Winter Plants for Hanging Baskets

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Winter hanging baskets can bring some colour to your home, but it is more important to look for flowers that are going to be healthy in the cooler air and resistant to the reduction of light in winter. There are several different types of plants that will thrive in these conditions.


Cyclamen is a flowering perennial plant that produces white, pink and red flowers. The leaves are shaped like ivy leaves, and the plant does well in lowlight situations. If you would like to plant your winter hanging garden outside in warmer months, cyclamen does very well in full shade areas at the base of trees. It does best in areas with night temperatures that are between 4.44 and 10.0 degrees C and daytime temperatures that are less than 20 degrees C. Soak the cyclamen's soil when the soil feels dry but before the leaves begin to wilt.

Winter Pansy

Winter pansies are ideal for hanging baskets as well as tubs and containers due to their hardy nature. Remove the dead flowers regularly to keep this plant producing flowers non-stop for months at a time. The ideal winter pansy configuration is rather bushy with many bright flowers; cut back straggling parts of the plant. Winter pansies come in blue, yellow and white. This flower does well in full light, partial light and shade. Winter pansies require a sandy, loamy soil, and they require 1 inch of water every week during the growing season.

Hardy Primrose

As the name implies, hardy primose is a very tough flowering plant that survives the winter very well. Hardy primoses produce small, intensely coloured blooms in purple, yellow, pink, white, and red. The plant does well in full to partial shade, making it perfect for hanging from the eaves. Hardy primroses need rich, well-draining soil to thrive. They require night temperatures between 10.0 and 15.5 degrees C and daytime temperatures that do not rise above 26.7 degrees C. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy.


The ivy plant is ideal for a full, green winter hanging basket due to its hardy nature. It is a prolific grower that trails out of the pot delicately. It is a slow grower, so get a head start by choosing the largest ivy specimens to start with. Buy them pre-potted or grow them from plugs. Ivy needs night temperatures ranging from 10.0 to 12.7 degrees C and daytime temperatures of 20.0 to 22.2 degrees C. The ivy plant thrives on four or more hours of direct light but will survive in bright indirect light as well. It does well in loamy soil that has been enriched with peat moss or compost.

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