The Three Best Flowers for Filling Hanging Baskets and When to Plant Them

Hanging baskets are a simple yet effective way to add height and color to your garden. Trailing plants and vibrant flowers make the best hanging container fillers, and there are many varieties that can be prepared before the warmer months. Winter is a crucial time for gardening as spring approaches, but which flowers will provide the most impressive blooms?

Filling hanging baskets with a variety of plants will ensure an eye-catching display when they begin to bloom.

Choosing the right pairings and position for hanging containers is crucial to getting the most out of these low-profile garden accessories.

Sean Lade, director of Easy Garden Irrigation, told “There are many factors to consider when creating hanging baskets, from positioning your hanging baskets to selecting plants and watering methods.

“It’s important to check your baskets’ exposure to sunlight throughout the year to choose flowers that benefit from sunlight, or if your hanging baskets will be in the shade, flowers that survive with less light.”

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What are the best plants to grow in hanging baskets?

Striking a balance between bold foliage, trailing plants, and delicate blooms is the secret to a perfect hanging basket.

While winter is a slow time for planting, these three varieties are ready to go to ensure a smooth, elegant basket in time for spring and summer.


These vibrant pastel colored blooms are ready to go as the last month of winter approaches.

Although it’s too cold to plant them directly in outdoor baskets, late January through February is the perfect time to establish them indoors.

Lobelia Pendulum

This short-lived perennial retains its rich green foliage year-round, offering bold purple blooms from summer through fall.

Start lobelia seedlings indoors in February and keep them in an area with full sun or partial shade.

Keep the soil rich and moist to help the plant establish itself over a 10 week period before planting outdoors.

As with petunias, lobelias should be transplanted into baskets outdoors after the risk of frost has passed.

When planted outdoors:

  • Lobelia will bloom from June to September
  • They can handle a bit of frost
  • They make a great addition to baskets for the flowing foliage and bold coloring.


A British winter favourite, pansies are an excellent choice of flower for hanging baskets.

This frost-resistant flora blooms much earlier than most varieties.

Pansies will bloom from February to May but can be planted with petunias and lobelias for continued display throughout the year.

Although it’s a little late to plant pansies for this year, you can sow this superb variety in early spring to bloom throughout the final months of the year.

Transplant established pansies in a basket and underlay with daffodils or dwarf irises.

To lengthen the flowering period of your pansies, pinch off the flower heads that have finished flowering to ensure nutrients aren’t wasted.

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