How to Hang an Herb Planter


The uses of herbs vary from culinary to medicinal and aromatic and even in arts and crafts. Some herbs, such as lavender, may be applied to all four purposes. Herbs with shallow roots, such as chives and parsley, will grow well in containers. Herb containers can be mounted outside a kitchen window or hung from the eaves of a porch to form a kitchen cutting garden.

Step 1

Select a location where herbs will receive at least six hours of sunlight daily. Herbs mounted in planters next to a house can inadvertently be shaded by the home if they are placed in the wrong location.

Step 2

Determine that the planter location can support the weight of the planter. A large herb planter may weigh in excess of 50 lbs. when the potting soil in the planter is wet. Heavy herb planters can pull free of plywood used to surface the eaves of a home as well as loose bricks or shoddily built masonry. Planters mounted through plywood and into a building frame stud or in sturdy masonry will not pull free. To locate studs, use an electronic stud sensor and mark the location. This should be where you mount a hanging basket. Test the strength of masonry by chipping at it with a screwdriver. Well-built masonry will not chip and the bricks will not shift.

Step 3

Drill a hole into your masonry or wooden eaves using a masonry bit and drill.

Step 4

Mount the appropriate brackets or hooks by aligning them with the predrilled holes. Hooks will screw directly into the holes on wooden surfaces. Drill through the holes on the brackets and into the holes in the masonry or wood using a screw to secure the brackets to the walls.

Step 5

Place your hanging planter in the hook, or flat-bottomed planter into the brackets.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud sensor
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • ¼-inch masonry bit
  • Planter brackets
  • Heavy-duty screw-end hook


  • "Reader's Digest New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual"; Sally French;1991
  • NC State University: Growing Herbs for the Home Gardener

Who Can Help

  • Washington State University Extension: Topsey Turvey Tomato Planter (Document Download)
Keywords: mounting wall planters, securing hanging baskets, planting container herbs, hanging herb garden

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."