The best plants and blooms for a beautiful hanging basket

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Best hanging basket plants

by Eleanor Weaver |
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If you're looking to make the most of your outdoor space, use a hanging basket and adorn it with colourful cascading flowers and trailing plants to create a beautiful and fragrant display. Perfect for beautifying the outside of your home, picking the right hanging basket plants can add different heights, dimensions, and make a spectacle of a once plain front porch, patio, or garden wall.

But what are the best hanging basket plants and how should you care for them? We've brought together a selection of our favourite plants and best buys to transform your garden and create modern and stylish floral arrangements.

Best hanging basket plants

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For a burst of vibrant colour, you can’t beat a two-tone Fuchsia. This trailing mix includes the

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Plant up your basket with a few bacopa plants and leave them to trail and wander for a stylishly

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This climber looks fab in a hanging planter with an abundance of large pink-mauve flowers from

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For a modern take, plant a mini shrub such as Euonymus Fortunei ‘Harlequin’ in the centre of your

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For blooms that come back next year, choose Impatiens or as you’ll probably know them, Busy

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Show off shapely trailing stems in a fab foliage basket. This Golden Creeping Jenny with

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If you're after a dazzling display, a Pelargonium, or Geranium, is a great choice with its large

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Keep it simple and so very stylish by growing just one type of trailing plant in your hanging

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Rather than fill your hanging pot to the max, pair it with one graceful plant such as this

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For fabulous, no-fuss flowers from May through to Oct-Nov, plant Petunias. Their velvety blooms

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Flowering June through to October, this bestselling

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With flowers in an intense shade of magenta-purple, Lobelia is a wonderful choice for jazzing up

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Spice up your hanging basket with Sweet Peas. This 'Sugar n Spice’ variety has a gorgeous,

Pre-planted hanging baskets

If haven’t already got a hanging basket, why not buy a pre-planted hanging basket? This super-easy option means that you can simply hang your baskets when they arrive, just make sure you’ve got a bracket to hang them from!

Alternatively, for more decorative options you can plant yourself, check out our pick of the best hanging baskets with ideas on how to make yours look its best.

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Supplied in a 25cm durable berry purple plastic hanging basket, ‘Fruit Salad’ is a warm, bright,

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Supplied in a 25cm durable green plastic hanging basket, ‘Sherbet Lemon' is a stunning mix of

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Supplied in a 25cm durable green plastic hanging basket, ‘Eton Mess' is a handpicked harmony of

Hanging basket plant care advice and best buys

Buy a lofty lance

Equip your basket with a lance in place to take the chore out of watering hanging planters and you’ll do it far more often!

GARDENA Comfort Hanging Basket Spray Lance
Price: £28.95

Nourish roots

When planting, add a controlled-release fertiliser such as Miracle-Gro All Purpose Continuous Release Plant Food and a water-retention gel such as Westland Water Saving Gel to reduce the time you need to spend watering and feeding.

Miracle-Gro 17684 All Purpose Continuous Release Plant Food
Price: £10.11

Reduce watering

Pop a few Reservoir Hydroballs and the included waterproof liner in the bottom of your hanging planter and they’ll slowly release water, meaning your flowers will be fine if you forget to water them for a few days.

Feed every week

It takes no more than five minutes with a specialist liquid feed such as Vitax Tub & Hanging Basket Feed and you’ll get more blooms for longer.

Pinch off faded flowers

Regularly remove flowers that are past their best and you’ll encourage plants to grow new blooms for a longer display.

Hanging basket plants FAQs

When should you plant hanging baskets?

You should plant summer hanging baskets from April onwards but make sure to keep them protected from frosts in your greenhouse until the end of May. If you don't have a greenhouse or means of keeping your planter protected, it's best to plant them in early summer when the risk of frost has passed. For winter hanging baskets, plant between September and October.

How many plants do you need in a hanging basket?

As a general rule of thumb, plant specialists Thompson & Morgan recommend using one plant per inch of basket diameter, so for a standard 30cm hanging basket, this would be about 12 plants. The only exception to this is with strong-growing plants such as Fuchsias and Geraniums, where it's best to use five plants per 30cm hanging basket.

How to plant a hanging basket?

Looking for a guide on how to plant your hanging basket to perfection? Check out this video from Garden Answers which has provided a handy guide to getting your basket started:

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