We have been living together for almost two years now and it took us quite a while to get our home sorted and buy all the things that we wanted. Once we had finally finished our decorating and furnishing we started to look at nick nacks and nice things that we could buy to improve our home. I did see some hanging baskets in a 70% off sale and so I picked them up, complete with linings, but did not even think about brackets to hang them up at the time. It was quite a few months after my purchase that we begun discussing what we could plant in our hanging baskets and when we went to our local gardening centre we picked up some bulbs.
While shopping in the garden centre it occurred to us that we would need very strong brackets or fixings to hang these up as we are a few floors off the ground and obviously wanted our hanging baskets to be nice and secure to avoid any risk to properties or people underneath our home. We spotted these Tenax brackets designed for 16 inch baskets (or smaller) and they were just £4.00 each or 2 for £7.00. This seemed like a bargain to me and we promptly purchased two! To be honest we didn't pay much attention to them, we just picked them up and paid for them along with our other purchases and then they ended up in our cupboard up the sink for a week or two along with the bulbs!
These brackets look nice and sturdy and there was a covering over them showing us details about them and all the usual information that you would expect to find. Our brackets are the heavy duty version too just to give us that added extra piece of mind really.
When it comes to fitting these brackets you can have them hanging two different ways, we chose to have them hanging with the long straight arm running along the top of the bracket not the bottom so we can hang our baskets and then be sure that should there be a problem with it that there is another screw on the bottom too. Obviously you can hang this either way round depending on what you would like but we just prefer them this way! Although it did take us a good few minutes to decide together. The screws you need to fit these brackets don't come provided but fortunately my husband had what he needed and promptly installed them. This probably took him around 10 minutes and then they were secure and ready to use. The brackets have a coating to protect them against rust and so far ours have withstood all the rain we've had recently and still look great.
I must say that we were a little disappointed when we noticed that no fixings or screws came with this. Obviously we had the screws needed, as I already said, but its a shame to buy something and have to add extra items to it as I was initially worrying that we might use a slightly different sized screw than needed and potentially have them fall out however those fears have gone now as these brackets have been standing for months now with no problems at all. The screws have not needed to be tightened up yet and the brackets stand sturdy and strong holding our rather heavy flower baskets.
Overall I will rate this 4/5 and believe my husband would agree with me. The price of the brackets was reasonable, particularly as we wanted something strong and sturdy, and the only downside to these was the lack of screws or fixings. Apart from that the brackets are fantastic and they have stayed in place nicely, even during wind and rain constantly for a week! Our hanging baskets look fantastic and these brackets look very cool too and blend in nicely by our balcony.
We are surrounded by neighbours on two sides who have a terrible penchant for enormous, imposing, towering great pressure-treated wood fences.
I have done what I can to camouflage these monstrous garden features, by nailing up trellis, and by planting a huge variety of sometimes highly objectionably rampant 'self-climbing' vines hard up against them; this has the added advantage - through excessive plant growth - of potentially annoying my plant-hating neighbours almost as much as the empty expanses of ship-lap fencing they've erected dismays me.
The last section went up at the beginning of winter when the previous poorly-constructed and elderley fence blew down after the autumn gales. In this part of the garden there is no soil; only a badly concreted-over area that could probably be called a 'patio' - had the eejit who lived in our house previously had it put down properly, or bothered not to lay it on a significant down-slope. So, there's nothing to grow climbing plants in.
So, I have four new panels of heavy-duty fence, plus square-cut pillars to disguise, and there's nothing I can think of doing but hanging hanging baskets off them - although granted, that gives the back yard a distinct 'pub beer-garden' ambience.
The hanging baskets need brackets, which is where the Tenax brackets come in.
The first one I got cost £3.99 from the local independent outdoor shop; I thought that was a bit steep for one hanging bracket, so went to the chain garden centre for the others, where they cost £4.50 each - so heigh-ho, chalk that up to experience. I wanted a particularly robust type of bracket though - and this is apparently a heavy-duty version - as we have small kids about and hanging baskets can be surprisingly weighty things. Tenax supply a range of differently-sized brackets designed for use with differently-sized hanging baskets; the smallest being the version for 10 to 12 inch diameter baskets that we've acutally got (but they all look, and are effectively, exactly the same - only in ever increasing / decreasing size). Then there's a medium 14" size, and then a whopper for baskets at 16 inches which I suppose is best suited for hanging up municipal plantings, and for use in pub gardens proper, etc.
The brackets have a sort of double-ended hook for baskets at the business end that to my mind confuses the hanging-basket issue somewhat: which way up are you supposed to hang them? It appears to be with the bracket forming a right-angled triangle with the square angle uppermost, if we take our cues from the way the product is packaged; but I've definitely seen them hanging up the other way round too (so that the sloping arm runs downward from left to right). I suppose you have make your own decision, and I don't suppose it really matters, but still, this issue does sort of bother me. Have to chalk it up as one of life's eternal questions, I suppose, in the absence of any other more authorative information.
So, the brackets go up by means of two screw-fixings (not supplied), and are fairly easy to put up in place. They are made of wrought iron-looking stuff; it may actually be wrought iron, I don't know my ferrous metals well enough to differentiate between them, and in any case the brackets have a thick sort of plasticized paint / shrink-wrap coating (made of PVC) all over them to retard rusting.
The thing that would've improved this product from my point of view would be if it'd included two multi-purpose screws to fit it in with. Since my other half 'streamlined' the DIY shoebox the other day, I haven't been able to find a single thing - not even 'big tools' (fnarr, fnarr) and have had to resort to eg. using a rock to hammer nails in. I'll never be able to lay my hands on enough all-weather screws to be able to put the rest of the brackets I've bought up with.
I have a number of large hanging baskets dotted around the walls of my property and through the Summer they flourish. As they are very bulky and heavy I need very strong and secure wall fixings and the Tanex heavy duty hanging basket brackets do the job. They are capable of supporting 16" hanging baskets, and as they are secured to the wall by myself I know that they will stay put for the foreseeable future. Tanex sell these brackets to suit various sizes of hanging baskets, and as my baskets are large the 16" fitment is ideal. The bracket are made of a very sturdy metal construction, which is coated in PVC in a neat black finish.
The brackets are not unsightly, and with their dead straight upper support and their neatly turned lower arm the finish is well thought out. The ends of the bracket are ended with the metal being turned into hooks, and this is a nice finish to the metal brackets. The lower arm is also nicely turned where it meets the wall panel. The simplicity of these wall brackets are not to be underestimated, as they will hold a substantial weight comfortably. My 16" baskets can be full of water and they brackets hold their ground. Strong winds are no problem either - touch wood!
I would recommend these brackets to anybody looking for adequate wall fixings for their hanging baskets instead of settling for inferior products which either don't stand their ground to the weight, or their fixings aren't adequate enough. Priced at around the £4-5 mark in most good garden centres they are essential for hanging your baskets on for the Summer months. I leave mine attached throughout the year and they stand up to all conditions well.