When we think of hanging baskets, we most often imagine porches adorned with baskets of fragrant flowers and bright blooms. And while floral displays are an incredibly popular way to decorate hanging baskets in spring and summer, plenty of other plants, including evergreen plants and even fruit, grow well and look attractive in hanging baskets.
Read on for our pick of favourite hanging basket plants.
Hanging baskets are a great way to add bright colour to gardens and porch areas all summer long. Our collection of mixed basket plants is full of plants that work well with each other and are a fabulous option if you want to create a cottage garden feel.
However, some people prefer to stick to one type of plant per basket or enjoy putting together their own combinations. If this sounds like you, the following plants are perfect for your summer hanging baskets.
Passion Flower is an excellent choice for hanging baskets as its flowering season lasts from spring all the way through to autumn. The unique pink flowers feature red centres and white filaments, which create an eye-catching display brimming with colour. Passiflora prefers a sunny spot in full sun or part shade.
Passiflora flowering plants enjoy a sheltered sunny spot and has a long lasting flowering period
These popular flowers are often used to create colourful summery displays. An array of pretty yellow flowers contrasts beautifully with the dark green foliage to produce summer baskets that will flourish all season long. These trailing petunias also make perfect bedding plants, flowering in late spring. This pack of 6 Petunias is easy to plant and, other than watering, demands little attention.
Petunia Surfina is usually grown in hanging baskets as a half hardy annual
Hanging baskets aren't just for the spring and summer months, as most people want their home to look appealing all year round. This can be achieved through interesting winter hanging baskets. From trailing evergreen foliage to winter flowers, it is possible to display plants in hanging baskets all year long.
As the name might suggest, this evergreen trailing ivy boasts green leaves with golden variegated edges. These hues complement each other well to create interest in the absence of bright blooms. Gold Edged Ivy is hardy enough to survive British winters and requires very little maintenance to retain its attractive appearance.
Gold edged ivy is an evergreen hanging basket plant
This evergreen perennial produces flowers in spring but keeps its interesting foliage throughout the year, which is great for adding winter colour to your hanging baskets. It boasts lobed green-yellow leaves with patches of deep red. Heucherella Solar Power is easy to care for and is hardy to even the coldest winter temperatures in the UK. It grows well in full sun or partial shade and will tolerate full shade conditions. Stems of small flowers in pure white appear in late spring-early summer and are ideal for use as cut blooms.
Heucherella Solar Power are great trailing plants for hanging baskets
Planting fruit in hanging baskets has many benefits. It makes for a charming hanging basket display and keeps crops safe from pests such as slugs and snails.
Cambridge Favourite is one of the most popular strawberry varieties in the UK, mainly due to its reliability and the sweet juicy berries it produces. Small white flowers bloom in spring before making way for the flavoursome fruit. These strawberry plants enjoy a spot in full sun and work incredibly well in hanging baskets, where they are handy for picking all summer long.
Use 3 or 4 strawberry plants for a container with a 32cm basket diameter
Cranberry is the ultimate edible plant for growing in hanging baskets. White flowers appear in spring, morphing to pink in the summer months and producing a pleasant fragrance. By mid-autumn, an abundance of berries will have been produced before the foliage turns a dramatic shade of bronze over winter. Providing colour and interest throughout the year, Cranberry is a wonderful ornamental hanging basket plant. And that's before you consider the fruit crop, which is ideal for jams, desserts and drinks.
Versatile and attractive all year round, Cranberry is the perfect way to start hanging baskets
Indoor hanging baskets tend to focus less on colourful flowers and more on cascading foliage. They can be used to adorn walls, add some interest to an otherwise boring corner in the room and even help maintain privacy when hung near windows.
This unusual succulent always finds its way onto our lists of great plants for hanging baskets, and with good reason. A String of Pearls plant has an elegant appearance and is one of the best trailing plants for pretty much any room in the house. It is easy to care for and stores water well, making it ideal for more forgetful plant parents.
String of Pearls prefers well drained soil in bright indirect light
Also known as Spiderwort or Inch Plants, Wandering Dudes have a trailing habit that makes them ideal hanging basket plants. Vivid colours make this plant stand out with its rich green, silver and purple leaves making a striking feature. It likes bright indirect sunshine, which shimmers on the trailing foliage.
Inch plants are one of the best plants for hanging indoors
Named after its heart-shaped leaves, the Sweetheart Plant loves humidity, making it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. This plant is delivered in a 15cm hanging basket and is ready to hang. When mature, Sweetheart Plants can bloom spathes of pretty white flowers. Philodendron scandens doesn't like full sun and is ideal for a north-facing room.
Sweetheart plants are more like shade loving plants
This versatile plant is perfect for lazy gardeners and those who like to change things up a little now and again. It is usually grown as a houseplant but is happy to be moved outside in the warm summer months.
With its classic look and waxy green and yellow leaves, Devil's Ivy is the final entry on our list of best plants for hanging baskets. This plant comes supplied in a 15cm hanging basket, ready to be hung in your chosen spot. Devil's Ivy is one of the fastest-growing trailing varieties and will quickly create a stunning focal point.
Devil's Ivy is a great choice for an indoor hanging basket that can be moved outside in summer
Hanging baskets are a great way to display flowers, fruits and trailing plants. They are easy to plant and can be moved around to follow the sun or find a sheltered spot.
At Gardeners Dream we have a huge range of plants for hanging baskets, from vibrant flowers through edible plants to gorgeously cascading foliage. Check out our wonderful selection of basket plants here.