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10 plants for hanging baskets

Discover 10 of the best plants for summer hanging baskets.

Hanging baskets are an essential part of the summer garden. They add long-lasting colour, height and interest to patios, doorways and balconies.

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The best plants for hanging baskets are tender perennials and annuals that have been bred to flower for a long time, providing a bright splash of colour all summer long. It’s a good idea to combine upright plants with those that trail, softening the edges and creating a full effect. Choose a colour scheme when choosing your plants for a more co-ordinated look.

There are many styles of hanging basket to choose from. Be sure to use good quality, fresh compost and water-retaining granules. Watch our video guide to creating a hanging basket.

From calibrachoas to lobelias, here are some beautiful plants for hanging baskets, whatever look you’re going for. Put your hanging basket up in late spring, after all risk of frost has passed, for a long-lasting summer display.

The best plants for hanging baskets are tender perennials and annuals that have been bred to flower for a long time.

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Calibrachoa

Calibrachoa are tender perennials that are grown as annuals. Their trumpet-like flowers come in a wide range of colours, including purple, pink, red, yellow, orange and white. They trail beautifully over the edge of a basket. There is no need to deadhead calibrachoa. Try our calibrachoa, verbena and begonia hanging basket.

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Lobelia

Lobelia erinus is a popular bedding plant for baskets and summer containers. It comes in a range of colours, including white, purple, pink and brilliant shades of blue. Grow in full sun, don’t let the compost dry out, and feed regularly. There’s no need to deadhead.

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Cape daisies

Cape daisies (Osteospermum) come in a range of colours, from lemon yellow to magenta. They flower for ages in a sunny spot and are drought tolerant. They are tender perennials, so if you can safely overwinter them, they will flower the following year. Try our osteospermum, petunia and verbena hanging basket.

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Diascia

Diascia are long-flowering tender perennials in shades of white, pink and salmon. They have a slightly lax habit so are ideal for hanging baskets. Cut back after flowering to encourage more blooms. Grow in a sunny spot. Find out how to create a diascia and petunia hanging basket.

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Begonia

Begonias are a great choice for a hanging basket in a shady spot. ‘Inferno’ is especially spectacular, and is worthy of being grown on its own in a basket for long-lasting colour. Try our begonia and campanula hanging basket.

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Pelargonium

There are many different types of pelargonium, from zonal pelargoniums to regal pelargoniums. All make good subjects for hanging baskets. Give them a sunny spot and deadhead to keep the blooms coming. Try our pelargonium, nemesia and diascia hanging basket.

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Petunia

Petunias are very popular bedding plants and popular plants for hanging baskets. They come in a very wide range of colours, from white to dark purple; some are bi-coloured. The ‘Tumbelina’ series (pictured) has double, ruffled blooms. Grow in a sunny spot.

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Tomatoes

Baskets can be edible as well as attractive. Cherry tomatoes (bush varieties) grow well in hanging baskets – try ‘Losetto’, shown, which has the advantage of being blight-resistant, or ‘Hundreds and Thousands’. Grow in a sunny spot and feed regularly. Discover five cherry tomatoes to grow.

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Strawberries

Strawberries make great container plants and look lovely in hanging baskets – pretty white or pink flowers give way to luscious red fruits. Growing them this way means they aren’t attacked by slugs or snails. Feed regularly and grow in a sunny spot. Find out how to make a strawberry hanging basket.

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Creeping Jenny

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ (creeping Jenny) has small, yellow flowers but is mostly grown for its golden foliage, which trails over the edge of a basket and sets off other, more showy flowering plants. Grow in sun or part shade.

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Other plants to try

  • Bacopa – this pretty trailing plant has masses of small, white flowers
  • Ivy – a useful trailing evergreen. It’s hardy so can stay in the basket when the tender plants have been removed
  • Verbena – a hanging basket staple, bearing small flowers in a range of colours
  • Nemesia – similar in appearance to diascias in a wide range of colours