Spilling and trailing plants make better options for hanging baskets as they make the container look abundant. Apart from softening the whole look, they help blend the rest of the plants together. A hanging basket is a structure suspended from the ceiling or other high places using chains, ropes, and other materials.Baskets come in varying shapes, styles, and materials. The good thing is that these baskets pave the way for creativity.
- Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum
- Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii)
- Strings of Pearl (Senecio rowleyanus)
- Monkey Tail Cactus (Cleistocactus colademononis)
- Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
- Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)
- Fantasy Venice (Nanouk Tradescantia)
- Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
- Sterling Silver (Scindapsus Treubii)
- Burrito Burro’s Tail (Sedum burrito)
- Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea)
- Baby’s Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii)
- Chenille plant (Acalypha hispida)
- Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis blume)
- Lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus radicans)
- Hearts on a String (Ceropegia woodii)
- Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia)
- String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
- Fishbone Cactus (Disocactus anguliger)
- Mistletoe Cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera)
- Donkey’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)
- Silver Inch Plant (Tradescantia zebrina)
- Airplant (Tillandsia tectorum)
- Arrowhead vine (Syngonium podophyllum)
- Tarantula Cactus (Cleistocactus winteri)
A fast-growing vine, devil’s ivy is a climber whose length depends on whether it’s grown as a houseplant or outdoors. In the landscape, it can grow up to 40 feet long, whereas indoor plants typically range from 6 to 8 feet in length if left unpruned. The vine produces waxy, heart-shaped foliage variegated with bright yellow and green, and once again, the size of the leaves depends on where the plant is cultivated. Golden pothos plants can be grown in hanging baskets or set on a high shelf where the vines can cascade down. You must keep the vines from tangling if you want to move a golden pothos with long vines to a hanging position.
The million bells plant gets its name from the exceptionally high number of flowers it produces all season long, with one plant supporting hundreds of 1-inch wide flowers at any given time. Blossoms resemble short trumpets with flaring petals and come in many colors, including violet, pink, red, magenta, yellow or white, depending on the cultivar. The plant’s trailing stems are 8 to 12 inches long and hang down attractively from baskets or planters.
Boston ferns, also known as sword ferns, are prized for their masses of attractive, tropical-looking foliage and an easier-to-grow nature than other ferns. Boston fern grows up to a 3-feet height and spread, and have the triangular-shaped or sword shaped drooping green fronds most people picture when they think of ferns. Boston ferns make excellent hanging basket plants for indoors or outdoors to dress up porches in the summer.Like several other fern species, the Boston fern is a fairly slow grower and is best planted in the fall or spring.
Portulaca also called moss rose, is a plant with fleshy leaves and stems and exceptionally attractive, ruffled, rose-like flowers in orange, pink, red, white or yellow. The plant thrives in poor soil, tolerates drought extremely well and is essentially a carefree plant that rewards all summer with ongoing growth and flowers. Although it can be planted in the ground, it excels when grown in a hanging container, with stems that become longer as the season progresses.
With its trailing habit, English ivy looks especially attractive cascading over the edge of a pot.This aggressive climber attaches to surfaces via root-like structures that excrete a sticky, gluey substance. The vine’s almost flat leaves are alternate, dark green or variegated, waxy and somewhat leathery. Some cultivars display unlobed leaves, while others have leaves with three or five lobes. Small, greenish-yellow or white flowers bloom in late summer to early fall under full sun conditions.
Strings of Pearls
A plant with a distinctive and unusual appearance, string of pearls also known as string of beads, is bound to be a conversation piece. An indoor plant with small, bright green, beadlike leaves that appear on long, slender stems, string of pearls is usually planted in a hanging basket where it has space to cascade freely. String of pearls is often grown indoors, but it can also grow outdoors. In addition to its unique sphere-like leaves, the string of pearls produces white flowers in spring with a pleasant cinnamon-like scent; although, it rarely flowers indoors.
A non-stop bloomer all summer long, ivy geraniums are good choices for hanging planters, either alone or mixed with other flowering or foliage plants. They bloom in many colors, including some cultivars with variegated flowers and a few with variegated foliage. Common colors include pink, red, white and lavender, with some flowers striped with white or lighter shades of the dominant color. Their trailing stems can be as long as 3 feet, making them especially dramatic in a hanging planter.
Christmas cactus plant is an epiphyte, growing naturally on tree trunks, where fallen leaves and plant debris make up the bulk of its soil. Christmas cacti makes a great addition to the house decor as hanging plants. They bloom right in time for Christmas and are stunning to look at when they flower. Set them in an east-facing window and watch their green hanging branches bloom with red, white, yellow, pink or purple flowers. Luckily, these plants are easy to maintain and their blooming period is long-lasting, over the course of a several weeks.
Heartleaf Philodendron’s fast-growing, heart-shaped leaves are two to three inches wide when trailing, but they can grow to over eight inches wide if allowed to climb. Juvenile forms may have lighter bronze-toned leaves. The Heartleaf Philodendron makes a beautiful hanging plant with vines that reach four or five feet indoors. Multiple individual plants are often potted together for a fuller look. They respond well to being cut back if leggy or “bald” on top and propagate very easily.
