How To Plant in Hanging Baskets and What To Grow?

Last Updated on April 9, 2024 by Real Men Sow

Hanging baskets are amazing decorative pots, you can use them indoors or outdoors. These little to medium-sized baskets can only be aesthetic if you know which plants, flowers, or vegetables you can plant in them. Here, we gathered all the great plants to grow in hanging baskets.

How to Plant in Hanging Baskets

  1. You can line the basket with fresh moss, a special liner made of cardboard, fibre, or foam.
  2. To stop water from dripping straight through the basket, place a saucer at the bottom.
  3. Fill the basket half with good quality potting soil that is specifically made for containers.
  4. Place trailing plants in holes cut into the liner, and then cover them with more compost.
  5. You can plant the basket’s top with upright bushy plants. Make sure to have plenty of trailing plants around the edges.
  6. It will be much more dramatic and colourful if the basket looks full when it is time to plant.Hanging Baskets

How to Feed Plants Growing in Hanging Baskets

A good quality compost, such as a moisture control compost, contains slow-release plant food that can be fed to your plants for up to 6 months. If you want your plants to thrive all year, it is important to feed them weekly as most composts run out of steam too soon.

For plants that need to be fed only once per season, you can use continuous release feeds into the compost. This will feed them for 6 months. Four can be used in a 30cm (12in), five in a 35cm (14.1in) basket and six in any larger. You can feed your plants more often and get amazing results by using a liquid concentrate or soluble plant food. You will be rewarded with beautiful, vibrant baskets that are full of colour for many months by regular feeding.

Plants to Grow in Hanging Baskets



  • Coleus
  • Cineraria
  • Felicia
  • Helichrysum
  • Lamium
  • Nepeta
  • Sage

Edible Plants

  • Tomatoes (Tumbler)
  • Strawberry
  • Chive
  • Thyme
  • Marjoram
Real Men Sow
Real Men Sow

Hello, I’m Pete and I’m currently based in the west of Scotland, in a small place called Rosneath, where I’m exploring my garden adventures. I personally started gardening around 6 years ago and initially, I started out by growing my favorite fruits and berries, such as strawberries, Raspberries & Gooseberries. Since then I’ve added a lot of vegetables and working closely with my neighbor, it’s been a lot of fun.