Hanging flower baskets are ideal for decorating porches and fences. Gardeners who have little usable ground space for a flower garden will find hanging flower baskets a delightful solution. These baskets are easy to create and can add spots of color and interest wherever they are hung. If a porch or a fence are not available or brackets cannot be mounted on them, wrought iron shepherd hooks are perfect choices for hanging flower baskets.
Prepare the basket. If you are reusing a hanging basket you will need to clean it out. Scrub it well with a stiff brush and a solution of one part bleach and nine parts water. The basket can be soaked in this solution for further disinfection. Rinse the bleach solution away and hang basket outside to dry.
Decide on the location for your hanging basket. The flowers you choose to plant in your basket will depend upon your planned location. You will need to determine if the hanging basket will be in full sun, partial sun/shade or full shade.
Choose flowers for the basket. After you have determined the sun exposure for your basket, you will need to choose flowers. You can add a single variety of flower to the basket or you can create a basket filled with several different flowers for the ultimate in color and visual beauty. Whether you decide to stick with a single type of plant or a variety, you will need more than one plant for the basket. The goal is to fill the basket to overflowing with the flowers you plant. The plants you choose for the basket should be low-growing, not tall. Certain plants will grow to trail over the sides of the basket (sweet potato vine, trailing purslane, petunia, fuchsia) while others will simply grow upward and fill in with top growth (geranium, begonia, impatiens).
Add soil to the basket. Fill the basket to within 1 to 2 inches of the top with commercial potting soil.
Water flowers before planting. All plants should be thoroughly watered before being transplanted.
Add flowers to the basket. If you have chosen a variety of plants, the taller plants (geranium, snapdragons) should be planted in the center. Arrange any trailing plants around the outer perimeter of the basket. Plants that are shorter should be put in between the center plant and the outer trailing plants. The whole basket should be filled to create the most pleasing effect.
Water the hanging basket. After you have added the plants and arranged them, water the entire basket.
Hang the basket. After planting, arranging and watering, you are now ready to hang your basket. Hang it on a hanging plant bracket or a shepherd hook, depending upon what is available.