Instructions for Plant Hangers


Hanging potted plants is one of the pleasures of gardeners. Elevated pots bring plant treasures up to eye level, making them even easier to enjoy. Plants can be hung vertically to maximize impact while taking up no precious ground space, allowing a small-space gardener to expand her plant selection. Hanging plants can also disguise an unattractive wall or air conditioning unit, acting like a screen to direct the eye toward appealing parts of the garden.

Step 1

Water your potted plants and weigh them wet so that you know how much weight you must support. Most potted planters intended for hanging have a circular metal band under the lip of the pot. Chains extend above the pot to a large S-hook designed to hook into a screw eye or other similar support.

Step 2

Drill a hole slightly smaller than the screw eye into an overhead beam. Insert the screw eye and screw until no threads are visible. If the eye becomes hard to turn, use a screwdriver for leverage, inserting the metal part into the eye and turning with the handle.

Step 3

Adjust the height of the planter chains with small S-hooks. Increase the height by adding chain and a new large S-hook above the existing planter chains. Position planters to allow for the view, so they will receive adequate sunlight and be easy to water daily.

Step 4

Create a hanging wall by positioning galvanized plumber's pipe in between two sturdy pillars. Mount the pipe, using galvanized wood screws and a drill. Hang planters from their S-hooks in the top row. Suspend chains from S-hooks for lower rows. Arrange draping and falling types of flowers toward the front to fill in the visual gaps. Allow ivy-type flowers to climb up some of the chains. This type of pipe can also be used to hide drip irrigation.

Step 5

Mount shepherd's hooks by using outdoor wood screws or bolts screwed into the hook bracket. Make sure your hooks are level. Hang your hooks so that when a plant is hung from the hook it will not hit people in the head.

Step 6

Pound shepherd's hooks on stakes into the garden, using a mallet. Position the stake away from walking paths and turned so that the best view of the potted plant is turned toward the line of sight.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Screw eye
  • Screwdriver
  • S-hooks
  • Chain
  • Plumber's pipe
  • Shepherd's hooks
  • Galvanized screws
  • Galvanized bolts
  • Mallet


  • University of Nebraska: Care of Hanging Baskets
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About this Author

F.R.R. Mallory is a senior at UC Berkeley completing degrees in both Neuropsychology and English. She has been published since 1996 in both nonfiction and fiction, books, short stories, articles and essays. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.