How to Plant Herb Hanging Baskets

Updated June 26, 2017

If you are ready to try your hand at growing herbs in hanging baskets, then you will want to follow a few basic guidelines. Herbs are wonderful plants to grow in containers. Many herbs are especially well suited to hanging baskets due to their tendency to spread and overflow their planters. Bring a delightful balance to your culinary skills and your gardening pleasure by planting herbs.

Select the location for your hanging herb basket. This will depend on a few important factors. Although many herbs are quite resilient, they do not tolerate very windy conditions. Protect your hanging basket from strong wind gusts. Although some herbs require direct sun, most do well with a good dose of indirect sunlight. If you want to plant a variety of herb plants in one basket, satisfy the majority by choosing a location that is not in full shade or full sun.

Determine the types of herbs you will be planting. Base this decision on two important factors. What herbs do you like to use fresh from the garden? You will want your basket to contain some of these useful culinary herbs. You will also want your basket to be aesthetically pleasing. Allow your herbs to complement each other based on size, colour and arrangement. Watering requirements should also be similar for all plants that share a container.

Prepare your basket. Make sure the container has adequate drainage holes. Most herbs do well with a depth of 6 inches of soil. Choose a basket with a wide top in order to allow for many plants. Line your pot with sphagnum moss if it has broad openings that soil may fall through. The moss will help contain the planting medium as well as keep moisture loss at a minimum. Place a layer of small rocks in the bottom of the pot to assist in drainage.

Select a potting soil. Prepared mixes for vegetable gardens work well for most herb plants. You may also mix your own soil by sifting together topsoil, compost and sand. Most herbs do very well in average to rich garden soils.

Plant your herbs in the basket. Place these close together in the basket, but take care not to crowd the roots. Place the taller varieties in the centre of the pot and the trailing ones at the outside edge. Encourage any vines in the direction you want them to go by gently twining them against the basket. Water thoroughly and hang your basket in your selected location.


Bring your hanging herb basket inside when the weather turns cold. Many people like to continue growing their herbs indoors in a sunny location during the winter months.

Things You'll Need

  • Basket
  • Sphagnum moss (optional)
  • Small rocks (optional)
  • Potting soil
  • Herb plants
  • Water
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