How to Hang Potted Plants


Utilize a small space and create a lush garden in no time with hanging baskets. Whether purchased commercially or if they are your own creations, potted planters can be easily switched around to change the look of a space. Hanging baskets can add color and function to porches, walls, fences--just about anywhere a plant hanger can be installed.

Step 1

Check the space where the hanger will be for signs of weakness, espcially if the anchor base is wood. Ensure that masonry walls are free of chipping or weak mortar.

Step 2

Drill the anchor holes as instructed by your particular hook or planter. Drill into the mortar and not the brick or stone if hanging on a brick/stone wall. Check the accuracy of multiple holes with a level, if necessary.

Step 3

Insert the anchors or screws.

Step 4

Attach a chain, using an S-hook, if desired, to vary the heights of multiple planters or to hang them from a porch ceiling or overhang.

Step 5

Hang the potted plant on the planter hook arm or from the chain, using another S-hook, if needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Planter hook
  • Screws or anchors
  • Drill or electric screwdriver
  • Level
  • S-hook, if not included in planter hardware
  • 1/8- or 1/4-inch chain


  • Garden SuperMart: Installing a Hanging Garden Basket

Who Can Help

  • WVU Extension: Container Gardening
Keywords: hanging basket, container gardening, planter hooks

About this Author

Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University, studying education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills, re-using, recycling, and re-inventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.