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How to Create a Hanging Garden

By Elizabeth Balarini ; Updated September 21, 2017

King Nebuchadnezzar built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, breaking natural law by creating a botanical wonder. Built to make his homesick bride happy, his hanging gardens were built into man-made mountains, spilling over the sides of buildings. Modern-day hanging gardens are beautiful displays of greenery and blooms that hang from various containers and heights. A home gardener can create a hanging garden within a few hours.

Choose an area in which to grow your hanging garden. Covered patios, gazebos, and pergolas are ideal. Window boxes can also be saddle-bagged over the top of deck rails to hold plants that will hang and trail down the side of the deck walls.

Select a variety of plants to grow in your hanging garden. Include a variety of colors, including plants with solid colored leaves, variegated leaves and flowering plants in various colors. Hanging baskets are typically 8 to 12 inches in diameter, so plan your space accordingly. Ivies, golden pothos, spider plants and petunias make excellent plants for a hanging garden.

Use hanging baskets that have drainage holes. Hanging garden plants should not be left to sit in stagnant water, as this could encourage mosquitoes and bacteria growth.

Line the containers with sphagnum moss or coconut fiber, to provide a layer of fast-draining medium between the soil and drainage holes.

Fill the containers with potting soil. Use a potting soil made for flowering plants, to provide the proper nutrients to your plants.

Add the plants to the potting soil in the containers. Arrange the stems of the plants so that they evenly spill over the sides of the containers. This will make your hanging garden look equally lush and full from all angles within the garden.

Hang each plant from a support beam, using screw-in hooks. For added aesthetics, hang the plants at varying heights to give the illusion of height and fullness throughout the garden.


Things You Will Need

  • Hanging containers
  • Liners (sphagnum moss or coconut fiber)
  • Vining, trailing plants of choice
  • Screw hooks

About the Author


Elizabeth Balarini is a freelance writer and professional blogger who began writing professionally in 2006. Her work has been published on several websites. Her articles focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, home and garden, and health and wellness. Balarini majored in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio.