How to Hang Outdoor Plants


Hanging outdoor plants, most commonly referred to as hanging baskets, are a solution to those with limited landscaping space as well as provide instant color to the exterior of your home. While you can create your own hanging basket, they are available from garden centers and nurseries in a wide range of plant types and configurations. These plants may require a sunny location or one with some shade. When purchasing your plant, keep in mind the area you would like to place your plant and the amount of sun it receives daily. With the right location and plenty of water, these plants will thrive.

Step 1

Pierce the soil where you would like to hang your plant with the pointed end of the shepherd's hook--a large staff available at most garden centers and nurseries. If you are unable to attain or use a shepherd's hook, mount a screw-eye in a wood beam. Purchase a screw-eye large enough for the hook of the planter. Use a drill to pre-drill a hole for the screw-eye. Thread the screw-eye into the hole until it appears secure.

Step 2

Suspend the hanging plant by placing its hook over the shepherd's hook or through the secured screw-eye.

Step 3

Water the hanging plant using a watering wand for a gentle soaking. Water until water begins to flow from the bottom of the planter. Always water in the morning or at night to avoid evaporation. Refrain from watering until the soil is dry and warm.

Things You'll Need

  • Shepherd's hook
  • Screw-eye hook
  • Drill
  • Watering wand


  • Farmers' Almanac: Hanging Basket Plant Care Tips
  • University of Nebraska Extension: Care of Hanging Baskets
  • Maryland Cooperative Extension: Growing Hanging Plants

Who Can Help

  • University of Illinois Extension: Making Hanging Baskets
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Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.