Hanging baskets can add instant colour to any garden. They are great for small spaces and can instantly brighten up any bare spot in your garden or outdoor area. There are a wide variety of hanging baskets to choose from, and they can either hang freely or be secured on a wall or fence, depending on where you decide to place them.
How to plant and care for your hanging basket
- When planting, you are best to use a Premium Mix such as Black Marvel Potting Mix. The mix contains a soil wetter and 6 months of feed, plus added iron for healthy root growth and deep green leaves and potash for juicier fruit and quality flowers.
- Hanging baskets can dry out quickly, especially during the warmer months. Make sure to water on a regular basis and avoid allowing the mix to completely dry out. Adding a soil wetter will assist in water penetration and a mulch will aid in moisture retention.
- Feed fortnightly with a liquid feed to encourage plentiful blooms and overall plant health.
- When choosing plants for a hanging basket, you can combine different plants to create a contrasting effect or choose one plant in a mix of different colours for a striking burst of colour. Make sure to choose plants that require similar needs.
Here is a list of our top favourite plants, to help you create the perfect hanging basket for your garden.
Calibrachoa are covered in masses of small trumpet shaped blooms on soft green foliage. They add an instant pop of colour to an outdoor space and will continuously bloom throughout Spring and Summer.
For best results, hang in a full sun to part shade position, and keep well-watered over hot days.
Great for brightening up shady spots, impatiens produce masses of flowers with a glossy foliage. Keep the soil moist for optimum flowering.
Clusters of small flowers appear over a long period during the hottest months. They flower in Summer, Autumn and Spring and prefer full sun and a moist, but well-drained soil.
Pansies provide vibrant colour during late winter and spring. Best position is full sun to part shade.
Geraniums are hardy and easy to care for and come in a range of bright colours. Their spreading growth habit makes it well suited to growing in hanging baskets.
They are drought tolerant and prefer full sun to part shade.
For some instant colour, you can’t go past Petunias. They will flower continuously all through summer.
Trailing petunias are particularly great for hanging baskets. They prefer full sun to part shade.
Fuchsias have long lasting, bell-shaped flowers from late spring to early winter. Fuchsias love morning sun, dappled shade in the afternoon, and protection from frost, direct sunlight and strong winds.
Perfect for covered patios. Keep moist in Summer.