Houseplants create a warmth and coziness in any room of the home. The lush green foliage softens a room and adds a cheery feeling. If you don’t want to set plants on your floors, tables or windowsills, consider hanging plants around a room.
Decorate a bare corner of a sunny room with a hanging plant or two. Hang a plant near a shaded north window to create privacy between you and the parking lot. Or, decorate a small patio without taking up sitting space with an assortment of hanging plants.
Hanging houseplants don’t have to be fancy and they don’t have to be high maintenance. There are many low maintenance plants that require a minimal amount of care yet pack a ton of beauty into a small package.
Here are four hanging plants that we have grown successfully, indoors and outdoors, and a few creative ways to hang houseplants without searching for studs, drilling holes and installing plant hangers.
There’s not much difference between our indoor living space and our outdoor living space. Both spaces maintain the same temperature and humidity levels throughout the year. We write and paint both indoors and outside. And, there’s an abundance of plants everywhere you look.
We’re not sure how this happened. We started out with just a few pretty green vines and, now, the plants create a wall that separates our world from rushing cars and noisy neighbours.
We didn’t intend to create this green leafy wall around us. We just wanted plants that were extremely easy to grow, could handle a bit of neglect, grew in hot weather as well as cool weather, and resisted pests and diseases.
The hanging plants in our collection that meet these requirements and need very little care are the Pothos, Spider plants, Arrowhead plants and Rhode.
There are many reasons we enjoy these plants. These hanging plants not only provide a buffer from the noise of passing cars, these plants also filter and freshen the air that blows through our studio.
All of these hanging houseplants have several things in common which makes these plants ideal growing companions.
Grow in a mixture of potting mix and compost
Enjoy full shade to bright indirect light
Withstand short periods of no water
Require very little fertilizer
Tolerate temperatures as low as 40 degrees
Survive after exposure to light frost or freezing temperatures
Landlords generally don’t like holes in the walls and ceilings. This plant hanger can be mounted on a patio railing, window ledge or table.
The Awesome Arrowhead Plant – A plant that keeps on living
My first apartment was bland and boring. While walking past a floral shop, I decided to add some life to my living quarters. I went inside the shop, found a bushy arrowhead plant, paired it with a bright yellow terra cotta pot and headed for home.
That arrowhead plant (Syngonium podophyllum), which is commonly called Nephthytis, was the perfect way to brighten up a dingy apartment. It also turned out to be the perfect starter houseplant for me.
I killed that plant twice. The first time, I set it outside in the freezing cold while I moved into a new apartment. The second time, I went on vacation for four weeks and the plant didn’t get watered. Both times, the plant came back. I didn’t think it would. But the plant came back and it was a little stronger each time.
To Prune or Not to Prune? Prune vines to create bushy plants or let vines grow to create long flowing cascades of leaves.
Moveable Plant Stands – Arrange hanging plants in a suspended display
VCS SD51 Show Off Double Scroll Plant Stand, 51-Inch
This plant stand is the perfect height to set on a table. Place on a low table, such as an end table, in a sunny corner. Or, set on a table in the middle of a large entry way for a dramatic effect. The plants hang, suspended in mid-air, and the stand can be moved to different locations to suit the needs of the plants.
The Long Legged Spider Plant – A plant that keeps on sprouting
If you enjoy baby plants, the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) will make you smile. This plant sends off sturdy tendrils which sprout miniature spider plants (called plantlets).
These baby plants quickly sprout roots. Leave the young-ins hanging off the plant to add character to the plant. Or, cut off the plantlets and plant in a hanging container of their own.
We like to hang spider plants so that the container is just above eye level or just below chest level and does not interfere with our view. As the plant produces plantlets, it forms an additional screen between our inside world and the outside world around us.
Our Favorite Hanging Planter
Recycled coffee containers, the plastic kind. Poke six holes in the bottom for drainage and three holes, spaced evenly, around the rim for the hanger.
Tension Rod Plant Stands – Pole dancing for long plants
SPRING TENSION ROD INDOOR PLANT POLE WITH 3 ADJUSTABLE ARMS
Here’s a great way to display plants in any location in a room. This spring-loaded rod fits snugly between floor and ceiling. If you have a large room and want a natural divider, space several of these tension rods in a row in the middle of the room.
The Pothos is Prolific
A plant that naturally grows into a living screen
This is the plant that started our current plant collection. When we opened our art studio, there was a single straggly pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum) hanging near the door.
It wasn’t much to look at but we re-potted it and found it a bright spot. Skip to today and there must be a dozen pothos hanging around the studio.
The pothos may be the fastest growing plant around our studio. In just a couple of warm months, the vines on the pothos plant may grow as much as two or three feet.
The long vining tendrils of the pothos make a natural room divider or can be used as a screen so that the neighbors can’t see inside your home.
We also use pothos to hide an ugly wall on one side of the studio until we get around to painting the building.
Make More Plants. After you prune, plant the cut off ends of vines in a mix of potting soil and compost. New plants will sprout roots quickly.
Plant Stands for Multiple Plants – Create a hanging garden in your living room
Yard Butler YT-5 Yard Tree Hanging Garden System
Have a large space to fill? Create a plant tree and display a garden full of hanging plants in one place. This plant stand is perfect when you want to fill up a room.
The Rhoeo – A plant that hangs in colourful spirals
Even a common ground-cover plant can be turned into a stunning hanging display. I didn’t like the Rhoeo (Rhoeo spathacea), or oyster plant, that grew along the walkway. So, he put it in one of our coffee-container-turned-hanging-planter inventions and hung it near the studio door.
I love the mix of green, white and purple. Did you know that purple is my favourite colour? I also enjoy the way the spiralling vines surround the container. I think these plants are best viewed from above.
This growth habit makes the Rhoeo perfect when you want a plant that hangs low. We hang these plants so that the bottom of the container is between three and four feet above the floor.
Give Plants a Shower. Hang plants in the shower every few weeks to simulate a tropical rain. You’ll water less often and the leaves will stay clean and shiny.
Plant Care Guides
Here are some helpful plant care sheets about the four hanging houseplants showcased in this article.