This post shares all about how to hang flower pots on a fence, specifically how to use pot clips to hang terracotta flower pots on deck posts, fence posts, and just about any other secure surface you can think of!
How to hang flower pots on a fence
Today I am sharing all about how to hang flower pots on a fence, deck, or just about any other vertical wood surface—specifically how to hang terracotta flower pots. Terracotta flower pots are so cheap, easy to paint if you want to, and come in a variety of sizes to meet all of your gardening needs. I love buying cheap pots and painting them to give them an extra something.
But sitting them around your yard can be a bit boring, and it can get crowded. Especially if you’re a small-space gardener like I am. And the best way to maximize space is by going vertical! I do this using pot clips.
There are a variety of options out there for how to hang flower pots, including something like this flower pot ring that is sleek and beautiful but a bit pricey. Don’t get me wrong, I love this look, but I also love budget-friendly options, and I have a lot of hanging pots! So, pot clips it is.
5 reasons I use pot clips to to hang flower pots on a fence, the deck, and more.
1. Pot Clips are cheap.
You can buy Pot Clips in multipacks online, and the ones I’ve ordered come with their mounting hardware (just a screw that fits perfectly through the holes). The clips and screws were both silver. You can paint them, but they are mostly hidden behind the pots and plants anyway.
Amazon has a variety of options you can choose from, but these look like a great cost-to-number ratio. Great reviews, too. (I’d recommend the ones I have specifically, but I’ve had them for so long I can’t find the seller, and they all seem pretty much the same, which brings me to my second reason I love pot clips…
2. They are durable and last.
I have had my pot clips for several years. They have also been in use for several years. I originally bought them when we lived in an apartment and I made a vertical balcony garden. I also used some around the same time for a hanging indoor succulent planter.
They have made it through several years, including sitting out in the elements all winter, and they are showing no signs of wear. I am extremely happy with how well they have held up! And my pots have never fallen off of them, even during hail storms with crazy wind.
3. They are unobtrusive.
The way the pots hang on them can obscure most of the clip. Especially once your plants really get going. This gives a bit of a suspended look that I love. I have on the HVAC unit fence, as well as stacked four tall on my deck posts. As a bonus, when I start watering at the top, the water drains down into the pots below. Nice!
One tip, though. Some terracotta pots vary slightly in lip size. Bring a clip with you to the store to check and make sure the lip is thick enough to fit securely in the clip. The ones I got from Joann Fabric didn’t fit super securely, but the cheap ones from hardware stores and nurseries fit great.
4. They are easy to use.
You just need a drill and a suitable surface to drill in to. Mounting them to hang pots on fences or deck posts and railings is super easy and just takes a few seconds. Wood is obviously the easiest substrate to mount them into, but if your drill can handle concrete, you can drill into that, too.
One thing to remember: If for some reason you are using these indoors on drywall, you’ll need to drill into a stud or use a drywall anchor to ensure you get a sturdy mount.
5. They are versatile.
I have used my pot clips on a variety of indoor and outdoor projects. Right now I have eight pot clips lined up on my deck posts, three on our DIY AC unit cover, and one on our shed (had one left—couldn’t resist!)
As I mentioned previously, I also used them on a vertical balcony garden, which was a super helpful way to maximize vertical space in a small footprint. I also used them on a faux succulent planter I worked on for DecoArt, as well as a faux succulent holder on the DIY wooden key rack I made. They really are so versatile!