5 Simple Tips To Create Beautiful Hanging Flower Containers

Planting beautiful hanging flower containers is probably my very favorite thing to do in the spring. For years I would shop on Mother’s Day weekend, and plant all of my planters while my hubby helped out with the kids. It was a really special treat for me, and even though my kids are now grown, I still enjoy the this inspiring and creative activity at the beginning of the season.

Tips for Creating Beautiful Hanging Flower Containers

Tips for creating beautiful hanging flower containers.

As part of Tuesdays in The Garden, I’m sharing five tips on how I create my hanging flower containers for our “Favorite Gardening Tips” theme. Don’t forget to check out the bottom of the post to see what these other inspiring gardeners are sharing today.

1.  Which Plants to Purchase

The above gallery shows some of my favorites.  They all have a nice bushy habit that trails nicely in a hanging container. Many come in a range of colors to suit your preference.

Consider whether your location will be very sunny or quite shady and explore the nursery tags to make sure you have the proper plants for the area.

Other good options are ivy geraniums, nasturtiums and sweet potato vine. 

Buying tips for hanging flower containers

2. How to Buy Plants for Hanging Flower Containers

These rules are true for all plants.

→ Buy bushy, not leggy plants
→ Buy plants with lots of buds and only a couple of open flowers
→ Buy plants whose leaves are nice and green, not yellow or faded
→ Buy plants that do not have roots growing out of the bottom of their pot

I have broken the last rule many times, but if given the choice, I always purchase the one with no roots growing out of the bottom. This will give your container the best possible chance for a full and lush look.

Hanging Basket ~ Calibrachoa ~gardenmatter.com

3. Choosing a Container

These coconut coir lined wire containers are some of my favorites. I love the rustic look combined with the natural beauty of flowers. These also allow the plants to drain well, helping prevent root rot, which is great if you have a rainy season. They do need to be replaced every other year but you could also use plain burlap to line the containers, in a pinch.


This container is lined with Sphagnum Moss for extra rustic appeal. This material allows you to place a few flowers on the sides and perhaps the bottom of the container. For details on how to create a sphagnum moss container click here.

Slow release fertilizer

 4. How to Plant Your Hanging Flower Containers

Make sure that you use a good potting soil. One that says it’s a soilless mix is great because it will be light and airy, and allow for proper drainage, without adding extra weight. Regular potting soil is fine too. I would stay away from the ones that have moisture control as I personally have had issues with this type of potting soil.

Add a little slow release fertilizer. I usually toss in a small handful to each basket, approimately 2 tablespoons. Often this is all you need for an entire season.

When planting the container don’t be afraid to fill the pot with many plants. These plants only last one season, so you don’t have to worry about long term root growth. You can also try setting some plastic nursery containers or empty water bottles crushed up in the bottom to take up space. I usually do this for larger pots on the ground, but if you have a large hanging planter this trick works well.

Start in the middle and fill in around the first plant. You can even tilt the plants around the edge to allow them to quickly start trailing over the side. 

Plant several of the same plant for a pretty monochromatic look, or mix it up with different flowers and colors for a more casual cottage look.

Watering hanging flower containers

5 Ongoing Care and Maintenance


I like to water every third day, skipping when it rains. If we are having an unusually hot summer, I may water daily. Make sure you water well. This means watering until you see water running out through the bottom of the container. If you miss a few days and your plant is really dry, consider dunking it in a tub or baby pool of water for several minutes, to help it perk up.

Deadheading and Sprucing

Most of these plants do not require dead heading, but by the middle or late summer these plants sometimes can benefit from a haircut. Shearing them back about 1/3 of the growth will help them spring back to life.

Creating beautiful hanging flower containers is not a difficult task. In fact, if you are a flower lover this can be one of the most rewarding gardening projects you undertake that will give you pleasure all season long.


Let’s see what the others favorite tips are this Tuesday In The Garden:


Succession Planting TIps

Succession Planting Tips @ Frugal Family Home



 Tips for Spring Window Boxes @ The Freckled Rose


 Printable Planting Guide @ Simplify Live Love


Tips for Pollinator Garden Success @ Homemade Food Junkie


Top Tools for Spring Clean Up @ Creative Living with Bren Haas 


About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Well you’ve listed my favorites for hanging planters. I love how they grow out with kind of a wild appeal. This year is seems geraniums are calling my name. Waiting for the rain to pass and after gathering 20 gallons of Llama pellets from the fields I think it should be fun to see how it works with my smaller planters this time. I’ve used them in the past but couldn’t really measure the results for some reason. Hanging planters outside my new office seems like the perfect idea to inspire each day. Great information Patti – thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Carole,

      Geraniums are so pretty and they come in just about every color imaginable. I love the ivy ones for baskets but a few uprights would be great in the middle too. One year I planted Martha Washington geraniums which were so pretty. And I totally agree with you that having so pretties outside your window would be wonderful.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  2. Your containers are lovely, Patti! I never remember to add fertilizer and often forget to water. I have to do better this year! 🙂

  3. For me Mother’s Day is ‘THE DAY’ too. I look forward to the spring plant sales and buy my container plants by the flat. Then the fun begins! Your flower buying tips are great reminders. I get suckered into buying (cheap) root bound plants occasionally. They never do as well.
    I LOVE your sphagnum moss planter! I’m going to look into that this year. We have a new porch to pretty up 🙂

  4. Great tips Patti! I love to make a few hanging baskets each year.

    I usually plant fuschias in our hanging plants because we don’t have much sun where my hanging plants go. The hummingbirds really love the fuschias.

    I do get to add a more diverse variety of flowers to the planters and a hanging planter I make for my dad’s wife birthday, she loves flowers but doesn’t care to garden or make her own planters. The kids and I do it for her.

  5. These are my favorites, too, Patti – and I agree with your tip to plant a lot in the basket! I’ve found that’s the key to the lush-looking baskets like we see at the nurseries. 🙂

  6. Thanks for sharing your tips, Patti. I’m trying to have a good collection of potted and hanging baskets this year. I got several started last weekend and did remember to add some fertilizer. We have such harsh summers and by July or August, my plants look pretty poor. I hope to do better this year!

    I love your Mother’s Day tradition – what a fun thing to do!

  7. I just adore your tips and tricks Patti! Hanging baskets are my favorite. I look forward to putting them together every year. I love the addition of sphagnum moss. Really gives it that rustic charm. My hands down favorite has to be calibrachoa. I love how many colors it comes in and how easy it is to grow. Doesn’t give me any trouble and is always a hit! This year I’m seriously considering planting vining flowers like morning glories and moonflowers in hanging pots. I’ve never tried it before, so I’m really excited! I always grow them up my garden fence, but since I just ripped it out, figured it try something new!

    • Hi Angie,

      I think morning glories and moon vines in hanging pots is a fantastic idea. In fact, several years ago I went on a summer house tour and this huge property had hanging baskets of blue morning glories lining the the driveway. It was spectacular. Of course moon flowers would be great for sitting outside in the evening too.
      Thanks for stopping by,

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