Make cluttered shelves and tabletops a thing of the past by Hanging Plant your houseplants from the ceiling and walls. The following varieties and their trailing stems, drooping leaves, and gracefully shaped forms will make the best use of your home’s vertical spaces.
Also known as common ivy, English ivy (Hedera helix) is grown both indoors and outdoors in the garden for its lush, glossy leaves. It is one of the best indoor plants for low light but it will do better in bright light. It comes in many varieties that offer different leaf shapes and colors.
This small houseplant gets its name from the small rounded leaves that cover its delicate, trailing stems. Baby’s tears (Pilea depressa) will grow rapidly, like a curtain hanging over a hanging plant.
Rows of small, dense leaves on narrow stems make burro’s tail (Sedum morganianum) one of the most unique succulents to grow indoors. This low-maintenance and drought-tolerant houseplant is often confined to tabletop planters, but it really shines when its stems hang from a hanging pot.
The glabrous, narrow leaves get the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) its name. This popular indoor hanging plant adds a lush jungle feel to a bright room, thanks to its spring-like blooms and the swaying stems of baby plants that send it out from its center.
The large, heart-shaped leaves of arrowroot vine (Syngonium podophyllum) add a tropical touch to any room. This indoor hanging plant thrives in moisture, so it works especially well in the bathroom or kitchen—but keep it out of your pet’s reach, as it can be poisonous when eaten. Arrowhead grapes come in shades of green, pink and burgundy.
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) foliage adds instant greenery to indoor spaces. Remember that this fern likes moisture, so it should be sprayed with water daily to prevent the leaves from drying out, especially in winter.
Bird’s Nest Fern
Add a modern decor by hanging bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus) by the window. Its beautiful, curved leaves change shape depending on the amount of light exposure – but keep it out of direct sunlight, which will cause the leaves to crisp and yellow.
It’s easy to grow pothos (Epipremnum aureum), since they are adaptable to most growing conditions. Its long trailing foliage is perfect for hanging plants, and for added interest, you can find varieties with variegated or golden leaves.
Another super easy houseplant to grow, philodendrons don’t mind low light levels and will easily bounce back if you forget to water them occasionally. Be warned: you may have trouble choosing philodendrons, as there are many beautiful varieties with different colors and leaf shapes.
Chenille plant (Acalypha hispida) makes an immediate impression. Fuzzy red flowers trail down deep green foliage, earning the houseplant the name red-hot cat’s tail. Take advantage of this plant’s dynamism and hang it anywhere that needs a little color. Prune your chenille plant to keep it healthy, and give it as much light as you can.
Beautifully tufted, delicate-looking leaves make the maiden hair fern a wonderful hanging plant. However, some indoor environments are too dry for this fern, so be more aware of your watering habits. Maintain humidity levels with a humidifier or by misting the leaves daily.
String of Pearls
String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) is a distinctive hanging plant due to its thin, round leaves each long, string-like, like pearls on a necklace. The pearls on this unique succulent are actually filled with water to help it survive periods of drought.
String of Hearts
Indeed one of the most beloved choices for an indoor hanging plant is the wire of hearts (Ceropegia woodii). Its thin, trailing stems bear small, variegated green and silver heart-shaped leaves with purple markings. Pull your heartstrings from a higher place and let love grow.
Sometimes called the baby rubber plant, peperomia is an easy houseplant to grow for beginners. There are many varieties of this plant, and each one has flowers of different colors and patterns. Some feature a more upright form, while others trail their stems over the edges of their containers.
In nature, moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) are placed in the branches of trees, but you can create the same effect by hanging them in your home. Any well-lit room will benefit from their beautiful flowers. Create this hanging orchid planter for a modern take on orchid display.
This is not your ordinary fern. Staghorn ferns have thick, broad leaves that never fail to make a statement. Mount it on a wooden board to hang on the wall or assemble it into a kokedama that you can hang from the ceiling.
Since they belong to the bromeliad family, air plants don’t need soil to grow, which makes them easy to display in creative ways. These wispy plants work well in glass capsules, hanging on walls, or in macrame plant hangers.