues like root rot and fungal diseases.

How many begonias are in a hanging basket? ›

A guideline for planting quantities:

3 tubers for a 12″ basket / pot. 5 tubers for a 14″ basket / pot. 7 tubers for a 16″ basket / pot.

How often should I feed my hanging baskets? ›

You should feed hanging baskets a maximum of once every two weeks. You can feed them more or less depending on the concentration of the fertilizer you are using. It's much better to feed them less than over-feed as you may kill the plants.

How long do hanging plants last? ›

Hanging baskets with annual plants will last up to a year while those with perennial plants will last for 3-5 years at least. You do need to maintain the plants with the right amount of water, sunlight, nutrients, and potting soil.

What to put in hanging baskets besides flowers? ›

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  4. Decorative Stones or Moss. ...
  5. Ornamental Plants. ...
  6. Faux Plants. ...
  7. Succulents.

How do you organize plants in hanging baskets? ›

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When should you plant hanging baskets? ›

When to plant a hanging basket. Plant summer hanging baskets from April onwards, but they will need protection from frost until the middle or end of May. If you do not have a greenhouse, it is usually easier to plant in situ once the frosts have passed.

What is the brown stuff in hanging baskets? ›

Brown coconut coir is a natural fiber made from the husk of ripe coconuts. This fiber is commonly used in a variety of products, like floor mats and brushes. One of the most popular products, however, is coconut fiber liners, which are commonly found and used in hanging baskets and planters.

Are hanging baskets Old Fashioned? ›

Hanging baskets are a traditional and charming way of decorating your home, but their old world style does not mean they are old fashioned. Positioned and cared for correctly, hanging baskets can bring a burst of color to both the outside and inside of your property.

Can geraniums grow in hanging baskets? ›

You don't have to plant geraniums in hanging baskets, but people do love that cascading look. You can actually create an entire living wall of geraniums by hanging them from baskets and pots.

How often should you water hanging baskets? ›

During cooler spring or fall months, you may not need to water your hanging basket every day. However, when the temperatures start climbing up in the 25-40'C range, you will not only have to water everyday, you might have to water twice a day! Every time you water, you should make sure to completely saturate the soil.

Do you put holes in hanging basket liner? ›

Plastic containers will usually have drainage holes, but if you've got a wicker basket with a plastic liner, you'll often need to punch your own holes in it. Plastic tubs will typically have drainage holes pre-drilled.

How many begonias are in a hanging basket? ›

A guideline for planting quantities:

3 tubers for a 12″ basket / pot. 5 tubers for a 14″ basket / pot. 7 tubers for a 16″ basket / pot.

Should I line my hanging basket with plastic? ›

Lining your hanging basket with plastic such as a bin liner or a plastic sheet works well as long as you can put some drainage holes in it. Without drainage holes, the water will pool at the bottom of your hanging basket and will cause issues like root rot and fungal diseases.

What height should a hanging basket be? ›

So, what height should hanging baskets be? Hanging baskets should be at a height below eye level. Most people are around 5 feet to 6 feet tall, so your hanging basket should be about 5 feet off the ground. This way you can enjoy the plant and be able to take care of it with ease.

What to feed hanging baskets? ›

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How many Wave petunias in a hanging basket? ›

It's easy to think you should really fill your basket but with Wave plants, we recommend planting about three plants per every ten inches of container. Planting too many petunias will mean that your plants begin competing for nutrients found in the soil.

Can you put marigolds in hanging baskets? ›

Create an impact; grow compact French marigolds in hanging baskets for a sunny, bright and colourful display at the front door. Stagger your plants; use the taller African marigolds in the middle or towards the back of a display to add height, interest and depth to your display.

How many impatiens are in a hanging basket? ›

Planting impatiens in a hanging basket

At Homestead Gardens, we plant 3 impatiens plugs into a 10″ hanging basket and the plants fill in very nicely. To care for an impatiens hanging basket you can keep it in the shade mostly. Impatiens' bright flower colors help to brighten up a porch or even under a tree.

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