Planting a Hanging Basket or Window Box

Are you ready to get started on planting a hanging basket or a window box? Here is some helpful information to help you get your job done fast and easily. Hanging baskets will add a light, fairyland touch to your patio, deck, canvas gazebo, or anywhere in your yard and garden. A gazebo looks great with hanging baskets of colorful flowers and green ferns.

Many attractive  plants are suitable for such cultivation. You will need to make sure that you choose a plant with a trailing or drooping habit of growth. It needs to be a plant that will display flowers as well as foliage to your best advantage. The most popular hanging baskets are made of galvanized wire. They are light and will last for a long time and they make great container plants.

Ready to Plant

  1. Line your basket with a thick layer of sphagnum moss, pieces of fibrous turf or forest moss.
  2. Fill the basket with a good soil mix that has had some peat moss and compost mixed into it.
  3. Insert the plants, some at the sides and others at the top of the basket, so that the area will be well filled.
  4. Thoroughly moisten the soil and hang the basket into position

Beautifully planted hanging basket

TIP- The soil must be kept moist or the plants will not flourish. One way to do this is to take the basket down and submerge it in a large container of water. In between the dowsing, put several ice cubes in each basket. The ice cubes will melt slowly and all the water will be absorbed.

Hanging Basket Plants

Annuals are the most widely used type of hanging basket plants. Here are some of the plants that will do well in your hanging basket: lobelia, nasturtiums, petunias, black-eyed Susan vine, trailing lantanas, and morning glories.

TIP- If you want to get an early start with your hanging basket, set the plants in the spring and suspend it in a greenhouse for a few weeks. After the weather has warmed and settled, harden off the plants, then hang the basket outdoors.


Your window box may be made of anything that you choose. It may be stone, metal, or plastic, but most of the  popular ones are still constructed of wood.  You may be handy with constructing items. If  you are, you should consider looking for window box plans and making one or several yourself. This also can be great gifts for many special occasions.Whatever your choice, window boxes should be adequately braced, well drained, and filled with a good soil mixture.

Rustic pine window box

Before placing the soil in your window box, put in a 2 inch layer of broken bricks, bits of broken flower pot, or small stones and cover these with coarse leaves, straw or pieces of turf laid upside down. This will allow for proper drainage of your window box.

Next, fill the remainder of the space to within about one inch of the top of the box with a good garden soil that is mixed with equal parts of loam and leaf mold or peat moss and enough sand to make the mixture porous.

Plants for Window Boxes

Here is a list of plants that will do well in window boxes: alyssum, begonias, dwarf celosia, coleus, geraniums, lantanas, lobelia, marigolds, petunias, and verbena. There are many others that you might like to include, but these will surely do well for you.

Getting Ready to Plant

Plants may be set out in May or June. Plants should be planted according to their height and their habit of growth. You should arrange the dwarf plants along the front and sides. The taller kinds should go towards the back, and those of medium height should be placed in the center. Place climbers, such as morning glories or nasturtiums towards the ends of the boxes, so they can be trail over the edges to add fullness and a bit of design to your planting arrangement.

TIP- After the window box is planted, keep it well watered throughout the summer. When the plants are in full bloom, give them an occasional feeding with a good general fertilizer. Also, be sure to remove all flower heads when they begin to fade.

Enjoy your colorful hanging baskets and window boxes and visit yardandgardenrescue for all your garden needs.

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