Top Picks for Hanging Baskets

Top Picks for Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets are a fantastic way to add depth, colour, and interest to your garden, especially if space is limited. As April ushers in milder weather and the promise of summer, it's the perfect time to plan and plant your hanging baskets. At Horticentre in Wakefield, we’ve curated a selection of plants that not only thrive in hanging baskets but also ensure your garden is a cascade of colour and texture throughout the season. Here are our top picks for your April hanging baskets.

1. Fuchsia

Fuchsias are a hanging basket staple, beloved for their unique, teardrop flowers that come in a myriad of colours. Ideal for both sunny and partially shaded spots, they provide an elegant display that will last until the first frosts of autumn.

2. Bacopa

Bacopa, with its delicate star-shaped flowers and trailing habit, is perfect for adding a soft, romantic touch to your hanging baskets. It’s a great filler that cascades beautifully, offering a cloud of white, pink, or blue blooms.

3. Lobelia

The intense blues, purples, and whites of lobelia make it an excellent choice for creating contrast in your hanging baskets. It's a prolific bloomer and its trailing varieties are perfect for adding depth and volume.

4. Petunias

Petunias are almost synonymous with hanging baskets, thanks to their vibrant colours and generous flowering. They can withstand the unpredictable British weather, making them an excellent choice for a low-maintenance but high-impact display.

5. Geraniums

For a classic look, geraniums (Pelargoniums) offer bold colours and a sturdy structure to your hanging baskets. Their rounded blooms in reds, pinks, and whites stand out against their luscious green foliage, creating a striking visual impact.

6. Begonias

Begonias are a fantastic option for both sunny and shaded locations. Their lush flowers come in a variety of shapes and colours, and their ability to bloom continuously from spring to autumn makes them a valuable addition to any hanging basket.

7. Surfinia Petunias

Surfinia petunias are the ultimate trailing plant for a dramatic hanging basket. They produce an abundance of flowers and can trail for over a metre, providing a spectacular waterfall of colour.

8. Nasturtiums

For a more whimsical and edible option, nasturtiums offer both vibrant blooms and peppery leaves that can be added to salads. Their trailing vines are adorned with bright yellow, orange, and red flowers, making them a multifunctional choice for your hanging baskets.

9. Calibrachoa

Often referred to as "million bells," Calibrachoa are mini petunia-like flowers that come in many vivid colours. They’re prolific bloomers and create a stunning, dense cascade of colour, perfect for eye-catching hanging baskets.

10. Ivy (Hedera)

To add a touch of greenery and texture, ivy is a classic choice. Its trailing foliage complements floral displays and provides a lush, overflowing look to your hanging baskets. It’s also incredibly easy to care for, making it ideal for gardening beginners.

Visit Horticentre in Wakefield

Creating the perfect hanging basket is an art, and with these top picks, you’re well on your way to mastering it. Whether you’re aiming for a bold statement or a more understated elegance, at Horticentre Wakefield, we have everything you need to get started. Our expert team is always on hand to provide advice and help you select the best plants for your garden’s conditions. Swing by this April to discover our wide range of hanging basket plants and accessories. Let’s bring your garden to life, from the top down!

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