Top 30 Hanging Basket Plants for Sun

Mini Bells with Wave petunias in a hanging basket

Putting together a hanging basket full of flowers can be a lot of fun.

One of the first things to consider is where you will be hanging your basket. If your hanging basket location will be getting part to full sun, this list is for you. We put together this list of flowering plants that grow best in part to full sun.

Hanging your basket in a shady spot? Check out our list of shade-loving plants for hanging baskets.

With hanging baskets, you have many options for plants, including spillers and fillers. The combination makes for a beautiful display. For that reason, we grouped our “spillers” together in this list (#21 to #27).

The remaining plants, the fillers, pair well with these spillers. In most cases, you can also simply grow only “filler” plants in your hanging basket and avoid any spillers (although spillers are very popular for hanging baskets).

All of the flowers listed here can be grown as an annual in central PA and other northern regions in the United States. If you are growing your hanging baskets in southern growing zones (ex. USDA growing zones 9-11), some of these plants will survive the winter if they are perennials. Check plant details for your specific plant when planning your growing season.

Many of the plant specifications below are general, and have been pulled from industry resources. Please see your plant’s specific variety for the most accurate sun exposure and mature size.

One last note: it’s important that you keep your hanging basket well watered for plants that grow the best in full sun. You can check if the plant needs to be watered by lifting the basket from underneath (it’ll feel noticeably light if it needs to be watered) or feeling the surface level of potting soil (the top inch of soil should be moist).

Now, on to our list! Below you’ll find our favorite 30 flowers for hanging baskets.

1. Ivy Geranium

Ivy Geraniums in a Hanging Basket
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: 12-30 inches
  • Popular colors: Pink, red, salmon & white

2. Lobelia

lobelia in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 6-9 inches
  • Popular colors: Blue, pink, purple, white, cherry-red

3. Lantana

Lantana in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: up to 6 feet spread & height
  • Popular colors: Mix of orange, red, yellow, blue, white, pink

4. Begonias

begonias in hanging baskets
  • Sun exposure: Full sun or full shade
  • Mature size: 6-18 inches
  • Popular colors: Red, pink, salmon, yellow, and many more!

5. Fan Flower (Scaevola)

Fan Flower in a Hanging Basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 6-12 inches tall, up to 2 feet spread
  • Popular colors: Blue, purple, white, pink

6. Black Eyed Susan Vine

Black Eyed Susan Plant in a Hanging Basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 3-8 feet high, 3-6 feet spread
  • Popular colors: Red, orange, yellow, white

7. Petunias

Bubblegum petunias growing in landscape
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: 6-24 inches tall, up to 3 feet spread
  • Popular colors: Pink, purple, yellow, and many more!

Some popular petunias for hanging baskets include Supertunias or wave petunias. Curious about the difference between these two types of petunias? Here’s a quick guide.

8. Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

Million Bells in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 6-12 inches tall, 12-24 inches spread
  • Popular colors: Coral, yellow, orange, red, pink, blue, purple, and many more!

9. Sweet Alyssum

sweet alyssum in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 4-6 inches tall, 6-9 inches spread
  • Popular colors: White, pink, purple

10. Pansies

pansies in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 4-8 inches tall, 4-6 inches spread
  • Popular colors: White, yellow, purple, blue

11. Portulaca

Portulaca in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: 3-9 inches tall, 6-12 inches spread
  • Popular colors: White, red, pink, orange, yellow

12. Geraniums

geraniums in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 5-36 inches tall (depending on variety)
  • Popular colors: Red, pink, orange, salmon, white, bi-colors, purple

13. Sunpatiens

New Guinea impatiens in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 18-48 inches tall
  • Popular colors: Pink, red, white, and many more!

14. Hens & Chicks

Succulents in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 3-6 inches tall, 6-12 inches spread
  • Popular colors: Link pink to reddish-purple hues, green

15. Marigolds

Close up of a marigold bloom
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: 4-36 inches tall, 6-18 inches wide
  • Popular colors: Yellow, orange, white, red, gold, bi-color

16. Verbena

verbena in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: Up to 12 inches tall, 18 inches spread (depends on variety)
  • Popular colors: Red, purple, pink, peach, white, and many more!

17. Vinca

Vinca hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 6-18 inches tall, 6-18 inches spread
  • Popular colors: White, pink, red

18. Dianthus

Dianthus Growing in a Hanging Basket
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: 5 inches to 3 feet tall (depends on variety)
  • Popular colors: White, lilac, red, pink

19. Osteospermum (African Daisies)

Osteospermum Growing in a Hanging Basket
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: 12-36 inches tall, 12-24 inches wide
  • Popular colors: Yellow, pink, purple, bi-color, and many more!

20. Sun Coleus

Sun Coleus in a Hanging Basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 6-36 inches tall, 6-36 inches spread
  • Popular colors: Variety of multi-color leafs

21. Nierembergia (Cup Flower)

Nierembergia Growing in a Hanging Basket
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: 6-12 inches, up to 2 feet spread
  • Popular colors: White, purple, blue

22. Diamond Series (Proven Winners)

Diamond Frost in a Hanging Basket
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: 12-36 inches tall, 12-36 inches spread
  • Popular colors: White

23. Bacopa (Water Hyssop)

Close up of white bacopa
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: Up to 12 inches tall and spread
  • Popular colors: White, light pink

24. Creeping Jenny

vines in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Full shade to full sun
  • Mature size: 2-4 inches tall, 12-18+ inches spread
  • Popular colors: Light yellow (in sun) to dark green (in shade)

25. Sweet potato vine

Sweet Potato Vine Growing in a Hanging Basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 6-16 inches tall, up to 10 feet vine spread
  • Popular colors: Yellow, black foliage

26. Ivy

Ivy Coming Out of a Hanging Basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 6-8 inches, up to 15 feet vine spread
  • Popular colors: Green, yellowish-green, bi-color

27. Dichondra

Pink begonia basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: 2 inches tall, 3-4 feet vine spread
  • Popular colors: Silver, green

28. Certain Vegetables (tomatoes, strawberries, etc.)

Strawberries in a hanging basket
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: Varies
  • Popular colors: Varies

29. Mandevillas

Apricot mandevilla in our lancaster county greenhouse
  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Mature size: 15-20 feet spread
  • Popular colors: Red, white, apricot

30. Herbs

Oregano plant in the sun
  • Sun exposure: Part sun to full sun
  • Mature size: Varies
  • Popular colors: Different hues of green