There are so many ways to create homes for our plants! We can display them on space-saving ladder plant stands, stick them in tiny terrarium homes or just plop them on top of a side table. Small indoor plants are a great option if you’re tight on space, but they’re not always the best answer if your floors and tabletops are filled to the brim. The solution? Look up! Chances are that you have lots of unused ceiling space that’s overflowing with potential.
Many types of plants work in hanging planters, but not all of them look good in them. That’s why we rounded up some of the best indoor hanging plants to help you pick the ones that work best for your own style. Bushy, trailing ivy plants work best if you’re looking for a show-stopping plant for your living room. Airier plants, on the other hand, are better if you don’t want to maintain long leaves and prefer a minimalist look.
In addition to plants, there are also lots of containers and hanging methods to choose! You can create a trendy macrame hanger to hold your plant or group a few together for a hanging indoor garden. To get some ideas and learn more about the best hanging plants for your home, take a look at our list and styling tips below.
Best Indoor Hanging Plants for Your Home
1. Air Plant (Tillandisa)
Air plants are the perfect low-maintenance plant to keep anywhere since they don’t need soil to survive. Most people like to hang air plants in glass terrariums filled with colorful accents and trinkets. Keep your plant in a spot with good air circulation and plenty of bright light.
2. Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
Arrowhead plants are also known as arrowhead vines or five fingers. All of these names are derived from the changing shape of the plant’s leaves. The leaves start off as an arrowhead shape and eventually grow a few “fingers.” The plant will grow into a long vine over time, so refrain from trimming the leaves to allow them to grow nice and long for a hanging basket. You can find these plants in shades of green, pink and burgundy. Arrowhead plants like humid conditions, so they’re great plants for the bathroom or kitchen.
3. Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
These plants are epiphytes in the wild, meaning that they can latch onto other plants to grow. The shape of their leaves depends on the amount of sun they get. More sun exposure will give their leaves a scrunched up look and less sun will flatten out their leaves. Less sun is usually better because overexposure turns them yellow. Since they originate from tropical rainforests, bird’s nest ferns also love humidity. This makes them another great plant to keep in the bathroom since the humidity in the environment closely resembles that of the wild.
4. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Boston ferns prefer humid temperatures but tolerate lower humidities. Their feathery fronds make them a beautiful sight to see when they’re housed in a hanging basket. However, make sure you keep these plants far from the top of the ceiling to allow proper air circulation. Boston ferns are great for purifying the air and are safe for pets, so they’re a great plant to keep in the bedroom or living room.
5. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)
These hanging houseplants are succulents,which means that they can tolerate long periods of time without water and prefer lots of sunshine. Their thick and fleshy leaves are common for the succulent family since they allow them to retain water over time. These indoor hanging plants do best in rooms with lots of space where they’re free to trail down without bumping into anything.
6. Chenille Plant (Acalypha hispida)
Chenille plants grow quickly and can reach great lengths if given proper care. In its native habitat, this plant can grow as tall as 15 feet! However, this plant only grows up to 6 feet when grown domestically. Pruning back these hanging plants promotes new growth and is ideal if you want to keep them long and healthy. The plant’s fuzzy red flowers, which are actually a bunch of pistils clustered together, make a big splash and are great change of pace from the common all-green houseplant. Given their colorful nature, this plant is ideal for entertaining areas that need a pop of color.
7. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
The golden pothos sports an elegant look thanks to its variegated golden-yellow leaves. Give your pothos a moderate amount of light to bring out its colors. This is one of the best indoor hanging plants you can keep in your bedroom since they purify airborne toxins, which helps you breathe easier and get a better night’s sleep. Take a look at our pothos plant care guide to see how to properly care for this plant.
8. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English ivy is a common plant you’ll normally see covering stone or brick walls on building exteriors. You can duplicate this same effect in your home to create a beautiful ivy wall. For a more contained look, you can let the leaves dangle loose from a hanging basket. These showy indoor hanging plants are best for places in your home where your guests can admire their elegant vines. English ivy is also best for rooms with lots of space since they grow very long.
9. Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum)
This gorgeous indoor hanging plant derives its name from its delicate look. It grows purple leaves underneath its light green foliage. This is the perfect plant to keep in the living room because of their charming, feathery fronds. Keep these in a humid and evenly lit spot in your home.
10. Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes)
Pitcher plants became carnivorous for survival since their native soil lacked proper nutrients. They prefer clean water and moist (but not soggy!) soil. This plant’s tall and vibrantly colored “pitchers” attract their prey. Place these plants in the kitchen or living room to keep unwanted bugs out and have a serious conversation starter nearby your entertaining areas.
11. Ripple Peperomia (Peperomia Caperata)
These peperomia species have heart-shaped leaves that come in a variety of colors including green, red, gray and cream. You can find beautiful indentations on some varieties that accent their varied colors and patterns. The ripple peperomia’s unique appearance makes these plants the perfect conversation starter, especially as hanging houseplants since guests can easily see their textured leaves.
12. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
These spindly plants cover a lot of horizontal and vertical space, so they’re perfect for filling in those big empty spots in your home. The plant’s bright and long leaves earned it many nicknames, including the “airplane plant” and the “ribbon plant.” These plants are especially great for any pet owners since they are not toxic for your furry friends. Best of all, they’re easy to care for!
13. Staghorn Fern (Platycerium)
It’s hard to miss a staghorn fern! They stand out from other fern plants due to their large, horn-like leaves. Since these plants are epiphytes like Boston ferns, you can also mount these vertically on wood. Give your staghorn’s roots some time to attach to the wood and hang it somewhere with lots of filtered sunlight and air circulation.
14. String of Nickels (Dischidia nummularia)
The string of nickels features coin-shaped leaves and gorgeous silver variegation. These trailing epiphytes grow well on wood, stone and in baskets. String of nickels plants are easy to care for despite their ornate appearance. All you need to remember is to water them when their soil is dry and place them in a spot with bright filtered light.
15. String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
The string of pearls is a trendy plant with a distinctive look. Their plump round pearls are filled with water to help them survive long periods of drought. This plant’s sprawling nature is perfect for homes with high ceilings or lots of empty vertical space that’s in need of fresh decor. If you have a green thumb, you could get your string of pearls plant to bloom white flowers!
16. Trailing Jade (Peperomia rotundifolia)
Trailing jade plants are smaller greens that feature circular leaves and thin stems. You can find them naturally trailing around rocks and crevices in their native tropical habitat. This peperomia variety has small roots, so overwatering damages its root system. Water when the soil is dry to the touch to avoid drowning it. This plant is for you if you want a hanging houseplant that doesn’t trail busy leaves on long vines.
How to Style Indoor Hanging Plants
Now that you have a better of idea of what types of plants of the best indoor hanging plants for your home, it’s time to think about all of the different ways you can display them. An indoor urban “jungalow” is the perfect space for a dense collection of plants while a minimal home can benefit from a simpler look. If you want to stretch your DIY muscles, you can try making kokedama string garden for a unique way show off your greens around the house. Peruse through our styling inspiration below to see how you can hang up your plants.
There are so many indoor hanging plants available for you to display around your home! Pick up a vibrant plant or two so you can start hanging up your plants. Once you get home, imagine all of the different ways you can display your plants before you get to hanging. Take some ideas from our styling inspiration above and start creating your hanging plant haven!