Indoor plants are interior designers go-to for bringing a dull room to life and bringing a bit of the outdoors in. They compliment so effortlessly that even the untrained decorator can come across as a designer expert (as the French would say) with a few well-placed plants.
But despite all their charm and the fact they help make our air cleaner, plants do have one limitation: space.
Upon this realization, that’s when one simply ought to crane their neck up and consider all that blank space just below their ceilings overflowing with design potential.
It’s becoming increasingly popular to hang your indoor plants these days—even if your surface tops are still bare. It’s just cool, ok?
But not all plants were created equal. Some plants rock the hanging look, others…not so much. It’s all about balance and knowing which hanging plant works in what room and in with which style of hanging planter.
So before you go and simply plop your hanging plant onto any old side table in any old room, consider all the wonderful ways you can hang your plants and show them off in various rooms.
Ways You Can Show-off Hanging Plants
- Hanging on a good old fashioned hanging basket
- Hanging by a ceiling rope hanger
- Inside terrariums
- On ladder plant stands
- Inside vertical wall hangers
- Suctioned onto your windows
- Stuck to your fridge with a magnet planter
- Hanging upside down with an upside-down planter
Suggested Types of Hanging Plant per Room
|Room||Suggested Types of Hanging Plant|
|Living Room||Expressive, long vines, colorful|
|Bathroom||Tropical (low light / low water plants)|
|Kitchen||Tropical, small & cute, practical (e.g. herbs)|
|Dining Room||Greenery, expressive|
|Bedroom||Greenery, small, minimalistic|
But before choosing a spot for a hanging plant, it’s important to factor in how much light your chosen plant needs: bright, medium or low-light.
“Plants with brightly colored foliage need more light than others” Claire Nowak over at Reader’s Digest advises. “Because light is more intense in summer than in winter, you may need to move sun-sensitive plants in hot months.”
Since some hanging plants require more water than others, also keep in mind how easy it is to access them. Keep a small ladder at hand, or utilize a firm side table to stand on when watering those more difficult to reach plants, and consider only choosing plants that require watering once per month.
To make your pots hold water longer Claire Nowak also instructs to “tuck a damp sponge into the bottom of the pot before filling with soil.” She then explains that “it will act as a water reservoir and may help prevent a gusher if you accidentally overwater.” Now that’s a handy tip!
But that’s all for the general tips now, I really wanted to share some of these specific hanging plants with you guys.
They’re all pretty low maintenance which means you don’t have to try very hard to keep them around. Sounds pretty great right? So check them out and let me know what you think!
Quick Note: It may seem obvious not to eat these plants, but just make sure that they’re kept out of reach from small children (who are apt to put things in their mouth) and curious pets. Some of these hanging plants can be toxic if consumed.
1. String of Pearls
Found from A Home Full of Color
The Catholic plant because it looks a bit like a Rosary, the String of Pearls looks pretty amazing. In fact, it might just be my favorite one in this bunch. It’s definitely unique and an eye-catcher.
Very easy to take care of, it only requires that you leave it in bright indirect light and keep the soil moist.
2. Asparagus Fern
Found from Electric Trends
The Asparagus Fern definitely has a unique, cool look to it. With stems reaching upwards and hanging down towards the ground, it’s a bright way to make your living or dining room look nice and airy.
It only requires that you put it in indirect light and give it plenty of water (but don’t oversaturate).
3. Heartleaf Philodendron
Found from Sally Rosie
Whether you’re putting it by your bed, or in the living room, your place will definitely look like one of those trendy rooms on Pinterest.
Best of all, it’s super easy to take care of since in nature it grows under tree canopies, making its transition to indoors quite natural. In my opinion, the perfect place for this plant is the bathroom!
4. Pothos / Devil’s Ivy
Found from Emily Billings and Jaime Kowal
Found from Little Green Friends
Sometimes called Devil’s Ivy because it’s almost impossible to kill, this trending and easy-to-manage plant can suit any part of the home.
Pothos leaves can grow very long which make it great as a hanging plant and its leaves can sometimes have multiple colors, which would make it a great feature for the living room.
