How to Plant Vancouver's Hanging Baskets

Overview

Gardeners in Vancouver, British Columbia, can plant annual flowers and green plants in hanging baskets to create a small garden for patios, porches, balconies and other small spaces. Select flowers for your hanging basket based on color, texture and sun or shade requirements. Do not mix shade flowers with sun flowers. Leave hanging baskets outdoors in spring and summer months, and water regularly to keep the basket moist.

Step 1

Prepare your hanging basket for planting. Remove the hanging hook (if it's a plastic basket) or fill the inside of a wire basket with a moss or coconut liner to prevent soil from seeping out. Then fill the hanging basket 1/3 full with a well-balanced potting mix.

Step 2

Pull your flowers and green plants out of their containers. Loosen the root ball by squeezing it with your hands. Auburn University advises planting three kinds of flowers in an 8-inch pot or four to five types of flowers in a 10-inch pot for best visual impact.

Step 3

Place the flowers and plants in the hanging basket, arranging them to your liking by color or texture. Situate each plant to sit at the same depth in the hanging basket as it did in its container.

Step 4

Add soil to within an inch of the lip of your hanging basket, firming the soil around the base of the plants.

Step 5

Water the hanging basket thoroughly so liquid comes out the drainage holes or liner at the bottom of the container, and the soil becomes saturated. Allow the plant to finish dripping liquid, then hang it from a nail or hook to enjoy your hanging basket.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging basket
  • Potting soil
  • Plants
  • Water

References

  • Texas A & M: Tips for Making Mixed Baskets
  • Auburn University: Flower Hanging Baskets

Who Can Help

  • BC Garden Centre: Moss Baskets & Patio Planters
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Based in Northern California, Elton Dunn is a freelance writer and nonprofit consultant with 14 years' experience. Dunn specializes in travel, food, business, gardening, education and the legal fields. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. Dunn holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English.