How to Arrange Hanging Baskets


Decorative hanging baskets are perfect for walkways, porches, decks or anywhere you'd like to add blooming flowers but lack the space for an extensive garden. Flower baskets are perfect for dressing up small apartment balconies or townhouse terraces. Best of all, they are quick to make and easy to maintain.

Step 1

Select sturdy wrought iron Sheppard's hooks (to stick in the ground) or sturdy screw-in hooks (to attach to a balcony or porch ceiling) at a local nursery or home improvement store.

Step 2

Chose wrought iron hanging baskets with peat liners or plastic planters with plastic or metal hangers. Decide on flower plantings--about three per basket--that are appropriate for the amount of light they will receive (full sun, partial sun, shade.)

Step 3

Fill the baskets about half full with planting soil. Arrange about three flower plantings with root systems in the soil so that the flowers are flush with the tops of the baskets. Leave several inches between the plantings. Fill in the rest of the baskets with more soil, making sure the roots are covered.

Step 4

Water baskets thoroughly.

Step 5

Arrange roof-hanging baskets intermittently around a porch or balcony, making sure not to overcrowd the baskets. Arrange the Sheppard's hooks evenly around a walkway, entrance, patio or deck, being sure that the hooks are installed straight in the ground so that the baskets will hang straight.

Step 6

Remember to water the baskets regularly (daily during hot summer months) to keep them well-hydrated.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrought iron Sheppard's hooks or screw-in ceiling hooks
  • Wrought iron baskets with peat liners or plastic planters with hangers
  • Bag of planting soil
  • Small gardening shovel
  • Gardening gloves (optional)
  • Three flower plantings (with root systems) per basket


  • Fine Gardening: Create an Elegant Hanging Basket
  • University of Missouri Extension: Care of Hanging Baskets
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