What are the best indoor plants for hanging pots and shelves?

Quick Answer

Liven up your living space with leafy waterfalls! Hanging plants add gorgeous, trailing greenery that spills over pots and planters. Best picks for easy-going drama? Pothos, string of pearls, donkey's tail (that one's a looker!), spider plants, and classic English ivy. These beauties boast trailing or hanging stems and leaves, making them ideal for creating a lush, cascading effect in your home. Plus, they can thrive in a variety of indoor conditions with proper care.

Further Information

Hanging plants make you seem like a proper plant wizard. Lush greenery cascading down, filling up any boring corner... they're a total game-changer! Here at Houseplant.co.uk, we're obsessed with finding the coolest trailing plants, and we want to share our secrets for creating amazing hanging displays:

The Unkillable Superstars

  • Pothos (Epipremnum aureum): No wonder this is a favourite! Golden Pothos, Marble Queen... so many varieties, and they all handle a bit of neglect like champs. Light, shmight – they'll grow almost anywhere.
  • String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus): Those bead-like leaves are SO unique. This succulent loves sunshine and needs super well-draining soil to keep those pearls from getting mushy (gross!).
  • Burro's Tail/Donkey Tail (Sedum morganianum): Plump, teardrop leaves on long draping stems... looks amazing spilling over a basket. Give it loads of direct light and water only when it's REALLY dry.

Show-Off Plants (With a Bit More Fuss)

  • Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): You can't go wrong with a classic! Long arching leaves and those baby 'spiderettes' to give to friends. They can handle lower light, but love staying moist without getting soggy.
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix): Trailing stems, loads of leaf colours – the perfect quick fix for a bare corner. They tolerate low light, and pinching back the ends keeps them nice and bushy.
  • Philodendrons: Heartleaf, Brasil, Neon... tons of gorgeous trailing varieties out there! Keep them in bright indirect light, give 'em a regular drink, and those vines will take off.
  • String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii): Worth a bit of attention for those delicate heart-shaped leaves! Loves bright spots and prefers to dry out between waterings.

Hanging Basket TLC

  • Drainage is Non-Negotiable: Baskets without holes are a recipe for root rot! Choose ones designed for good airflow.
  • Soil Matters: Well-draining is a must, especially for succulents. Special mixes are easiest, or DIY with potting soil, sand, and perlite.
  • Water with Care: Baskets dry out faster than pots! Poke your finger in – if the top inch of soil is dry, give 'em a drink. Aim to water LESS in the winter when they're not actively growing.
  • Feed Me! A balanced liquid fertiliser in spring and summer keeps them happy and lush. Skip feeding during their dormant period.
  • Pest Patrol: It's easier to catch bugs early when they're dangling up high! Check often, and deal with any invasions quickly using neem oil or other gentle methods.

Want an Even Lusher Look?

  • Mix and match! Combine trailing plants with others that grow upright for a fuller, multi-textured effect.
  • Get creative with containers! Old pots, macrame hangers, even up cycled kitchen items can be amazing hanging baskets.

Your Hanging Basket BFFs

We're here to help you become a hanging plant pro! Hand-picked beauties, carefully packaged with eco-friendly materials, and speedy delivery to get your jungle vibes going ASAP. Need advice on picking the perfect plants or troubleshooting problems? The Houseplant.co.uk team is your plant-loving support crew!

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