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Plant Hangers - A Pretty Way to Add to Your Gardening Space
Put your container flower garden in a plant hanger.
When your garden is bursting with bloom and your patio is overstuffed with furniture, there's still room for flowers in a hanging container garden. Plant hangers extend your gardening space and add charm to your outdoor living space.
Although most gardeners use plant hangers for decorative plantings, even a cherry tomato in a plant hanger brightens your deck or patio. Day neutral strawberries, like the Alpine Strawberry offer a cheery welcome to your guests when hung from a plant hanger.
Plant hangers can be hung from exterior walls, window frames, porch ceilings or plant hanger poles. There are almost as many different styles of plant hangers as there are kinds of flowers to hang from them.
Secure Support for Plant Hangers
- The first step in starting an outdoor hanging gardening is to securely attach the plant hanger. You may need to drill holes in brick, stucco, or other siding to make an exterior wall attachment, so be sure ahead of time that you've chosen a good permanent location for your plant hanger. Although you can pound a nail into wood siding, screwing your hanger hook into solid wood (like that in a support beam or window frame) makes for a more secure attachment.
- However, before you start boring holes in your wall, also consider the size of pot you'll be hanging as well as the size that your mature plant will reach. Along with leaving enough growing room for your hanging plants, you'll also want to be sure that you have ample room for watering and other plant care activities.
- Make sure your hardware is strong enough to support the weight of your freshly watered potted plant even after it reaches maturity. Many potting mixtures are much lighter in weight when they're dry, but after wetting they become discernibly heavier.
- Finally, examine the suspension of your plant. Hang it far enough away from its structural support so that neither your plant nor your home's exterior can be damaged by wind. Even if you live in a brick house, there are few things more annoying than the constant thump of your hanging plant against your house wall on a windy day! Also, be sure that your chain or hanger isn't too long or you may awaken some morning to find that you have an empty pot and a plant on your patio floor!
When you take a little extra time in hanging your plant, you'll find that container gardens on plant hangers are a beautiful way to add extra gardening space for your plants as well as extra decoration to your outdoors.