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Tomato and parsley hanging basket

You will need

  • Cherry tomato plant, e.g. 'Tumbling Tom'
  • Parsley plant
  • Black-eyed Susan, Thunbergia alata
  • Hanging basket with liner
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Chunks of polystyrene


For a pretty mix of vegetables, herbs and flowers, pot up a hanging basket with cherry tomatoes, parsley and yellow, orange and cream-coloured black-eyed Susan.

Plant it: May
At its best: July - September
Takes just: 45 minutes

How to do it:


Fully laden with fruit, the tomato plant will be quite heavy, so make sure the basket is hung from a strong bracket. Put the bracket and basket somewhere sunny so the tomatoes will ripen well.


To help reduce its weight, fill the bottom of the basket with polystyrene chunks. Top up with compost. Plant the black-eyed Susan and tomato plant near the edge, and tuck the parsley between them.


Water daily - or twice a day if the weather is very hot or windy - and feed with tomato food once a week. If frost is forecast in May, bring the basket under cover.

Our tip

Pick the tomatoes as they ripen to encourage the plant to produce more fruit. Over the summer, trim away any leaves that shade ripening tomatoes.

Pick parsley leaves when young for the best flavour.

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mhairip 24/11/2011 at 15:28

i live in a flat in london and only have windowsills. i have been desperate for ideas on how to grow vegetables, and which varities to grow. strawberries did well. this article has been very useful, but i was wondering if it would be possible to adapt the idea for a pot rather than a hanging basket? thanks !

ken_barnett 23/03/2012 at 14:55

Can I replace the black eyed susan with nasturtiums, I would like to pickle their seeds

Garden Maniac 18/05/2012 at 22:10

Hi -
From experience,you can grow these anywhere, really - I have a garden with dogs, so nothing can be low level - I have had success with pots bags and baskets, up to and including beefsteak tomatoes and all my veg are in bags, pots or planters, with the same effect. If they are started inside and well established, they will grow happily in whatever you choose to grow them in. They are quite tough really! Hope this helps! Jules

Garden Maniac 18/05/2012 at 22:13

PS - try tumbling toms - in pots or baskets, they are great and low maintenance and produce masses of fruit!

chriswall 15/05/2014 at 22:41

Great planting idea, but I love tomatoes with basil, so I'm going to give that a try. Pick and serve with mozarella!