Looking for an easy way to brighten your backyard? Try hanging baskets! Whether suspended from a pergola or swinging above a patio, these highly decorative miniature gardens make a wonderful addition to any space. You can even hang them from a wall bracket, offering a great solution for apartment living – just make sure your balcony gets at least five to six hours of sunlight a day. Simply mix and match your favourite flora or take inspiration from our beautiful combinations and get planting!
Less is more with this perfect pairing of striking blue lobelia surrounded by a border of pretty orange calibrachoa.
Hide the basket edge by planting spillover foliage. Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia sp.) does the trick here, and looks great teamed with vibrant orange bracteantha and impatiens.
Ideal for a shady spot, this dramatic mix of pink impatiens, golden coleus and bronze sweet potato vine looks fab.
To achieve this glorious effect, plant impatiens into the base and sides of the basket, as well as on top.
Single colour schemes can look stunning. Choose a trailing petunia in mauve, then generously plant seedlings into the top, base and sides. The result will be a cascading basket of blooms for summer.
• Display baskets at eye level where they can be easily maintained and appreciated.
• Give plants a head start by feeding with a slow-release fertiliser at the beginning of the growing season. Follow it up with a liquid feed mid-way through the season to aid flowering.
• Hanging baskets are prone to drying out, so it’s important to water at least once a week or more frequently during hot or dry spells.
Plants for hanging baskets