Hanging baskets follow the same recipe as containers as far as care goes. But instead of an upright thriller plant, you want more spillers and fillers. You can always go old-school with a simple fern, but we'll show you how to mix it up.
Containers do not have to be displayed in a pot on the ground. Hanging, they can displayed on walls, porches, or trees. We love the different looks you can create by using unique containers and different flower combinations. Hanging containers elevate color to eye level instead of relegating it to the ground. There are also many plants that grow better in a container than they do on the ground. A hanging container allows you to bring color to an area that may not be the right fit for a container in a pot.
The Fragrant Flower Basket
You can combine pansies and herbs in this hanging basket. It can hang on your front door for a warm welcome or out in your garden for easy use when cooking fall stews.
To put this basket together: Find a hanging basket at your local hardware or crafts store (Be sure to choose a lined one if you plan to display it on your door,) Fill it with good-quality potting soil, add yellow garden pansies and radiant marigolds to give the arrangement bright bursts of color, Add baby kale for a dose of purple, Add cilantro (growing along the handle), golden lemon thyme (on the bottom left), and Italian oregano (on the bottom right) for a usefull and edible hanging basket.
Fill the space at the bottom of your basket with empty plastic bottles to keep the weight down.
Rustic Hanging Container
The key to this rustic aesthetic is not overplanting the container. Give the flowers space to breathe. This rusty metal bucket—a flea market find—is studded with periwinkles, Rieger begonias, coleus, and other annuals but not overcrowded, which can keep the plants from getting adequate light. Suspending the arrangement on a branch adds to the casual, easy-does-it charm.
Traditional Hanging Container
This woven wicker basket is a natural way to decorate a bare wall in an outdoor space. Pink zinnias and yellow tuberous begonias are the focal points (or “thrillers”), blue Cape plumbago and golden lantana add an extra hint of drama, and English ivy cascades over the side.
Romantic Hanging Container
Try varying the scale of flowers and greenery to produce the wildly untamed, “growing in a garden” feel that keeps this basket relaxed. In this sphagnum moss-lined metal hanging basket, larger dianthus blend with smaller petunias, while variegated English ivy and tiny baby’s tears dangle over the sides.
Modern Hanging Container
A mix of structural succulents takes center stage in a simple hanging fiberclay planter. Purple fan flower punctuates the lush greenery, which offers a refreshing contrast to the deep, dark container suspended in the air.
Succulent Hanging Container
When a basket is this rich in detail, hang it low enough that you can enjoy looking at the plants that are in it, rather than the bottom of the pot. Container recipe: 1. Rush(Juncussp.) 2. Oyster Plant (tradescantia spathacea ‘Vittata’) 3. Echeveria (echeveria sp.) 4. String of Pearls (senecio rowleyanus)
Pulley Hanging Container
A cool well pulley adds an unexpected twist to this hanging basket. Start with water-soaked sheet moss inside a wire basket, and then add a layer of plastic with punched holes. Fill the container with a mixture of potting mix and composted manure, and you have the perfect pot for planting. Container recipe: 1. 'Diamond Frost' euphorbia 2. Asparagus Fern 3. Pink Tuberous Begonia 4. 'Key Lime Pie' heuchera 5. 'Dragon Wing' pink begonia 6. 'Sinbad' angel-wing begonia
Hanging Geranium Container
The cascading form of ivy geraniums makes them ideal for hanging baskets and window boxes. This basket is filled with the ‘Sophie Cascade’ variety.
Hanging Begonia Container
This pink ‘Dragon Wing’ begonia drips with flowers throughout the summer and into fall. Combine it with ‘Silver Falls’ dichondra for a splash of color against shimmering foliage.
Colorful Hanging Container
Calibrachoas in red, purple, and yellow fill out fast with blooms that look like miniature petunias.
Hanging Fern Container
Add charm with hanging ferns—a quintessential feature for any Southern porch. Cheery containers also add inviting color to this porch.
Container Hanging from a Tree
Hang your baskets in unexpected places. A hook installed in a tree branch holds this basket featuring a sensational combination of impatiens, spider plant, begonias, ferns, and ivy which are perfect for the shade.