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How to Plant a Hanging Basket

Hanging baskets bring beautiful colour to even the smallest of outdoor spaces and can be filled with anything from flowers to food produce, such as strawberries and tomatoes. There are a wide range of basket choices available to suit your style, from wire to wicker to metal.

To create a beautiful wire framed basket for your garden, watch our helpful ‘how to’ video. You can also find step-by-step instructions below.


Watch: How to Create a Wire Framed Hanging Basket

Watch as we show you how to create a beautiful wire framed hanging basket to display around your outdoor space.

How to Plant a Hanging Basket

Hanging Baskets Step by Step Guide


1. Start planting summer hanging baskets from April onwards. Winter hanging baskets should be planted in September and October.

2. When creating your basket, prop it on something to make it easier to fill.

3. If you a planting a wire framed basket, first line with moss. For all hanging baskets, place a saucer at the bottom of your basket. This acts as a water reservoir, otherwise hanging baskets can dry out very quickly and it can take a lot to rehydrate them. Cover with multi-purpose compost.

4. By adding a slow release feed to your compost you can ensure the hanging basket gets all the nutrients it needs for the plants to grow. Add liquid fertiliser regularly, once the plants fill the basket.

5. Start planting. Hanging baskets are typically planted with a bottom trailing layer for wire baskets, then for all baskets an upright centre plant and three or five smaller plants around the sides – three or five is pleasing to the eye! Make sure the plants are well watered before planting.

6. When adding your plants, carefully take them out from their tray. Be careful not to damage the root system. To properly remove, either push your finger through the bottom of the tray or cut the tray.

7. Use a small plant pot as a funnel and pop it into the compost alongside the plants. This will make it easier to water the basket without the water cascading off the sides.

8. Once all the plants have been added, add compost to fill to the top of the hanging basket. Remember to water well.

9. Your hanging basket is now ready to be displayed to give you an abundance of colour.

Don’t forget!

Remember to keep them moist, but not soggy. In the summer it’s important to check baskets every day and water unless the compost is wet. Hanging baskets can still dry out during rainy spells.

To prevent the plants’ energy going into the production of seeds, ensure you are deadheading regularly to keep your basket looking fresh and vibrant. Later in summer, feed regularly.