Shepherd’s Hooks Guide

Shepherd’s hooks feature a rounded hook-shaped hanging arm for displaying hanging basket planters. At the base of the shepherd’s hook, you’ll find two stakes attached to a horizontal bar that make it simple to install the shepherd’s hook. Choose a shepherd’s hook that is sturdy enough to support the weight of the planter when the soil in the planter is wet and tall enough to suspend the planter at the desired height above the soil.

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Select a site in the garden for the shepherd’s hook. The two stakes should not disturb the roots of surrounding plants and the hook and hanging basket should not obstruct the view of other plants. A bare spot in the flower bed or a raised mound can work. Additionally, the site you select should fulfill the sunlight needs for the plant you will suspend from the shepherd’s hook.

2

Set the shepherd’s hook in place in the designated spot of your garden. Check the side of the shepherd’s hook with a level to ensure it is perfectly plumb so the hanging basket hangs down with weight evenly distributed on all sides of the basket.

3

Place your foot on the horizontal bar that connects the two bottom stakes and step down firmly to drive the stakes into the ground. The horizontal bar should rest on the soil when the hook is fully installed. Place your foot long-ways on the foot peg rather than perpendicular so the stakes are pushed evenly into the ground. If you hit any rocks, you’ll have to remove the rocks before you can push the stakes fully into the ground.

4

Hang the hanging basket over the hook end of the shepherd’s hook. Adjust the length of the chain, if needed, so the basket hangs at the desired height above the soil. You can usually just unhook the chain and attach it to the basket through another link, but you can also cut through the chain with wire cutters if you’d rather not leave extra chain hanging on the side of the basket.

PEND a week or two touring British flower gardens, and you’ll come home with a whole new appreciation for how climbing plants can enhance a garden. Everywhere you turn the walls are covered with roses and climbing hydrangeas; the trees and shrubs are threaded with clematis; pergolas, arches and fences are draped in honeysuckle and ivies; obelisks and tripods are woven with sweet peas, morning glories and thunbergia; passion vines, jasmine, mandevillea and bougainvillea fill pots and planters of every shape.

Here is a brief review of the options. A couple things to consider first:

  • Choose supports that are sturdy enough for the vines you want to plant. Supports should be made of weatherproof materials (such as galvanized or powder-coated steel, painted or treated wood), especially if you are planting a perennial vine.
  • Also think about whether you want the support — as well as the plant — to be a decorative garden feature, or if the support’s only job is to show off the plant. Decorative plant supports can serve as interesting focal points in the garden (arbors marking an entryway, an obelisk marking the end of a pathway), or can provide a sense of enclosure by screening views and/or delineating boundaries (fences, trellis panels, walls, pergolas).

And last, think about what kinds of plants you want to grow. A climbing rose requires a different type of support than a sweet pea; pole beans need a different support from a tomato or cucumber plant. To learn more about which types of supports suit which types of plants, read How Plants Climb.

 

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