Hanging gardens date back to ancient times. Not only are they beautiful, but they’re the perfect way for those who have space challenges to be able to enjoy some beauty and nature. They make stunning additions to patios, porches and lamp posts. Hanging gardens are also portable to a certain extent, making it easy to change your landscaping any time you like. The portability is also especially nice if you want to bring them indoors to brighten up a room during the winter months.
Creeping Jenny, Dichondra, Ivy, and other cascading plants look gorgeous in hanging baskets, but you don’t want to forget about herbs either. Herbs are not only attractive, but functional. Everyone knows that fresh herbs will make your culinary creations stand out so much more! Why not try growing some cilantro, basil, or thyme right in your own kitchen? You can’t beat the convenience (or the savings!)
Hanging gardens can consist of several plants in one basket (if they’re small enough) or one plant in each planter and a series of planters. You can often find them in your local discount store in plastic pots with hangers on them or in a pretty wire hanging basket. Some are also lined with fiber or moss. If you choose to transplant them when you get them home, be sure to put them in an appropriate container with proper drainage.
It’s also worth noting that hanging plants generally need to be watered a little bit more than the sitting variety, because the water drains out the bottom instead of collecting. Be sure to check them frequently to ensure that the soil is moist, but not drenched. Because of the nature of the drainage, many gardeners find that adding something to the soil to help retain moisture as well as a slow release fertilizer is helpful for plant growth. If you have many hanging plants in the same area, a drip watering system can also be a real time saver.
Pay special attention to the care information that comes with your plants too. Some do well with full sun, some with half, and some don’t like it at all. If you hang a full sun plant on your porch, it might not do as well as it would if you hung it from a lamp post out in the yard.
It goes without saying that you’ll need to hang your planter from a sturdy beam, whether indoors or out. The wood should be solid and in good condition and the nail or hook it hangs from should be strong. The planter itself should also be sturdy and any rope or chains holding it need to be in great shape. Weak links and frayed rope are a disaster waiting to happen. Hanging planters can get weighty after watering and improperly installed hangers can result in losing your plant and injuring anything underneath them.
Are you ready to start a hanging garden of your own? I’d love for you to get inspired by these DIY hanging gardens! These are some of my favorites. Check them out by clicking the link below the image.
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Overall, hanging gardens are wonderful additions to any home’s décor, indoors or out. Why not give them a try?