Cone Hanging Baskets
A relatively new trend in hanging baskets are the conical shaped or
cone hanging baskets.
Looking somewhat like an ice cream cone these cone planters simply look
great. Top planted or side planted, cones allow you to create dramatic
planting combinations as they carry on average 20% more soil than the
traditional basket and the cone’s shaft and pointed end adds a great
In this first photo you can see how side by side a traditional round
bottomed hanging basket and ONE of the newer conical shaped hanging
cones – this cone actually has squarer sides but still the same pointed
bottom or cone.
The cone baskets look striking as you can see in this second photo when
placed on mass. The cones also serve a decorative purpose if you have
chosen to grow more upright plants as seen here.
Cone baskets now come in a number of decorative styles. On the left
is one of our favorites a fern patterned cone basket and rigid chain. On
the right is the same cone with the easy to use pre-formed cone sphagnum
moss or Angel moss liner.
The cone basket looks great, and the rigid chain makes for easy
hanging and lifting. For more on the
easy to use rigid chain click here.
In these next two photos you can see a traditional hanging baskets
planted with dragon wing begonia – it forms a nice bal of color and as
the plants grow they actually hide the hanging basket.
Next to this you
can see the fern patterned cone basket top planted with dragon wing
begonia – it looks stunning and the decorative cone actually compliments
and actually enhances the begonia.
For more on begonias click here.
A great decorative effect has also been achieved in these next two
photos. This ivy geranium planted in this woven reed hanging cone look
great. The contrast of color and natural textures works really well and
the decorative cone add a great and complimentary visual element.
The same can be said for this petunia planted into stripped cone
Cones come in a number of different styles and sizes.
Moss and Twig Cone Hanging Baskets
Here are some of the most popular
These baskets have a wire frame and then the moss or moss and twig /
vines are actually woven onto the frame by hand. These baskets look
great, and really make a statement in style. A bonus is that in most
cases the cones allow for extra soil giving more room for your plants
roots to grow.
Angel Moss Lined Hanging Cones
Angel Moss lined hanging cones are also available. Angel Moss is
sustainably farmed in New Zealand and is then preformed naturally into
liners for these cones. You plant them dry then water and the moss then
swells naturally. One great benefit of Angel Moss liners is that they
hold 20 times their own weight in water which means the basket will not
dry out as quickly between watering.
Another great benefit is side planting. A wider basket with angel
moss lined cone is also available see the photo below to the left. These
spaces allow you to side plant your cone. For more on side planting
The cocofibre lined hanging cone next to it is more difficult to side
plant so is generally only top planted as in this photo. This is due to
the hard coco-fibre being pretty difficult to cut through.
Side planting allows you to create dramatic combination of plants,
flowers and foliage. One great idea for side planting a cone hanging
baskets is to consider planting the bottom and sides of the cone in
bright colored viola’s, or pansies, then planting the top with nice
upright foliage. Photo above shows an opposite combination where
green leaf plants are side planted and hydrangea are used for color on
Super-Sized Cone Baskets
Due to the enormous popularity of the cones, a super sized 24” cone
hanging basket is also available.
In this first photo a red cascading cordyline makes a stunning
feature. This basket is 3 years old and has been the source of much
admiration and a great many compliments for its owner.
For more on cordylines click here http://www.smgrowers.com/info/Cordyline.asp
You can see in this photo how large the baskets are when photographed
next to one of our team members – Peg Marston.
New Styles of Woven Cone Baskets
Every year or two new style of these cone baskets come to our
attention and when we find something we really like we test them, then
if we all agree that they are great, then we include them in our range
of products for sale.
Here is one of our new favorite cones which uses woven vines and
coco-fiber as shown below.
The cone craze is sweeping the hanging basket world. And naturally as
you would expect the people who make terracotta planters have picked up
on this exciting trend also.
Here you can see a single cone, and then a group of cones. They look
great. We suggest if you like the look of these that you paint the
inside of the cone before planting with a sealer – this is available
from any good garden center. The sealer will help prevent your hanging
cone from drying out.
The other suggestion we make is consider using sun loving drought
tolerant plants or even succulents in your terracotta cones.
Hot Colored Hanging Cones
These great Euro cones have recently been released and they are
indeed “hot”. With a vibrant range of colors and modern lines they can
really add a “wow” factor to porches, conservatories, under trees, or
anywhere else you would care to hang them.
They look great combined with Green –Bo garden planters. These over
the rail planters also come in a great range of bright colors and dress
up small and large spaces alike.
Stainless Steel Cone Baskets & Hanging Wall Planters
Stainless steel has certainly become a major trend in homes today –
from stainless steel appliances, to counter tops to tiles more and more
applications seem to pop up every month. So it should come as no
surprise that the garden community has also started to manufacture
garden planters, window boxes, wall planters and yes even hanging cones
in stainless steel.
Featured above is a stainless steel hanging cone.
So as far as fashion in the garden goes it certainly seems that cone
planters are making their mark.