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Lockdown Project Guides: Winter Hanging Baskets

One of the quickest and easiest ways to liven up a porch, patio, decking or drive is to add colourful winter hanging baskets or two – and they aren’t just for summer! By planting with winter varieties, you will add a warm welcome at the chilliest time of the year.

Print Off Your Winter Hanging Baskets Guide!

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 10-20 minutes

You Will Need:

Hanging Basket

There are lots of designs to choose from but for beginners we’d recommend using low maintenance Easy Fill Baskets.

Winter Bedding Plants

(approx. 12 plants for a 30cm basket)
A good, all-round choice to grow at this time is Primrose Plants – Rambo, offering strong scent and vibrant colours.


We recommend using specialist, lightweight compost, moisture-retaining compost for baskets.

Method: 10 Steps to a Dazzling Display!

Prepare Your Winter Hanging Baskets or Container

Easy Fill Hanging Basket
  • Step 1: Remove or move aside the chain and balance your hanging basket on a bucket or large plant pot, making sure it’s quite stable.
  • Step 2: Fit your chosen liner – wire baskets need lining with moss or a basket liner, plastic hanging baskets do not require a liner.
  • Step 3: Fill the basket with compost up to the point where you want to add the first layer of plants – this is usually the trailing plants, which will dangle beautifully from the sides.
  • Step 4: Make a hole in the liner (if using) or pop-out the planting panels. Carefully feed the roots of the plant from the outside of the basket, so that the root ball lies on the top of the compost.
Hanging basket planting
Feed your plants through from the outside, so their roots are on the compost inside
Each plant’s roots should rest on the compost inside the basket
  • Step 5: Working around the basket, add plants at intervals to complete the layer.
  • Step 6: Cover the roots with compost, firm it down and repeat steps 4 and 5 above until the sides are fully planted.
Work around the edges before planting upright varieties in the top
Work around the edges before planting upright varieties in the top
  • Step 7: Next, add upright plants to the centre of the basket – leave a little room, so that you can easily water the plants.

Check Your Wall Bracket

  • Step 8: All baskets require a strong wall bracket – a watered basket can be very heavy!

Hang Up Your Winter Hanging Basket!

Hanging Basket in bloom
Hanging Basket Collection Suttons
  • Step 9: Hang your basket up and water it until the water drains from the bottom.
  • Step 10: Stand back and admire your handiwork!


  • Turn baskets occasionally, so that all plants receive sufficient light.
  • Protect plants from frosts with horticultural fleece.
  • Check the surface of the soil and water when dry – when you do water, keep going until the water drains from the bottom.
  • Deadhead to keep the blooms coming.
  • Feed every couple of weeks with a liquid fertiliser.

If you want to read more about choosing your hanging baskets, click here or if you want to know more about how to plant up your hanging baskets, click here.

We hope you have enjoyed our lockdown project guides all about hanging baskets and be sure to stay tuned as there a plenty more to come this month!

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