How to Hang Garden Planters


When your horizontal space for growing a garden is limited, consider gardening vertically. While vertical gardening sometimes means gardening with climbing plants, vertical gardens may also consist of plants growing in containers that hang. These plants may be in pots mounted to brackets, such as window boxes or wall sconces, or they may be in hanging baskets that are suspended from hooks. Weight considerations should be a primary factor in hanging garden planters.

Step 1

Measure the weight of the hanging basket or window box when it has been watered by placing it on a scale. This will help you to assess the type of hardware that you should use to mount the hanging planter. Most hanging planters will require heavy-duty hardware.

Step 2

Locate structural studs in walls or overhangs of roofs with a stud finding machine. Mark the studs with a pencil. This will help you to determine where to place the hardware.

Step 3

Drill a pilot hole into wooden structures where you have marked for hanging baskets. Then, screw a hardware hook into the pilot hole. Hang a hanging basket from the hook.

Step 4

Position brackets for wall-mounted boxes or sconces against the markings that indicate the locations for your studs. Place a screw through the screw hole for the bracket. Tighten the screw into the wall and stud behind it to affix the bracket to the wall.

Step 5

Drill a hole into masonry with a masonry bit. Place an expansion sleeve for an anchor bolt into the hole and tighten the bolt in place. Insert the anchor bolt into the hole through the brackets for your hanging basket, window box or planter.

Things You'll Need

  • Scale
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Hardware hook
  • Anchor bolt
  • Expansion sleeve
  • Bracket


  • Washington State University Extension: Try Something Different
  • Maryland Cooperative Extension: Growing Hanging Plants
  • Lousiana State University Extension: Hanging Baskets

Who Can Help

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Keywords: mounting a planter, hanging garden planters, hanging baskets

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."