Hanging baskets to bring the outdoors inside
Easy ways to add greenery to your home without cluttering surfaces.
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While once associated with twee “Best in Bloom” village displays, hanging baskets — or hanging planters — have had a makeover. As more and more of us understand the benefits of being surrounded by greenery, they’re the perfect solution if you want to bring plants into your home, and still leave surfaces free.
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When buying your hanging baskets do check whether they’re intended for indoor or outdoor use. The biggest difference is that those for outdoor use will probably have drainage holes in the bottom. So if you don’t want water dripping all over your floors and furnishings, look for baskets that are designed specifically for indoor use, or come with bungs to stopper the drainage holes.
Already got beautiful plant pots that you don’t want to go to waste but running out of clear surfaces? You need a planter holder. Often made from macrame, or cleverly constructed rope or metal designs, the idea is that you buy the hanger separately from the pot and so can still use your favourite pots, just as hanging ones rather than requiring space on a table or shelf. While most allow for a range of pot sizes, just do check before you buy that you’ve measured the pots that you intend to use and that they will fit.
For a natural, seaside feel for your hanging baskets, look for a jute or seagrass basket with a hook—these are more suitable for hanging from walls than suspending from ceilings but are a great way of hiding pots that are useful but don’t really fit your current colour scheme. Again, do measure to make sure your pots and the basket will work together.