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13 Hanging Basket Flowers that Dazzle

Accessorizing a porch, patio or deck with beautiful hanging basket flowers is a great way to maximize your outdoor space. Combine plants with upright, mounding or trailing habits for a “thriller, spiller, filler” effect. Mix and match varieties with flowers and foliage in different shapes and colors. Move baskets around the yard or switch out new plants for a fresh look all summer long.

Contributors: Janet Loughrey

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hanging basket petunias

1. PETUNIA

Supertunia Mini Vista® Pink Star

Showy pink and white striped flowers bloom continuously from planting to frost on sturdy stems up to 24” long. This vigorous grower with a full mounding habit can function as a filler or spiller element in a hanging planter or container. Use by itself or in combination with other trailing annuals. 

Annual except in zones 10-11, part sun to sun, 6-12” tall

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Hanging basket superbells flowers

2. CALIBRACHOA

Superbells® Tropical Sunrise

Bring the tropics to your yard with the warm sunset hues of this prolific bloomer. Nonstop color occurs from planting until frost, with self-cleaning flowers on trailing branches up to 18” long. Give plants an occasional shear for better branching and a fuller appearance.

Annual except in zones 9-11, part sun to sun, 6-12” tall

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hanging basket verbenas

3. VERBENA

Superbena® Whiteout

Cool down the summer landscape with these clean white flowers. Superbenas® are vigorous growers with a strong trailing habit, so allow plenty of room in a large hanging basket. Use as a stand-alone accent or combine with other similarly vigorous drought-resistant annuals. Plants are mildew resistant and need no deadheading.

Annual except in zones 8-11, part sun to sun, 6-12” tall, deer resistant

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alyssum flower basket

4. SWEET ALYSSUM

Blushing Princess®

Sweetly scented pale lavender flowers add a delicate touch to baskets and containers. Mounding plants produce long stems that cascade up to 36” long. Plant by itself in a large basket or combine with other similarly vigorous moisture-loving annuals such as petunia, nemesia or calibrachoa.

Annual except in zones 9-11, part sun to sun, 10-16” tall

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begonia flowers5. BEGONIA

Double Delight® Primrose

Fragrant double yellow flowers with apricot overtones bloom prolifically throughout summer. The full cascading habit makes this a perfect choice for hanging baskets. Use as a stand-alone accent or in combination with other plants that are tolerant of part shade such as trailing ivy or wishbone flower. Store the tuberous corms over winter to replant the following spring.

Annual except in zones 9-11, part sun to sun, 8-14” tall

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hanging impatiens6. IMPATIENS

Rockapulco® Orange Shades

Brighten up a patio or porch with baskets of flowers in tones of brilliant orange. Charming rosebud flowers are long blooming and self-cleaning. Plant this reliable shade lover alongside brightly hued varieties of coleus, caladium or sweet potato vine for an extra pop of color.

Annual except in zones 10-11, part shade to shade, 10-20” tall

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lobelia hanging basket7. LOBELIA

Laguna® Sky Blue

Ethereal pale blue flowers go with a wide range of color schemes, complementing cool-hued plants or contrasting bolder colors. Well-branched flowering plants develop a full cascading habit up to 24” long that is perfect for hanging baskets. More heat tolerant than older lobelia varieties, plants can be trimmed back to encourage new flower production.

Annual except in zones 9-11, part sun to sun, 6-12” tall

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lantana flowers

8. LANTANA

Luscious® Citrus Blend

Vibrant flower clusters in warm tones of yellow, orange and red attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other insect pollinators. Place in a sunny spot in a hanging basket by itself or in combination with other heat and drought-tolerant plants such as cuphea, blanket flower or salvia.

Annual except in zones 9-11, sun, 20-30” tall, deer resistant

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geranium flowers

9. GERANIUM

Boldly® Dark Red

This classic bedding plant makes a valuable addition to hanging baskets. Combine the velvety red flowers with blue lobelia and white bacopa for a patriotic theme. Easy to grow, this variety has a full mounding habit that’s suitable for baskets, by itself or with other moderately vigorous annuals. Deadhead for continuous bloom. Heat and drought tolerant.

Annual except in zones 9-11, part sun to sun, 10-12” tall

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bacopa hanging basket

10. BACOPA

Snowstorm® Giant Snowflake®

Snow-white flowers lend classic elegance as a spiller element in containers or hanging baskets. Plants trail up to 36” long, with continuous bloom from summer until frost. Combine with other full sun annuals such as Supertunia®, Superbena® or Superbells® that will act as indicator plants to let you know if your bacopa needs water.

Annual except in zones 9-11, part sun to sun, 4-8” tall

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Diamond Frost

11. EUPHORBIA

Diamond Frost®

This low-maintenance plant offers clouds of airy white flowers all season. Combines easily with many kinds of plants, weaving its wiry stems in and out, poking its single, airy white flowers throughout the combination. 

Annual except in zones 10-11, part sun to sun, 12-18” tall

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yellow hanging basket flowers

12. NEMESIA

Sunsatia® Lemon

Pale yellow orchid-like flowers pair well with other hanging basket plants such as lobelia, calibrachoa, verbena and sweet potato vine. Provide good drainage and an occasional light trim. Blooms best in spring and fall when weather is cooler. 

Annual except in zones 10-11, part sun to sun, 6-10” tall

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whirlwind scaevola13. Fan Flower

Whirlwind® Blue

If you're looking for a flower that performs well in heat, and blooms all season then this unfussy scaevola is a good choice. Get creative by zip tying two hanging baskets together, fill with soil and moss and plant these all around for a flowering orb that can be hung from trees, garden structures and more. 

Annual except in zones 10-11, sun, 8-14" tall 

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