Making Hanging Baskets Step-by-Step

hanging basketColorful flowers creeping from a hanging baskets is an excellent way to add beauty, texture, and drama to a front porch, deck, gazebo and even a small apartment balcony. They can also add a splash of color when placed under trees, or become a focal point when planted in the middle of your garden. Hanging baskets are a perfect way to bring plants indoors to enjoy inside your home.

They are also great way to show off your favorite plants around the house. Whether you place them in a spot indoors or outside, they truly do brighten up their surroundings. Did you know, though, that you don’t have to hit up your local nursery the next time you want to buy one? That’s right, with a few supplies, you can put together a hanging basket of your own. Check out to prepare a hanging basket below.

Guide to Making a Hanging Basket

What you need:

  • Hanging Basket
  • Sphagnum Moss
  • Soil
  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Watering Can

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Choose a basket

As simple as this sounds, picking a basket is one of the most important steps when it comes to hanging baskets. After all, it’s not just the plants that will be drawing in everyone’s attention. There are so many different varieties on the market, so select a basket that you feel best compliments the type of plant you’ll grow inside it. Also, keep in mind that the plant will likely continue growing well after you hang it up, so buy a basket big enough to handle this kind of change. Typically, they are made out of solid plastic, ceramic, or plastic mesh.

Step 2: Line the basket with sphagnum moss

In order to keep the soil in place and retain water, fill the basket with some type of liner. We recommend using sphagnum moss, especially if your basket is wire based. That’s because, time after time, it shows the best results. ¬†Besides all the practical reasons that come with using a liner, they give the basket a neater, more put together look.

Step 3: Select a soil and plant that can adapt well to a hanging basket

Some soil and plants just aren’t cut out for this type of environment, so do your research ahead of time. When you finally decide on a quality soil, mix it with a slow-release fertilizer. Then, you can fill it into the basket. As far as the plant goes, pick one that is flowering or close to flowering. Geraniums, Pansies and Fushias generally work well for this.

Step 4: Use care when hanging your basket

When you’re done preparing your hanging basket, you will notice that it’s super heavy. Make sure that whatever hooks are attached to the basket are strong, because it will only weigh more each time you water it. Obviously, you don’t want your basket to break. Once you’ve settled on a good spot, grab a watering can and sprinkle your plants daily.

Choose the right plants for your hanging baskets

There are several plants and flowers that look best in a hanging planter, but the main element to remember is to have a “trailer,” which are plants and flowers that have stems that cascade over the sides of the container. The most effective trailers include petunias and ivy. In addition to using trailers, it is recommended that you use plants and flowers that tolerate some drought, as they are exposed to more wind by sitting up high which can dry out flowers more quickly than those sitting in pots on the ground. The following are some of the most suitable flowers for hanging planters.

Black Eye Susan Vine

This showy yellow and black flower tends to grow up the chains of a hanging basket, as well as spill over the sides, creating a lovely, pendulous look.


Butterflies adore this lush mass of electric blue flowers which grows fully both up and down.


This vibrant tropical looking flower will scramble up the hanging container’s chains as well as “weep” over the sides. Its glorious scent is a magnet for both butterflies and hummingbirds too.


A hanging basket favorite, fushia tolerates shade quite well, so it would thrive on a porch that doesn’t see much sunlight.


Petunias are a classic for hanging baskets. Try the popular “millifloras,” which continuously bloom and don’t require pinching off the deadheads, and they do extremely well in hot, wet climates.¬† These are one of the most favorite flowers for hanging planters because they are various colors.

Sweet Alyssum

The best aspect of this bloom is its wonderful honey fragrance, which attracts butterflies and bees. This flower has a very dramatic trail, and grows downward so aggressively it may require an occasional haircut!

Let us know if you have a favorite flower for hanging planters.