Make Your Own Wire Hanging Baskets

Cascading flowers in an array of colors against the backdrop of the earthy moss or coconut fibers commonly used in wire hanging baskets provide a natural look and healthy plants. Such container gardening is perfect when you live in a townhouse with a small patio garden, or an apartment with a balcony. Maybe you want to add interest to your front door or some color outside your window?

Learn how to make wire hanging baskets, and choose the best flowers to suit, here:

Good choices for Baskets in Full Sun: Bacopa, Felicia, geraniums, helichrysum, lobelia, lotus vine, marigolds, nemesia, petunias, scaveola, tagetes, trailing schizanthus, verbena

Good choices for Baskets in Shade: Alyssum, fibrous begonias, fuchsias, ivy geraniums, hedera, impatiens, trailing ivy, lobelia, tuberous begonias

1. Stand the wire basket in an empty pot to stabilize it.

2. Fit a small saucer in the bottom of the basket to hold a small reservoir of water, which is extremely useful in the height of summer when you go away.

3. Line the basket with a layer of sphagnum moss, or choose a synthetic liner made from coir (coconut fiber) or sheepís wool, which are reusable and more sustainable.

Tip: Be innovative, and use bamboo leaves, fern fronds or even phormium swords as an environmentally alternative to sphagnum moss.

4. Cover the base with lightweight potting compost pressed down firmly to exclude air pockets.

5. Plant your basket in layers, starting at the lowest layer with trailing plants, use the middle layer for hanging plants, building up to the top layer for tall, upright plants.

Lay bedding plants on the compost through the wire mesh from the outside. Press down to secure roots in place. When this layer is fully planted, cover well with compost to make the next layer. Continue to fill the basket with plants followed by layers of compost to within two inches of the rim.

6. Plant the uppermost layer with taller plants such as geraniums or marigolds. (Do not overcrowd the basket, as annual plants have a naturally spreading habit.)

7. Check that the supporting chains, ring and bracket are strong enough to cope with the considerable weight of a full, watered basket.

8. To ensure displays last throughout the summer, remember to feed, water and deadhead the basket regularly. Give plants a regular watering with a potash-rich fertilizer such as liquid seaweed every week.

9. Donít hesitate to cut back growth that trails too far. A good pruning helps plants grow bushier, and often results in a second flowering.

10. Once planted up, itís a good idea to harden off the basket for ten days or so, leaving it outdoors during the day but protecting it from the cold at night.

Adapted from A Year On The Garden Path, by Carolyn Herriot (Earthfuture/New Society Publishers, 2006). Copyright (c) 2005 by Carolyn Herriot. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from A Year On The Garden Path, by Carolyn Herriot (Earthfuture/New Society Publishers, 2006).

8 comments

Eva Orta
Eva O.5 years ago

Thank you very much for this article! Those hanging baskets might just add that little extra to my balcony!

veronika p.
Veronica P.6 years ago

Great article. Hanging baskets cost so much at home waer stores. Thanks

Kerri Z.
Kerri Z.8 years ago

Beautiful idea! Can anyone share a photo?

Denise B.
Denise B.8 years ago

Great idea! I've been looking for an inexpensive way to decorate my side porch, and I already have the chicken wire, so a special thank you to Lisa K!

Patricia French
Patricia French9 years ago

Hey thanks for this info. I had not considered layering a basket, it should look quite nice. Also thanks to Lisa K. I think I will try your idea out on my mailbox post.

Happy Gardening Everyone!!

Lisa K.
Lisa K.9 years ago

Another version of this planter is to use a piece of wood and chicken wire and a staplegun. This can be hung on a fence post or against a wall and the materials are often waste materials. simply shape a pouch with the chicken wire and staple to the wood or plank folding or bending the chicken wire to whatever shape you desire. Leave the top open for planting. Proceed with the directions above. you can also use wire cutters to snip holes in the wire mesh on the sides and insert trailing plants. Have fun.