Choosing flowers for your hanging basket

Contemporary hanging baskets tend to stick to just one plant. Think of a brilliant ball of bushy fuchsia – it packs quite the focal punch. Traditional hanging baskets usually feature an upright centrepiece plant such as geranium, fuchsia or dahlia with a ‘skirt’ of pansies, lobelia, French marigold or bedding plants, along with a trailing species eg lobelia to add depth. Before heading to the garden centre, read our article How to fit & fill a hanging basket for the lowdown on baskets, liners, compost and fertilisers. Now to the fun stuff – the plants!