Hanging planters are beautiful and growing in popularity. The styles of hanging planters are varied and modern, so it is no wonder that more and more people want hanging plants in their home.
But, once you have bought or made that beautiful retro, or modern, or fabulous hanging planter, what plants should you put in them? Which plants are easy to take care of, and will spill over the sides? Here is a list of some gorgeous options to add green to your home (and walls, and hanging from the ceilings)
The spider plant is super popular, easy to grow and care for, easy to propagate – I think they are one of the best indoor plant options for a beginner indoor gardener.
Spider plants look lovely in hanging planters or wall planters, as they are full, with drooping, thin leaves. They have lovely, variegated green leaves and fill out a hanging planter beautifully.The baby plants drop down, perfect for hanging.
Not only beautiful, spider plants are good for your! One of the indoor plants identified in NASA’s clean air study, the spider plant filters formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air. It is also non-toxic and easy to grow. They thrive in well-drained soil and bright, indirect light. Propagation is easy, too, as they naturally produce little baby spiders plants.
Three philodendrons made NASA’s list of plants that help filter indoor air. Philodendrons are great houseplants because they are very tolerant and durable. They can survive a bit of neglect and adverse conditions. This is the plant for me!
Philodendrons thrive with plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. They also like plenty of water, but let the soil dry in between waterings.
There are two types of philodendrons: climbing and non-climbing. The climbing varieties look lovely in hanging planters, with their vines growing up the hanger. Look for blushing and heartleaf philodendrons for your hanging planter.
My mom has had several Christmas cactus for as long as I can remember. They live forever! What a wonderful treat, though, to have long lasting blooms during the winter.
Christmas cactus are succulents, they can take a bit of neglect and still survive. But, if you treat them right, they will give you gorgeous color!
The Christmas cactus needs bright, mostly indirect light. They can survive in darker conditions, but will have fewer blooms. They require frequent watering, especially during spring and summer.
English Ivy is another plant from the NASA list of plants that help filter indoor air. The ivy will help filter benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from the air. This plant is a winner!
The ivy plants can climb well, using small roots that grow along their stems. These plants take well to hanging planters where you can let the vines tumble over the sides of the pot or climb the hanging ropes.
English Ivy grows well in shady areas and need enough water to keep the soil moist.
The Boston Fern will help filter formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from your indoor air, according to NASA.
Caring for the fern is a little more specific, but is worth the effort. The Boston Fern needs high humidity and indirect light. The soil should remain damp, and you can even provide a bit more humidity by misting the plant regularly.
A healthy Boston Fern looks gorgeous in a hanging planter, when the lush greenery spills over the sides.
The pothos plant is a great way to start your indoor plant collection. It is great for hanging planters, as it has lovely trailing vines and needs very little care.
Pothos thrive in low light or bright light conditions. They also thrive with little water, or very damp soil.
String of Pearls
String of pearls plant is growing in popularity lately. It looks great with hanging planters and wall gardens, since it grows in drooping vines. It is also very unique, as it has round, bead-like foliage along the vine.
The String of pearls is easy to grow, as it is a succulent, so thrives with less water. It does need bright light.
Kimberly Queen Fern
The Kimberly Queen Fern is beautiful indoors, as it provides dense greenery. The fronds grow mostly upright, but spill over the sides as well, making it perfect for hanging planters.
Another plant from NASA’s air filtering list, the Kimberly Queen Fern filters formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.
Easy to care for, the fern needs bright, indirect light. When watering, allow the soil to dry before adding water. Like the Boston Fern, it does need high humidity to thrive, so place a humidifier nearby, set it on a tray of pebbles and water, or mist regularly.
The Chinese Evergreen grows with broad, variegated leaves. When it fills out , it looks terrific in a hanging planter or flower pot indoors.
The Chinese Evergreen will help to filter benzene and formaldehyde from your indoor air.
This plant is another that is very easy to care for, as it is very durable, and can survive with little water or light.
Devil’s ivy is perfect for hanging planters, as it grows with long vines that drape over the sides of a pot.
This houseplant likes bright, indirect light and soil that is dry between waterings.
The Devil’s Ivy helps filter benzene, formaldehyde xylene and toluene from the air.
Don’t forget about herbs! Many folks like to grow kitchen gardens indoors and herbs are terrific indoor plants. Basil is our favorite, and can be grown indoors throughout the year and looks wonderful in a hanging planter. Just be sure to hang the planter low enough for regular clipping.
Other herbs that can be grown indoors include chives, mint, parsley, thyme,and cilantro, among many others!