Top plants for hanging baskets


Following my hanging baskets tips, I've put together a selection of plants to give your displays real impact.

Collection of Begonia Apricot Shades Begonia Apricot Shades: This variety of trailing begonia is an absolute cracker! It delivers three times the number of flowers than normal begonias do, and the blooms are incredibly beautiful with shades of yellow, orange and gold. This plant is easy to grow because you don't have to dead-head the flowers.


Rosebud Trailing Begonia plants Rosebud Trailing Geraniums: As easy to grow as ordinary geraniums, this variety produces really exquisite flowers that look like miniature roses and open up into clusters of flowers. Absolutely mouth-watering! 


Giant Flowered FuchsiasGiant Flowered Fuchsias: Like normal trailing fuchsias, you can grow these giant flowered fuchsias in sun or shade, pots or baskets. The difference is they produce stunning flowers up to 10cm (4") across, great for extra impact and extra beauty!

Looking to brighten up your borders?

One of my favourite plants for borders is Cosmos. It's covered in beautiful daisy like flowers in whites, pinks and rose reds with golden centres, and it flowers and flowers all summer long – making it a cottage garden favourite. Not only does it look beautiful, it spreads out so much (about 15") that it smothers out the weeds, effectively doing two jobs at once!



  1. Joan Briggs May 25, 2008 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    what plants are best for making a “flower ball” effect in a hanging basket. Can you advise on how to do one? [for next year]

  2. richard jackson September 19, 2008 at 6:52 pm -  Reply


  3. tony March 21, 2009 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    last weekend you had some plants on your show for hanging baskets they were multi coloured from one plant i,ve looked on line but cannot find them

  4. Joyce Cuthbert April 1, 2009 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Last year I bought 2 wall mounted babylon bowls, where can
    I get replacement liners for the bottom of them.
    Many thanks for all, and I mean all my plants, planters and plant food, not one complaint do I have. I bought the three clematis two years ago from the Chelsea flower
    show and they are beautiful. QVC is the best shopping

  5. Jamie Brown April 19, 2009 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    I am unsure what flowers I should use to fill my recently-purchased hanging baskets. I was thinking of planting a few tulips in them but i’m worried the vibrant summer colours will clash with my recently varnished fence. I would like something that would tell everyone that it’s summer but in a subtle way. Do you have any recommendations for what flowers I could plant, bearing in mind my sticky situation?
    Many thanks
    Jamie Brown

  6. philippine florists June 11, 2009 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Lovely! I can choose among the three on what is the best. Wish I can make my own hanging baskets. I will surely follow your tips. Thanks.

  7. Jackie Rogers April 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    I am a very very novice gardener I have purchased your Alstromeria plants, I have put them in the garden, should they all be covered up or should any of it be showing? I would eb grateful for some advice. Thanks

  8. Paul Freimanis September 26, 2010 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    I’m a relative novice, but bitten by the Gardening Bug, in no short measure – due to you and QVC !! Planning my boarders for next year – and have a range of bulbs – etc – Want to put in some Shrubs to give some (moderate hight & spread ie 5ft high by 5ft spread), and architecture to the scheme. Firstly – is it safe to grow shrubs against a House Wall? – as I’m a bit worried about them damaging the foundations or drainage (is this a possibility, or am I being silly?!) ! secondly – as its a relatively conservative boarder (15ft x 5ft) Any shrub would have to earn its place preferably being; Evergreen, Flowering, Scented with a Sun & Shade dual aspect (not wanting much then eh)!!
    Would you recommend some suitable candidates, and the best time to plant.
    Thanks for all your inspiration Richard, long may it continue.
    Sincerely, Paul Freimanis. Ps I live in North Tyneside near the Coast- should that have an impact on choice…

  9. mrs betty tynan March 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    hi richard, can you remember last year, you had on your show a flat garden hose that you could extend the length of. will you tell me where i can buy it im desperate no one sells one any longer than 50ft and i need a lomger one thanks a lot regards to you and yours betty tynan sheffield

  10. Patricia Johnson March 8, 2012 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I recieved my 4 hanging baskets on Monday,have been watching all of the demonstrations for the easy fill baskets,the pansies planted are quite large,I would like to put in lobelia and small plants,could you advise me whether I have to wait until the plug plants are quite large(oh I do go on )hope you understand what I,m trying to say
    kindest regards

  11. Sue Mistry March 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    The new plastic hanging baskets you have recently been showing,
    could you advise how many apricot begonia plants i can put in
    each one, as i think it has 12 pockets around the sides, and normally we would put 5 in the top, but thats fat too heavy for
    the begonias, please advise as i think this year I would like to put my begonias in baskets rather than pots. Please advise how many to put around the sides and also on top. Thanks for your help. 14/3/2012

  12. sarah January 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    hi richard
    you had some lilies on last year they were not the tall ones and you said they where good for borders and keeping the weeds at bay could you tell me do qvc still sell them as i would like to get some i think they are miniture ones
    many thanks

  13. Teresa Coleman July 12, 2013 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    hi richard i wonder could give me some advice. I bought 5 old fashioned rose bushes from qvc 5 yrs ago. They were very scented they have now lost their scent why would this be. Teresa Coleman email

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