10 plants for hanging baskets

10 plants for hanging baskets

Discover 10 of the best plants for summer hanging baskets.

Hanging baskets add long-lasting colour, height and interest to patios, doorways and balconies. The best plants for hanging baskets are tender perennials and annuals that have been bred to flower for a long time, providing a splash of colour all summer long.

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How to create a hanging basket at home

There are many styles of hanging basket to choose from. Use a lightweight, peat-free potting compost and mix in slow-release fertiliser granules and water-retaining gel, before planting. Plant it up with a mixture of upright and trailing plants, in complementary colours, for a complete, co-ordinated look. Put your hanging basket up in late spring, after all risk of frost has passed, for a long-lasting summer display.

More on planting hanging baskets:

From calibrachoas to lobelias, browse our list of beautiful plants for hanging baskets, whatever look you’re going for.


Top 10 hanging basket plants

1

Calibrachoa

10 plants for hanging baskets - Calibrachoa
10 plants for hanging baskets – Calibrachoa

Calibrachoa are tender perennials, usually grown as annuals. Their trumpet-like flowers come in a wide range of colours, including purple, pink, red, yellow, orange and white. Trailing plants, they’re perfect for planting at the edge of a basket, where their blooms can spill over. There is no need to deadhead calibrachoa.

Calibrachoa, verbena and begonia hanging basket recipe


2

Lobelia

10 plants for hanging baskets - Lobelia
10 plants for hanging baskets – Lobelia

Lobelia erinus is a popular bedding plant for hanging 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.


3

Cape daisies

10 plants for hanging baskets - cape daisy
10 plants for hanging baskets – cape daisy

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.

Osteospermum, petunia and verbena hanging basket recipe


4

Diascia

10 plants for hanging baskets - diascia
10 plants for hanging baskets – diascia

Diascia are long-flowering tender perennials in shades of white, pink and salmon. They have a slightly relaxed growth habit so are ideal for hanging baskets. Cut back after flowering to encourage more blooms.

Diascia and petunia hanging basket recipe


5

Begonia

10 plants for hanging baskets - begonia
10 plants for hanging baskets – 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.

Begonia and campanula hanging basket recipe


6

Pelargonium

10 plants for hanging baskets - pelargonium
10 plants for hanging baskets – 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.

Pelargonium, nemesia and diascia hanging basket recipe


7

Petunia

10 plants for hanging baskets - petunia
10 plants for hanging baskets – petunia

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

Osteospermum, petunia and verbena hanging basket recipe


8

Tomatoes

10 plants for hanging baskets - tomatoes
10 plants for hanging baskets – tomatoes

Edible plants add an additional wow factor to hanging baskets. Cherry tomatoes (bush varieties) grow well in hanging baskets – try ‘Losetto’, pictured, which has the advantage of being blight-resistant, or ‘Hundreds and Thousands’. Grow in a sunny spot and feed regularly.

Tomato hanging basket recipe


9

Strawberries

10 plants for hanging baskets - strawberries
10 plants for hanging baskets – strawberries

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

Strawberry hanging basket recipe


10

Creeping Jenny

10 plants for hanging baskets - creeping Jenny
10 plants for hanging baskets – 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 hanging baskets and sets off other, more showy flowering plants. Grow in sun or part shade.

Other hanging basket plants to try

10 plants for hanging baskets - other hanging basket plants to try
10 plants for hanging baskets – other hanging basket plants to try
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  • 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