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A collection of plants in hanging baskets and pots

Overview

Gone are the days of needing soil and an outdoor area to create a green space – gardens can now hang from your ceiling! Hanging gardens are a great way to add a natural element to your space without taking up valuable floor room – and are super easy to set up and maintain.

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

Tools and materials on a wooden deck, including a pot plant, a hanging basket, potting mix, a drill, trowel and various safety equipment

2Choose your plants

The first thing to establish is exactly which plants you’d like to hang. They shouldn’t be too large or heavy – you don’t want to place unnecessary pressure on the ceiling above. They should also be suited to the size of your hanging pot – anything too large and soon enough, you’ll need to replace the pot!

A selection of potted plants sitting on an outdoor table

3Add potting mix

Add potting mix to each hanging pot with a trowel.

A Bunnings team member filling a hanging basket with potting mix

4Add plants

Then place your chosen plants in, making sure to rough up the roots. Top up each pot with a little more mix, if required.

A Bunnings team member placing a plant into a hanging basket

5Drill holes in the ceiling

Using a ladder and power drill, drill holes in the ceiling where you want your hanging garden to sit. Make sure you place them far enough apart so that the baskets won’t hit each other when hanging. Use safety glasses while doing this to prevent dust from the ceiling falling into your eyes.

A Bunnings team member drilling into a patio roof beam

6Screw in hook

Insert a screw anchor into each hole and screw in your chosen hooks, ensuring each one is secure.

A Bunnings team member securing a screw in a patio roof beam

7Attach hanging basket

Once the hook is secure, slowly and safely attach a hanging basket to each hook, one basket at a time. Release each basket slowly in order to ensure it is fully supported by the hook before moving onto the next basket.

Your hanging garden is now ready to enjoy. Don’t forget to keep a note of each plant’s watering cycle so they can thrive.

A Bunnings team member hanging a hanging basket from a roof mounted hook

8Create your own hanging garden

Ready to get started with your hanging garden? Explore our range of plants, perfect for your project.

A basket containing a potted plant hanging from a patio roof

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.