Rustic Sphagnum Moss Hanging Planter

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Today I’m creating a rustic sphagnum moss hanging planter. When I was pregnant with my first child, we moved into a house right next door to my older sister. Her home was situated on 5 acres of land with tons of beautiful plants and trees. Our property was just under 1 acre, with many mature trees including pear, crab apple, lilac bushes and more. This is really the first place I practiced gardening and have loved it ever since.

Rustic Sphagnum Moss Hanging Planter

colorful hanging flower basket  ~ Rustic Sphagnum moss planter ~

One of the fun garden projects my sister introduced me to was making baskets from sphagnum moss. Today you can easily find baskets with husk liners and even some with moss, which was unheard of back then. However, it is still a nice way to create your own garden art, and one I would like to share with you today.

Materials  ~ Rustic Sphagnum moss planter ~

The Materials
Wire hanging basket
Sphagnum moss ( I used a little less than 2 bags of .25 cu ft)
Trailing & low growing plants (I used trailing verbena, ivy geranium, pink impatiens, and alyssum)
Potting soil

sphagnum moss soaking in water  ~ Rustic Sphagnum moss planter ~

All you have to is soak the moss in water for about 5 minutes.

Next grab handfuls of the moss and squeeze out the water and line the basket.

Sphagnum lining the basket ~ Rustic Sphagnum moss planter ~

Then poke holes around the sides and insert your plants adding potting soil around the roots to secure them in place.

Add some additional plants on top and fill in with potting soil.

Water well and hang.

 Colorful hanging plant basket ~ Rustic Sphagnum moss planter ~

It’s quick and easy and I really like the rustic country look. You can also make a similar hanging herb garden with sphagnum moss. As the plants grow and fill in feel free to trim them to keep the planter looking nice and tidy. This particular basket is earmarked for the baby I delivered in that house, who just moved into her own first home.


Note: If you live in a very warm climate or have unseasonably hot weather this one will dry out quickly. Spray it with a hose or fill up a large tub and sink the entire basket in the water.


This rustic sphagnum moss hanging planter tutorial is easy to make. All you need is the moss, some soil and a few plants to achieve the look.

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Love this project – i recently started making planters because my garden is pretty much sitting in water overload; we’re calling May monsoon season. Your planter is going to be really neat when it grows out. Love the color combination and variety. Carole

  2. So pretty! I can’t wait to see it grown out.

  3. Beautiful basket! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Where did you purchase sphagnum moss?
    You will have to show it when it matures.

    • Hi Linda,

      I bought the moss at Home Depot in the garden center. There’s a pic of it the post. It comes in a rectangular block. I gave the basket to my daughter. I’ll ask her to send me a pic in a month or so and post it.
      Thanks for stopping by,

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