How to Plant a Hanging Basket With an Angel Moss Liner

by Genevieve on May 21, 2012

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Years ago, when I worked at a local independent garden center (Hi, Miller Farms!), one of my favorite winter activities was creating moss baskets to sell. We used loose sphagnum moss to line the baskets, and stuffed the sides and tops with lettuces, annuals and herbs. It was a blast!

So when Discoveries in Gardening asked if I’d like to test out one of their hanging baskets with the Angel Moss lining, I was excited! Eliminate the messy and time-consuming process of soaking the loose moss and stuffing just the right amounts around the wire frame? Yes, please! More time for planting and chasing the kitties around the yard.

I made a quick tutorial on how I planted it up so you can see how easy the process is and feel inspired to make your own basket. They’re lovely hanging on a hook on the porch or in your front entry. I’m going to sink a post in the ground so I can hang my basket right in my garden bed for a little vertical interest – hopefully the fact that the post is made of wood will encourage the cats to use that as a scratching post instead of my poor tortured peach tree. (One can hope.)

Anyway, the process:

First, gather the ingredients:

  • Basket with moss liner and chain
  • Plants, preferably some that will spill over the sides (if you want to plant directly in the sides of a basket, get some six-packs because larger 4″ or quart-size plants won’t fit between the wires of most baskets)
  • Potting soil
  • Either Angel Moss Marbles or polymer crystals that help retain water (soak first or leave a little room in the basket as they will expand when wet)
  • Organic fertilizer, which slow-releases


Add a little soil and your moss marbles or polymer crystals, if using:

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Then plant the sides, by peeling back the Angel Moss lining (it peels like handmade paper or a soft-textured cardboard) and popping the root ball through the hole:

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What to do if your plants are too big to fit in between the wires? Gently but firmly smoosh the rootball with your hands to make it a different shape:

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Add fertilizer and more soil:

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This basket’s a cone shape, so in order to pot up the top, I just stuck the bottom of the cone into my bag of potting soil to keep it from falling over:

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In my basket, I used:

(I’ve also written about other planting ideas for hanging baskets in the past.)

After planting the top, you’re done! Easy, right?

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Want to create your own hanging flower basket? Discoveries in Gardening wants to get you started with your very own basket set, including the cone-shaped basket I used, an Angel Moss liner and a chain to hang it from. Just leave a comment to enter and I’ll pick THREE lucky winners at random on Wednesday May 30th. Continental US only. Good luck! EDIT: Salome, Terri and Starlet are the three lucky winners! Congrats, ladies! :)

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

BARBARA NOVAK May 21, 2012 at 5:37 am

Looks so sturdy and the cone shape makes this basket look like it should be mine.


Kristin May 21, 2012 at 6:12 am

I would love to win one and try it out for myself! Thanks for the opportunity at another giveaway!


Jessica May 21, 2012 at 6:52 am

They look beautiful!


ChrissyMN May 21, 2012 at 7:00 am

What a great idea! And a beautiful planter.


Sue Schwartz May 21, 2012 at 7:16 am

this would look great on my front porch where I sit way too long looking at gardening magazines !


Brian May 21, 2012 at 8:23 am

Looks like a straight forward project with a huge upside!


Mary May 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

I have an empty crook just waiting for some vertical color in such a lovely planter against a backdrop of tall evergreens.


Kamille May 21, 2012 at 10:05 am

I love hanging baskets and I’m really digging black and rusted metal planters these days so this basket would be great with the few plant metal plant stands I’ve acquired. Trailing succulents like donkey tails for me, please!


Karen May 21, 2012 at 10:32 am

Love the idea…thanks for the step-by-step photos. How does Angel Moss differ from Coir lining?


Karen McGrath May 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I always enjoy reading your blogs – great tips!


Evelyn Vincent May 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I love hanging baskets in the garden. The shape of this one, and the fact that you can plant down the side, makes it unique for metal hanging baskets – what a terrific design! By the way, your choice of plants in yours is quite nice. You can count me in on this giveaway. Thanks agin for making these available to us!


Amy R May 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Those calibrachoa are good performers, aren’t they? Love the profusion of blooms.


Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles May 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Oh please pick me. I am OBSESSED with hanging baskets!


Catherine May 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Your planter looks beautiful. I’d love to give one of these hanging planters a testdrive!


Kay May 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

One of these would look great on the lanai!


Sharon West May 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I love the name “Angel Moss Marbles”. Your basket is beautiful and will look more so as it fills out. The cone shape is unusal and attractive. Thanks for a chance to win one. Sharon West


Nicky @dirtandmartinis May 22, 2012 at 12:57 am

I love hanging baskets but have never planted in a cone shaped planter as you have shown. Yours is going to be beautiful!


