Gorgeous Front Porch
Hanging baskets can provide you with not only exceptional color on your porch
but also create amazing curb appeal. Hanging flower baskets, placed strategically,
can also create a sense of privacy.
There's nothing quite like the colorful look of beautiful hanging baskets on your porch. Whether you choose a myriad
of color or simply use flowing ferns, baskets of foliage can do wonders for any size porch.
See these videos about making baskets and ways to keep your plants from drying out.
Pictures of Hanging Flower Baskets
Photo courtesy of Sweet Tea and Aprons
What a sweet difference these hanging flower baskets make to this charming porch
And remember, you don't have to hang the baskets from your eaves or beams, you can use either plant stands and place them where you'd like
or hang them from your porch railings.
You can also use hanging baskets as gardens on your porch.
Hanging baskets are perfect for growing garden herbs. Begin by planting your
herbs in peat pellets first.
Then, add sand to your potting soil as they tend to
grow better in arid or lower saturated nutrient soils. Growing herbs in planters helps
avoid insect infestations and any insecticides or herbicides.
The simplicity and beauty of this single basket of petunias adds a charming burst of color to this attractive porch.
The perfect burst of color
Building Hanging Flower Baskets
Select a Basket
Most hanging flower baskets are made of either wire or plastic are range in size from 8 to 24 inches. Liners for wire baskets come in plastic, pressed paperboard, coco fiber, or sphagnum moss.
If you use a paperboard liner, drill holes in the bottom for drainage. Place a few small to medium size rocks in the bottom so the holes don't get clogged with dirt and prevent drainage. You may want to purchase water absorbing mats to line your containers also.
Sphagnum moss and coco fiber are very porous so they have the tendency to dry out quickly. These materials allow you to poke holes around the perimeter of the planter.
Prepare the Soil
Pay a little more attention to this step and you'll have great flowering baskets. Fill the container with lightweight potting soil. You can either purchase this type soil or make it yourself. (You'd need equal parts of vermiculite, perlite, and peat moss).
Look for packaged soils that contain fertilizers, preferably slow-release. This will save you time later as you wouldn't have to add water-soluble fertilizers. Fill your container to about an inch or two from the top to make it easier to water.
Time to Plant
Consider this in two parts. One, select the right plants and two, arrange them to maximize their beauty. Choosing a single kind of flower will give you the greatest impact; selecting a combination can be interesting. Just make sure your basket is large enough to accommodate a variety of flowers.
Also, you'll want to make sure your combo plants range in size from tall to short so that they can all be seen. Place taller plants in the center and work outwards with smaller sizes.
Leave the smallest and/or trailing plants for the edges. Also, try to include plants that flower at different times. Pinch the tops of plants when they appear leggy.
Photo courtesy of Akrabat
Time to Water
Water your soil really well after planting. (Dave and I like to water the plants before they go into the basket. We dip the roots into a bucket of water for just a moment.) Due to the nature of planters, you may have to water daily when it's really hot. You can purchase a long-neck watering device to help you reach baskets high overhead.
One way to see if they need water is to lift them slightly. If they seem light- they need water. Going on vacation? Make sure you have someone water your plants when you are away or consider using a automatic self-watering planter.
Flowers and Ferns
This porch is made memorable by the gorgeous flower baskets and ferns.
Ferns are a favorite plant for hanging baskets on porches and decks. Boston ferns like humid locations that receive plenty of indirect sunlight. Try to make similar conditions to the rain forest - warm (but not super hot) temps in the day time followed by nice cool temperatures in the night.
They must be protected from frost (i.e. taken indoors) if you wish them to survive the winter.
We also have tips on hanging flower baskets from a vinyl porch ceiling.