Plants are a fantastic way to decorate and add a pop of colour and freshness to our homes. They’re easy to grow, and come in plenty of varieties to match any interior styling. Even with limited indoor space, you have several ways to display them: in vertical plant displays, terrarium homes, stacked shelves – or hanging planters!
The tops of walls and the ceiling are excellent locations for indoor hanging plants, since this way you’ll save space and create an eye-catching display. Hanging plants can add depth and charm to any space in your home – the living room, the kitchen, the patio, and even the bedroom!
The type of indoor hanging plant you choose will depend on several things, such as the style you’re going for, and the kind of container or hanging method you use. Hanging plants with trailing vines or ivy give off a very rustic aesthetic, while large-leafed plants are attention-grabbing. On the other hand, contained or airy indoor plants match a minimalist look.
To give you some inspiration for your own personal indoor garden, here are some of the best hanging plants for indoors!
1. Arrowhead Vine
With its large, arrow-shaped leaves, the arrowhead vine makes a great burst of vibrancy in a room. The common green variant is striking on its own, but they also come in shades of pink and burgundy for more colour! The vines will eventually grow long and dangle out of the pot, so remember to prune to keep them out of reach of curious pets – arrowheads can be toxic to animals. This hanging plant thrives best in humid conditions, so keep them in your kitchen or bathroom to liven up a small space.
2. Boston Fern
The feathered fronds of the Boston fern mean they’re perfect as hanging plants. Place these in a basket for a lush green-and-yellow display that makes a fantastic accent in your bedroom or living room. Boston ferns prefer humidity, but will tolerate drier conditions so long as you spray them frequently. Just make sure you leave plenty of space above and around them for proper air circulation, and make sure they get only indirect light!
3. Spider Plant
This is a classic hanging houseplant named for the way its long tendrils resemble our arachnid friends. The spider plant prefers shady spaces, and will cover plenty of horizontal space for a showy display. They’re also non-toxic to pets, so you can leave them hanging at eye level to make a room more dynamic. The bright green leaves will liven up any space with its unusual ‘fluffy’ look.
4. Bird’s Nest Fern
The leaves of a bird’s nest fern will change depending on its exposure to light – less sun means flatter leaves, while more will give them a ‘crumpled’ look! Just keep them out of bright light, which can bleach their colour. These are tropical rainforest plants, so they prefer humid conditions. Tip: try growing them out of wood or stone planters for a unique hanging plant display!
5. String of Pearls
This indoor plant is characterised by its pearl-shaped leaves that dangle out from its main body. The round foliage actually contains water, which helps the String of Pearls survive in drier conditions – this plant is actually a succulent! The ‘beaded’ strings look very dramatic while trailing out of a hanging pot, so hang this one higher up and let the String of Pearls put on a show. If you put in the work, it’ll even bloom with white flowers!
6. Devil’s Ivy
This is a creeping vine that works best in spaces with low light. With its ability to survive with little water and in any temperature, Devil’s Ivy is a perfect indoor hanging plant. Just grow it out of a hanging pot – preferably somewhere with plenty of height – and watch the ivy tumble down in a lush cascade. Try it as an accent for shelves away from windows; the contrast between the green leaves and the wood is gorgeous!
Philodendrons make for low-maintenance hanging plants, giving plenty of length while requiring minimal care. Small varieties – such as the Heart Leaf – are excellent to grow in a hanging basket for a tropical twist to your decoration! Hang these from the ceiling or a beam, or let them cascade down a dangling post for a more dramatic effect. Just keep their soil moist, and keep them out of direct sunlight.
8. Burro’s Tail
The thick textured leaves of this succulent are more resplendent the longer they grow. Burro’s Tail are some of the best indoor hanging plants since they’re easy to care for, able to tolerate dry periods and higher temperatures. Their leaves will fatten up when you water them, and will retain that moisture over time. Display these plants near windows to maximise their exposure to sunlight – and leave them high up so they have plenty of room to trail down!
9. English Ivy
Commonly found on the exteriors of stone or brick buildings, English Ivy can also thrive as indoor plants. You can opt to create an ivy wall, or go for a more contained look by letting them cascade from a hanging basket. English Ivy’s deep green leaves and trailing vines flourish best in roomy spaces with low light – and keep them trimmed if you don’t want them to get out of control, since these can grow quite long!
10. Maidenhair Fern
This indoor plant isn’t the most low maintenance, but its delicate foliage and light green colour will compliment many styles of indoor decor. They’re perfect for adding subtle vibrance, since they grow purple leaves under their fronds. Maidenhair ferns make great hanging plants for your living room or study, since the wispy leaves make for a soft accent to space. Just remember to spritz it a few times a week to keep it moist – it won’t tolerate environments that are too dry.
11. String of Hearts
The heart-shaped leaves of this indoor hanging plant provide a sweet display. The String of Hearts has beautiful foliage, with green-and-silver leaves sometimes accented with purple. As another succulent, this plant requires little care – just don’t let it get too much sun. Otherwise, simply suspend this somewhere high up, and let its trailing vines add a touch of romance to a room.
Yet another indoor hanging houseplant with heart-shaped leaves, the Peperomia looks great whether on a table or in a hanging planter. Feel free to mix and match colours to compliment your interior design – these plants come in green, red, cream, and even grey! Peperomia features two-toned textured leaves in a variety of patterns, which means endless combinations for your indoor hanging displays.
For those of us who love a floral aesthetic, orchids are the best indoor hanging plants to have in a room. Plant an orchid in a hanging basket and watch it bloom into a cascade of beautiful flowers that’ll brighten up any space instantly. Try using Spanish moss at the base of your planter to keep the plant roots moist, and keep them where there’s plenty of sun! Vanda, Cattleya, and Phalaenopsis Orchids are excellent options for hanging plants, adding a touch of class that anyone and everyone can appreciate.
14. Air Plants
Air plants (specifically, tillandsia) are the ultimate low-maintenance indoor hanging flora because they don’t need soil to survive. They’re perfect for displaying in glass terrariums or macramé plant holders, often with added accents and baubles for more colour. Dangle a whole collection of them from the ceiling for a pretty display in any room. Just remember to water once a week – despite the name, they don’t survive on air alone!
Besides the type of indoor hanging plants you choose, you also need to consider the materials and sizes of pots appropriate for each one. Do your research on each plant to check how it grows (vertically or horizontally) and how much water it needs to retain. Consider how much space you have, and in which room you’d like to display your dangling decor. Match it with your furniture for the full aesthetic. And don’t forget to regularly maintain your indoor garden – and consult a professional gardener if you need any tips!