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Our Favorite Annual Hanging Baskets for Sun

Updated: May 9, 2022

Hanging baskets are the perfect way to make the most of your space and add dimension and height to your yard, porch or balcony. Here are 7 of our favorite full sun annuals to use in hanging baskets.


The number of Begonia varieties out there is truly astounding. One of our favorite full-sun varieties (that can also grow in part shade) is Dragonwing Begonia. One of the most popular plants for porch pots and combos, this plant also does great in a hanging basket. Available at Painters with red or pink blooms that will flower from spring through frost, it’s no wonder this is a timeless classic.

Dragonwing Begonias are heat tolerant, can handle a few skipped days of watering, have a nice branching habit, and require no pruning or dead heading.


The beautiful trailing habit and abundant fan-shaped flowers of this unique plant are sure to intrigue you and your guests all summer long. Sometimes know as the 'Fairy Fan Flower' this annual will live up to its name as it spills over the side of your hanging basket. In a hot and humid climate this annual will offer blooms from early spring til first frost. Its thick stems provide an extra layer of drought tolerance making it a perfect choice for hanging baskets, which tend to dry out quicker than pots. It does not need to be pinched back, requires little in the way of fertilizing, and can bounce back from a few skipped days of watering.

This young plant will soon be covered in blooms in shades of yellow and the vining foliage will hide the plant hanger and basket


This climbing annual with daisy-like flowers makes a big impact. Typically seen in hanging baskets or trellised from a pot, it constantly seeks something to climb. The lush foliage and bright flowers will quickly turn any hanging basket into a floating plant as the container disappears! Fast growing, this plant likes well draining soil and to be watered when the top inch is dry.


Petunias are a timeless garden favorite, offering big impact with bright blooms in a limitless array of colors from early spring to first frost. These plants are easy to care for but do not like to dry out and may require twice daily watering on hotter days. While Petunias can tolerate part sun they give off their best show in full sun. There are multiple varieties to choose from we recommend a trailing variety for hanging baskets. The only question is which color will you pick? All of our varieties are self-cleaning, so no need to deadhead.