10 Best Plants for Hanging Baskets in Shade

lobelia in a hanging basket

Choosing plants for your hanging basket when you know it’ll be hung in a shady location can be difficult. We put together a list of some popular shade-loving plants that grow great in hanging baskets!

Top 10 hanging basket plants for shade

Many plants will be able to survive in a hanging basket getting a lot of shade, but the below plants are especially likely to thrive in a shady environment.

1. Begonias

begonias in hanging baskets

Begonias can grow great in full shade (and full sun as well), making them a great choice for your hanging basket no matter where it’ll be placed.

Certain varieties of begonias, such as Dragon Wing Begonias or BIG Begonias, make great fillers for your pot. In fact, just 3 plants of these large begonia varieties will fill up the hanging basket.

Add in some vines or draping plants that can handle the shade and you’ll have a beautiful arrangement for your shade.

2. Fuchsia

Fuchsia in a hanging basket

Fuchsia plants are plants that will need a lot of shade in order to keep from wilting. For this reason, they are great for a hanging basket that won’t get too much hot afternoon sun.

These plants branch out with vines and pretty blooms. For a 12″ hanging basket, we typically plant 3 trailing fuchsia plants.

Our top varieties for hanging baskets are:

  • Swingtime Trailing Fuchsia
  • Dark Eyes Trailing Fuschia

3. Coral Bells

coral bells in a hanging basket

Coral Bells, also known as heucheras, are beautiful shade-loving plants. Their bright foliage and unique leaves make them a great option for filling your hanging baskets.

4. Ferns

Ferns in a hanging basket

Ferns are a classic shade-loving plant that look amazing in a hanging basket. Many times these plants are grown under a porch or other shady area to add some style with their dark green foliage.

5. Hosta

Hosta hanging basket

Hosta are often grown in shady flower beds but can also grow well in a hanging basket for the shade.

6. Creeping Jenny

vines in a hanging basket

Creeping Jenny grow great in full sun or full shade. They are a popular choice for shade-loving hanging plants since they drape over the side of the basket.

7. Coleus

Coleus in a greenhouse

A coleus’ bright foliage can make any shade hanging basket a beautiful display. Plant coleus with different varieties to really get a unique look.

8. Impatiens

Colorful impatiens in a hanging basket

Impatiens are the ultimate shade plant. Their bright flowers lighten up darker areas and they thrive with little sun. These plants will really branch out with the right growing conditions.

New Guinea impatiens are another great plant (and cousin of impatiens) that can be used for shade-loving hanging baskets.

9. Vinca

Vinca hanging basket

While vinca is drought-resistent, it can also grow well in part to full shade. Vinca plants are sure to brighten up your hanging basket in the shade with their colorful blooms.

10. Bacopa

Close up of white bacopa

Bacopa plants don’t mind some shade so they are great for shade hanging basket. These plants also attract bumblebees and butterflies!

Conclusion

In short, there are many plants that will grow great in a hanging basket placed in a shady location. This list is a starting point to help you put together your perfect hanging basket:

  1. Begonias
  2. Fuchsia
  3. Coral Bells
  4. Ferns
  5. Hosta
  6. Creeping Jenny
  7. Coleus
  8. Impatiens
  9. Vinca
  10. Bacopa