How to Make a Hanging Basket Container Garden

Hanging baskets are such a fun and easy way to add beauty and color to your outdoor spaces. You can even create your own hanging baskets for the indoors with houseplants. You can update your hanging basket displays as often as you wish and embrace the upcoming seasons and holidays. Today, we are going to show you how to make a perfect hanging basket container creation.

How to Make a Hanging Basket Container Garden

hanging baskets

STEP 1: Supplies

Gather your supplies. This will vary depending on your creation, but here are the basic items you will need:

  1. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  2. Sun-loving color from Calloway’s or Cornelius
  3. Coco Fiber Hanging Baskets or other Hanging Basket containers
  4. Calloway’s Natural Garden Food

STEP 2: Soil and Pottery

The soil you use is very important to the health and success of your container garden. First, never use the native soil from the ground, as it does not contain the nutrients and moisture-retaining properties of a proper potting soil.

Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil is formulated specifically for your containers. With moisture retaining crystals, Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil provides the ideal balance of air and water to foster healthy root growth for thriving plants. It is ideal for all potted plants and container gardens.

Pick out your hanging basket container, coco fiber like we used or try out the selections from Bloem® with self-watering systems. The key is to maintain proper drainage in the container. If there is too much moisture, it will cause root rot and impact the health of your plants.

STEP 3: Adding Your Plants

Pick your plants in vibrant colors to design a visually pleasing container garden. When it comes to the design, use the “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” method. Choosing your plants based on “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” selections will create an exciting creation with dimension and color.

Watch the video below for a quick tutorial on placement of your plants based on the “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” design method for your hanging basket.

First, add your “Thriller” plant. Choose selections with big, bold blooms or gorgeous clusters of petite flowers that sparkle against the green foliage. For our creation, we selected Pentas. Pentas feature showy star-shaped flowers with white eyes at the ends of the stems. A perfect selection for your “Thriller” plant for its dramatic and dynamic blooms.


Remember, the “Thriller” plant will be a large, dramatic, and taller option. It is the focal plant in your container. Depending on where your container will be displayed, you can either plant your “Thriller” in the center, if your container will be viewed from all sides, or in the back of the container.

cora vinca

Then, add your “Filler” plant. The “Filler” plants are medium-sized plants that tend to be a more rounded plant to make the container look full. Place your “Filler” around the “Thriller” or in front of the “Thriller” plant. In our design, we selected a fantastic plant for this time of year, Cora® Vinca.

filler plant

Cora® Vinca’s showy, star-shaped blooms and medium texture make a great “Filler” plant while also providing a pop of color to your container. Cora® Vinca loves the heat and will thrive throughout the season.


Finally, add your “Spiller” plant. The “Spiller” plants are trailing plants that hang over the edge of the container. They should be planted close to the edge of the container, in front of, or surrounding the “Filler” plant.

spiller plant

To complete our hanging basket container garden, we decided to compliment the pink and white hues with elegant foliage and clusters of blooms like Lantana. Choose a selection that will spill over the edge of your container with attractive leaves that compliment your creation. Lantana is a lovely selection because of the gorgeous array of colors that resemble a Texas sunset.

sun loving plants

Your hanging basket container garden will shine in your space and provide a pop of beautiful, natural color.

STEP 3: Feed and Hang it up

Add in your Calloway’s Natural Garden Food as directed. This will help with the health of your plants for brighter, bolder blooms.

Water in thoroughly and add more potting soil as needed.

hanging basket for sun

Now hang up your creation and enjoy! Don’t have a space to hang your hanging basket? No problem, we have many options like stands and hooks available at our store locations. Questions? Ask one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals.