When you live in an apartment, space is valuable and window real estate is often limited. In my place, there’s one small sunny window, and I do my best to crowd as many plants as possible in front of it, but I can still only fit four, and that’s just not nearly enough. The solution? Hang ’em up. There’s always plenty of ceiling space you’re not using.
Here are 17 hanging plants to bring nature into your apartment.
1. Baby’s Tears
You often see baby’s tears (Helxine soleirolii) in terrariums due to its delicate little leaves and low-growing tendency. But before you pop it in your fairy garden, know that it spreads quickly and will waste no time in covering up your ceramic toadstools, stretching its vines for the rim of the bowl.
But the same characteristics that demand frequent trimming in a confined space make baby’s tears an excellent choice for a hanging planter. Baby’s Tears are one of the easier hanging plants to get you into the trend.
2. Burro’s Tail
Burro’s tail (Sedum burrito) is a succulent with stems for fleshy leaves that hang in long braids over the rim of the pot, making it an excellent candidate for elevation.
It also loves the hot, dry air that tends to collect up near the ceiling. Give it a spot where it gets plenty of sunshine and err on the side of caution when watering – it can tolerate periods of drought and too much moisture will rot the roots. One of the usual hanging plants you see in homes.
3. Spider Plant
Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are a no-brainer for hanging plants. The long, slender leaves naturally droop around sides of the pot for a cascading effect that’s annoying if the pot is set on a windowsill, but beautiful if it’s hanging in the air. And if you’re adopting your first-ever houseplant, you couldn’t choose an easier specimen.
4. English Ivy
English ivy (Hedera helix) is the creeping vine that you’ll see covering brick walls on the campuses of historic colleges.
Actually, it’s not a good idea to plant English ivy outside because it’s pretty much unstoppable once it gets established and can become invasive—but it’s a great option for a trailing hanging houseplant. Plant English ivy in well-draining soil, making sure the soil is dry to the touch before watering, and hang it in a sunny window.
5. Arrowhead Plant
Arrowhead plant (Nephthytis) has large, textured heart-shaped leaves that won’t go unnoticed. Like many plants that do well in hanging planters, arrowhead plant is a vine that trails off the edge of the pot.
You can even try wrapping the wandering stems along the edge of a bookshelf or the top of the window to create an indoor jungle. It likes humidity, so mist it daily or hang it in the bathroom, being sure to keep it away from direct sunlight.
6. Bridal Veil Plant
The dark green and purple foliage of a bridal veil plant (Gibasis geniculata) is sprinkled with pearl-like white flowers.
It’s a good choice for indoor hanging planters for its cascading foliage and love of indirect light (though you can also hang it under a porch roof in summer if you like, bringing it back indoors at the end of the season). Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch or you’ll risk drowning the roots.
7. Indoor Ivy
Indoor ivy like Algerian ivy (Hedera canariensis) and Persian ivy (Hedera colchica) are typically planted in hanging baskets. The most common issue that people have with growing vines is either not watering enough or overwatering the plant. Make sure that the bottom of the pot has a drainage hole to prevent root rot.
8. American Flame Flower
The American flame flower (Episcia cupreata), also known as carpet plant, has cascading leaves that are green and bronze in color. An ideal plant for hanging baskets, its blooms are yellow, white, blue or red. To encourage more growth, pinch the flowers back after they’ve finished blooming. One of my favorite hanging plants.
9. Red Ivy
The red ivy (Hemigraphis alternata) is in the foliage category for hanging plants that like to spread out on the bottom of the basket. Its leaves are silver colored on the top and purple underneath. It’s white flowers bloom in the spring and throughout the summer.
One of the more versatile indoor hanging plants, the pothos is one of the houseplants that can purify and clean the air. It absorbs and strips toxins, like formaldehyde, which is present in cushions and carpets. They enjoy a variety of environments and do best when placed in low light.
11. Jade Plant
The Jade plant (Crassula ovata) is an exceptionally robust hanging basket plant and is easy to grow and maintain. They are considered good luck symbols, making them a great addition to your home office. It is not only an excellent hanging plant, but also is one of the best low light houseplants. With proper watering and maintenance, jade plants can last for at least 20 years.
12. Dumb Cane
One of the hanging plants that is tropical in nature, the dumb cane (dieffenbachia) thrives in dry climates. They are incredibly adaptable to a variety of different kinds of lighting and soil conditions, and you can grow them in pots as well as hanging baskets. Like with most houseplants, too much moisture can spell trouble.
13. Peace Lily
Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) are popular choices for indoor basket hanging plants. Like the pothos, the peace lilies will clean indoor air, removing contaminants like benzene and formaldehyde. They are evergreen perennial plants that will bloom every year and don’t require much water or sunlight.
14. Snake Plant
The snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata), also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, is easy to grow and requires little maintenance. They are incredibly tolerant and can survive in drought and low light levels. They are also great for keeping the air inside your home clean by removing toxins. Sidenote: Do not confuse the snake plants with hostas one of many easy to grow perennials, as the leaves look very similar.
15. Heart-Leaf Philodendron
The heart-leaf philodendron is best known for its dark green, heart-shaped leaves. They are easy to grow foliage hanging plants that prefer to be in direct sunlight but does well in just about any kind of light. It is especially flexible, allowing it to be placed anywhere throughout your home.
These hanging plants are known for their ornamental foliage. They are easy to grow and are one of the smaller houseplants, so you don’t need a lot of room. They thrive in medium or bright sunlight and are drought tolerant.
17. Shamrock Plant (Oxalis regnellii)
This stunning perennial plant not only makes a great hanging plant but is edible as well. The bright purple leaves make it a beautiful ornamental plant in nature. It requires full, bright sunlight and cold temperatures to grow. One of the more stunningly beautiful indoor hanging plants.