5. Boston Fern
By Miss Crooks and Apartment Therapy
If your home has some humidity, then you’ll love this awesome hanging plant since it’s great for purifying the air. Vibrantly green, it’ll definitely brighten up any room in the home.
This plant just begs to be put in the living room!
6. Spider Plant
Found from Decor Demon
As a toxin filtering plant, you can keep your home’s air clean for yourself and/or the family with a hanging spider plant that looks gorgeous in a hanging basket.
A great plant if you can be quite a neglectful owner, that’s actually what makes this quick-growing plant so popular.
Since it doesn’t like too much or too little moisture and likes moderate indirect sunlight, I suggest putting this in your kitchen or living room (to maximize the cleaner air benefits).
7. English Ivy
Found from Lauren Conrad
Now the English Ivy is one of the most air-purifying indoor hanging plants you can have. It’s a stunning plant that looks amazing hung up and thrives in cooler temperatures with moist soil.
It needs bright light and prefers to be ever-so-slightly on the drier side, so the living room or dining room is a great spot for it.
8. Chinese Money Plant
One of the trendiest plants out there with its coin-shaped leaves, this versatile little plant is low maintenance and only needs to be watered about once per week.
A word to the wise, it prefers avoiding direct sunlight.
What’s pretty cool is that you can replant the offshoots of this plant that form on the base of its stems!
9. Fish Hook
Found from New Darlings
I seriously love this hanging plant for its unique look. Instead of having full large leaves, it almost resembles fish hooks. Definitely check out how New Darlings showcases this awesome plant.
“The Fishhooks likes to live in a bright to high light spot, like near a south or west window,” Nell from Joy Us garden recommends. “Just be sure to keep it away from hot glass or prolonged exposure to hot summer sun because it’ll burn.”
10. Lipstick Plant
Found from New Darlings
Sourced from Mokkie
New Darlings also has another one I’d never heard of until recently called the Lipstick Plant. With creative potting and hanging, you can make your living room look great with this one. It looks classy in a traditional basket!
Requiring bright indirect light, when you water it just make sure the top layer of soil is dry first.
Whether you’re trying out plants based off of Pinterest inspiration, or you were born with a green thumb, hanging plants are great for almost anyone.
So many of them are low maintenance, so if you’re busy or you easily forget things (like me!), then you don’t have to worry about killing them.
Now if you have any questions about these hanging plants, let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to help you out!
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10 thoughts on “10 Hard to Kill Hanging Plants That’ll Make Your Home Look Amazing”
Boston fern sheds so many leaf parts. Kimberly Queen has the same look without shedding and holds up better in cold or heat.
Cool! Thanks for the tip Bj. 🙂
Hey, so late to the blog but me and my wife are really looking to brighten up our house with some plants but, I am afraid of how to style everything. Dont want our house to look like a jungle but also dont want it to be, “wow that’s a random plant.” feel. Any tips or websites to help us with?
What’s the difference between Devil’s Ivy & Pothos. Looks the same.
Hi, love your ideas. Does the pencil plant do well in Mountain temps that are cool indoors? and what about lighting,
can it handle light from windows in an RV? I had one in south TX and it was planted outside it did great, grew like crazy
but we have moved to the north GA mountains, Smokies, now I’m having to learn all new ways of indoor plants.
Any suggestion on the pencil tree?
Hey Chris! I know that the pencil plant thrives in a milder temperature. So if you know that it’s going to get pretty cold up in the mountains, then it might not be the best for it.
What is the best port for a hanging plant? Obviously watering you would want something with a catcher or something? Or would you do a pot without a hole? May be a silly question, I am so new to anything green…
If the planter will be inside your home, then I’d try one that has a catcher. But if it’s outside, then you can totally do one with a hole. 🙂
Hi Silas and Grace,
This! This is exactly the advice I need! I cannot keep a peace lily for anything! I even killed a succulent. I need plants that don’t need a lot of TLC if they want to make it in my house. 😉
I’m so glad I could help you out Stephanie! 🙂