Who said hanging baskets were exclusive to the patio or the pergola? Currently, one of our favorite trends is decorating with indoor hanging baskets. They can quickly transform an entire corner of your home, and they're great for those with little floor space to work with!
The challenge is knowing what plants are well-suited for taking on the hanging basket challenge. While upright plants lose their interest when positioned above eye-level, trailing houseplants and indoor climbing vines are perfect for high shelves and hanging baskets. Here are the five best trailing houseplants for adding a little drama to your living space.
Pothos is used to topping lists of "bests" already, and this one is no different. Not only is it one of the easiest houseplants to grow and one of the best indoor air-purifying plants, but it's also a gorgeous trailing vine. Combine these three qualities, and you've got yourself a triple threat! Pothos displays charming, heart-shaped leaves that can range from solid green or chartreuse, to speckled or brightly variegated.
Although they're commonly kept to a length of 6-10 feet, pothos can reach lengths of up to 30 feet if you allow them to keep growing. If you've got the space for it, you can easily maneuver this trailing houseplant to decorate an entire room! As an indoor plant, pothos prefers bright, indirect light, but they can tolerate lower-light conditions. Plant them with a well-draining potting mix and allow the soil to dry out completely in between waterings.
While its aggressive growth habit may make it problematic in the landscape, it's this particular quality that makes English ivy such a popular indoor plant. Inside, where its growth can be controlled, this vigorous climber cascades beautifully from high-up containers or hanging baskets. Even better, their ability to adapt to low-light conditions makes them perfect for decorating dim corners with their lush, glossy, green leaves.
You can keep your climbing ivy houseplant in bright, indirect light to low light, but keep in mind that brighter conditions will encourage more vivid variegation in the foliage. While this vine can adapt to both cool or warm temperatures, it's not keen on fluctuating temperatures or drafty areas. Keep the soil consistently moist, even during the winter. To keep your English ivy as fresh as possible, you can treat it with a balanced liquid fertilizer every month.
This tropical beauty has been long adored for its deep green, heart-shaped leaves. While upright philodendrons are also great houseplants, nothing gives your home an indoor jungle vibe like the climbing varieties. While their foliage looks great suspended from hanging baskets, it's hard to let their outstanding climbing abilities go to waste. They easily attach themselves to pretty much any structure, such as walls, bookcases, and indoor trellises.
It really doesn't take much for this houseplant to turn on the charm! To keep your philodendron looking its best, imitate its natural habitat under the canopy of the jungle by providing it with indirect sunlight, warmth, and water. Philodendrons thrive in humid environments, so make sure the temperature of the room never dips below 55°F, and mist them every few days during the growing season.
String of hearts is a lovely trailing indoor plant that combines two of our favorite things: succulents and vines! Who knew there was such a thing? Their heart-shaped foliage is perhaps the most interesting on the list-a pale, almost icy, hue of green, sometimes edged with rosy pink. On top of that, this vine's tumbling trails of elegant leaves emerge from stunning red stems (in case it wasn't already romantic enough).
This effortlessly enchanting vine prefers bright, but indirect, light from a south- or west-facing window. If plant leaves are looking scarce or dull, it might be a sign your string of hearts isn't receiving enough sunlight. It thrives in the heat, so don't let the room drop below 60°F- something to watch out for during winter in Bismarck. Like other succulents, equip this plant with good drainage and allow the soil to dry out completely before drenching the soil again.
If you're looking for a houseplant to really refresh your living space, look no further than the Boston Fern. Their dense form and fresh green leaves are truly luscious-not to mention, they're amazing air purifiers! While Boston Ferns aren't climbers per se, their long fronds trail gracefully over the edge of containers. Each frond is embellished with many tiny leaves, giving the plant a soft, feathery appearance.
Boston Ferns prefer bright, indirect indoor light but are more tolerant of low light than direct sun-too much sunlight can burn their delicate fronds. They like to be well-watered, so keep their soil consistently moist, but ensure adequate drainage so that the roots don't rot. Unless your home is naturally humid, mist your plant regularly.
There are plenty of beautiful houseplants meant for sitting on the windowsill or decking out your desk, but not just any plant can do your hanging baskets the justice they deserve. These trailing indoor plants and climbing vines provide your home with unique, vertical interest as they take on hanging baskets and high-up shelves with their gracefully trailing leaves. If you’re looking for indoor vines and climbers in Bismarck, swing by Plant Perfect and take a look at our selection!