Glenda Barton May 22, 2012 at 6:27 am

I love hanging baskets. This would be a great addition to my collection.


Jen. May 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

Oh, lovely. I can think of the perfect plants for that lovely basket!


Modern Mia Gardening May 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

I’m such a nerd that i never would have thought to punch holes in the sides to have plants cascading down. Thanks for the tip!


Claudia Paulling May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Great looking basket with a great combination of plants. Basket that I sure would love to have.


Ed Remsrola May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

That looks like a great way to make a colorful hanging basket – my wife would LOVE it if one of those was delivered to the door!


Dave May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Roses are red,
Violets are pink,
How do you water a cone shaped basket,
In the kitchen sink?


Maxus May 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm



Michell May 23, 2012 at 10:34 am

Pretty – and thanks for the tip about the moss marbles. I haven’t used those before.

*rolls dice*


Jim Vandegriff May 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Looks like a good system.


Lisa Finch May 24, 2012 at 7:51 am

I have some of the round baskets and tabletop planters that use the coconut coir lining. This looks much more interesting to me and I would love to try them!


KathyG May 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

Deep in my past gardening life I created moss hanging baskets, with all the hassle of dealing with loose moss. This looks way easier, and I actually love the shape and look of the basket. I would love to win one! Thanks, Genevieve, for another great contest.


Monica Topping May 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Love this! It’d look fabulous hanging on the sunny side of our house, right outside the frontroom window, too.

Thanks for the giveaways, Genevieve!


Nola Flynn May 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

This is a beautiful basket, much nicer than most baskets for hanging. I have used pansies and also bacopa in my baskets, they fill out nicely. Great job on the instructions


Carri May 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Very cute Gen! Wish it included having you come over at plant it for me too! haha!


Jaime May 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Gen, this looks great! Just remember, if I win, you can see it whenever you drive around Sunny Brae! :)


kim arnold May 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Love the food..flower combo! Pretty easy too.


Coco Thorpe May 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

What lovely things you’ve made! Hope to be a winner!


Terri May 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I love hanging baskets. I place them on hooks on the posts of the fence. I have a postage stamp lot and this gives me some vertical plantings. I also like them hanging on those shepherds hooks. I can never have enough of them. Reminds me of living wreaths, which are sharp too.

I’d definitely love one since I am penny pinching at the moment. ;)


Mary Lou Goodwin May 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Eureka Sequoia Garden Club would love to plant a hanging basket and then
raffle it to raise money to put in more baskets at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. Please chose us so we can green up and beautify Eureka.


Nicole May 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

I like the ones coming out of the sides. It’s like they’re trying to escape!


StarletStarlet May 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Yay – I’m so IN and please randomly pick me. I need the hanging basket. It would be my first one in ma home~


Linda May 26, 2012 at 6:12 am

Love moss baskets! Sometimes I buy a pre-planted plastic hanging basket, ease the root ball out, pop it into a moss basket, add soil as needed, and fertilize. Instant gratification!


Carolyn May 26, 2012 at 6:18 am

I am intrigued by the moss marbles.


Barb K May 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

This is a nice giveaway. Like the idea of making my own hanging basket. Never have tried before. It will give me ideas how to make one in the future.


Salome Honeycutt May 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

The hanging basket looks beautiful…Thanks for the giveaway.


Arlene May 28, 2012 at 6:03 am

Beautiful. These would brighten up any place.


Laura Cottrell May 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

I love these cone shaped containers. Would love to have one to plant up!


Deb Phelan May 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Exquisite baskets would love to add one to my home thanks so much!


Marie W May 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Just beautiful. Love the hint about adding moss marbles. Hopefully this will help with my hanging baskets. Thanks.


Plant Stands May 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

Lots of good tips and clear how-to’s…thanks.


Moureen May 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

Love the look of this planter. If I win, I think I will plant it with hummingbird favorites and place it outside my kitchen window. Then when I have to be inside I could watch the hummers and the gorgeous planter at the same time! Thanks!!!


Louise Hartwig May 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

There is always a place for a hanging planter. Yours is lovely.


Sue Hepner May 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

My mom would love this. We are creating a new spot in the shady area in her yard. I would love to bring some living color to the space.


cristin May 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Looks great! Love the shape


Rachael May 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

Lovely basket. Would be perfect on my balcony garden. ~wink wink~


Crystal May 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

These would be a wonderful addition to my deck!


Sara June 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

Great tutorial! These baskets are very pretty in patios and balconies!


susan selcke July 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm

if anyone knows where the moss marbles are available, please comment. A store here stopped carrying them, after having done so for years. They said that did not sell well. I guess not many people knew what there were for. I have for many years.(brag) :)


shelley bart April 11, 2014 at 9:51 am

it appears as if this liner supplies more moisture than the coconut liners- is this the case?


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