Staghorn ferns are epiphytic plants, meaning they don’t get their nutrition from soil. Epiphytic plants are found typically in tropical forests where they attach to tree limbs or tree trunks.The plant takes in moisture and nutrients through the leaves, using the roots as anchors for the plant. It is often potted in hanging baskets on patios and under trees, or it can be attached directly to the tree trunk.
Fuchsia plants sometimes called lady’s eardrops, grow well and bloom all summer if given the right conditions. Renowned for their drooping, tubular flowers with long stamens and colorful, recurving sepals, fuchsia plants have 1- to 2-feet long, trailing stems and abundant flowers that are often bi-colored, with the petals and recurving sepals in contrasting colors.
Monkey Tail Cactus
Monkey tail cactus is a fast growing Lithophyte with curling tail-like stems which are white/gingery and really as soft as they look, making it the loveliest cacti to work with and have in your home. In spring it produces red or pink flowers to 5cm long. Best grown in a hanging basket indoors or outdoors. Monkey Tail Cactus care is easy. Like other succulent plants, this cactus requires only minimal care to thrive.
Tradescantia Nanouk, also known as Fantasy Venice, is the trending plant right now on Instagram because of its pretty bright green, pink & purple, fuzzy-ish leaves growing on chunky stems.Tradescantia Nanouk make excellent hanging basket plants for indoors or outdoors to dress up porches in the summer.Like several other Tradescantia species, the this variety is a fairly faster grower and is best planted in the fall or spring.
Prayer plant gets its common name from the fact that its leaves stay flat during the day and then fold up like praying hands at night. Prayer Plants feature unique foliage with feathered, painterly-like veins. The bold foliage makes Prayer Plants perfect for window sills, mantles, or shelves that need a splash of color.
Burrito Donkey’s Tail
Burrito donkey’s tail is an attractive patio and pot specimen. It looks especially spectacular in a hanging basket, as it has long trailing rope-like stems covered in rounded green-grey leaves. Often grown indoors as a succulent houseplant. It produces lovely terminal clusters of star-shaped flowers during spring and summer. Very easy to care for, it requires little water in summertime and even less in winter.
Chenille plant also known as a red-hot cat tail, bristly copperleaf or fox tail plant is an evergreen plant that is commonly grown as a seasonal annual or houseplant. With little care, it survives year-round indoors environments. It’s populaly known for its bright red, fuzzy, caterpillar-like flowers. The long, trailing flowers of this plant makes it an attractive addition to front porches and patios in hanging baskets, window boxes or planting containers.
Moth orchids are one of the most popular orchids grown indoors as houseplants. Moth orchids have thick olive leaves and flower color may be solid, spotted or striped in shades of white, pink, yellow, purple and green. There can be as many as 30 blooms on each flower spike, with fully grown, flowering plants reaching up to 3 feet tall.
Lipstick plant, is a popular and striking evergreen tropical houseplant. It gets its name from the vibrant red and tubular flowers that appear above a burgundy bud. These flowers grow in clusters and, along with the waxy, glossy, green foliage, they have a cascading, vine-like habit. This makes them an ideal choice for use in hanging baskets or tall containers.
String of Pearls
The string of pearls plant is an easy to grow vining succulent that is generally grown as an indoor plant. Its easily recognizable by their tiny pea-shaped leaves. The leaves grow on trailing stems that gracefully spill over the sides of planters and hanging baskets. In addition to its unique sphere-like leaves, the string of pearls produces white flowers in spring with a pleasant cinnamon -like scent; although, it rarely flowers indoors.
The fishbone cactus is a low-maintenance plant that grows well indoors as a houseplant. Grown for its unique, angular toothed stems, the fishbone cactus is also commonly referred to as zig zag cactus, ricrac cactus, and the orchid cactus. Display your fishbone cactus in a hanging pot or planter to fully admire its stunning foliage.
The mistletoe cactus is a tropical epiphytic plant in the cactus family that is beloved as a houseplant for its unique pencil-thin foliage and trailing growth habit. Its trailing stems look great in hanging baskets and its striking foliage is sure to liven up any room.
Silver Inch Plant
Tradescantia zebrina or silver inch plant is a type of spiderwort known for its attractive purple- and silver-striped foliage. The trailing stems make it perfect choice for growing in hanging baskets, but it’s also stunning when allowed to spread across a tabletop or other surface. There are several varieties of inch plant available with different leaf colors and sizes, so it’s easy to find one that will look perfect in your home or office. You can dress up these classic houseplants with a interesting container to give them a contemporary look.
They usually have strap-like leaves that grow in a rosette pattern with new growth coming from the center of the plant. The foliage may be silver or green, spiky or fuzzy, and some produce flowers in shades of red, pink or purple that last from a few days to a few months. Most air plants are tiny, ranging from 2″ to 12″ tall. Display your airplant in a hanging pot or planter to fully admire its stunning foliage.
The arrowhead vine is a pretty trailing or climbing vine that tends to grow quickly under the right conditions. The arrowhead vine’s leaf structure changes as it matures, going from a simple arrow shape to a deeply lobed or divided mature leaf. Its leaves can vary in hue depending on their age, ranging from dark green and white to lime green and bright pink. Although it can be planted in the ground, it excels when grown in a hanging container or basket.