16 Best Flowering Plants for Indoor Hanging Baskets | Flowers for Indoor Hanging


Flowering plants in a hanging basket are an excellent way of adding a splash of color indoors as well as pleasant scents in the home.

Most of the flowers for indoor growing have their origin in the tropics and will require warm and humid conditions to thrive and bloom.

Place the hanging basket plants where they will receive maximum amount of light like near the window, in the patio, porch, sunroom and other brightly lit areas as bright light is needed to promote flowering.

Hanging Flower Plants

The flowering plants will benefit a great deal if they are given some outdoor sunshine in the warm season. However, do not expose them to direct sunlight before acclimating them to outdoor growing conditions.

To keep your plants thriving, keep in mind that the air above is much warmer and drier than at floor and windowsill level which means that the hanging basket plants may need more frequent watering than other plants in the same room.

We have herebelow outlined a list of the best flowering plants for indoor hanging which are easy to grow when provided with the right growing conditions. Keep reading.

Best Flowers for Indoor Hanging Baskets

1. Flame Violet

Flame Violet, Episcia cupreata

Botanical name: Episcia cupreata
Common name: Flame Violet
Origin: Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela
Size: 3-4 ft

Flame Violet is an eye-catching plant which is grown for its large leaves quilted with silvery or pale-green veins and tubular orange-red flowers which are yellow-eyed.

The Flame Violet produces runners that root in the surrounding soil where they form plantlets which causes the plant to hang down beautifully in a hanging basket.

Episcia cupreata grows best in bright light away from direct sunshine, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Flame Violet

2. Trailing Kalanchoe

Trailing Kalanchoe, Kalanchoe uniflora

Botanical name: Kalanchoe uniflora
Common names: Trailing Kalanchoe, Coral Bells, Coral Berry, Winter Bells
Origin: Madagascar
Size: 3 ft

Trailing Kalanchoe is a succulent, climbing plant which bears fleshy, bright-green leaves and bright red to red-violet, bell-shaped flowers.

Kalanchoe uniflora provides a spectacular display in a hanging basket or on a pedestal where the pendulous stems and colorful flowers can hang down beautifully.

Winter Bells grows best in bright light away from direct sunlight, moderate warmth and moderately moist, rich, loose, free-draining soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Read more on how to grow and care for Trailing Kalanchoe

3. Fuchsia Plant

Fuchsia hybrida

Botanical name: Fuchsia hybrida
Common name: Fuchsia Plant
Origin: South America, Central America, Newzealand
Size: 2-3 ft

The blooms in Fuchsia are showy sepals and petals which may or may not be the same color. They may be single, semi-double, double bells or clustered blooms borne on soft-stemmed bushes.

Fuchsia are popular plants for a hanging basket where the stems and vibrant blooms can cascade downwards beautifully.

Fuchsia hybrida requires bright light away from direct sunlight, cool to average warmth and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Fuchsia Plant

4. Ivy Geranium

Ivy Geranium Plant, Pelargonium peltatum

Botanical name: Pelargonium peltatum
Common names: Ivy Geranium, Ivy-leaved Pelargonium, Cascading Geranium
Origin: Southern and Eastern South Africa
Size: 7 ft

Ivy Geranium is a perennial, scrambling plant with five shallowly or deeply lobed, circular to heart-shaped, glossy leaves and bears large, white to mauve, umbel-like inflorescences atop a long stalk .

The trailing stems and large flowers in Ivy-leaved Pelargonium are spectacular in a hanging basket, on a pedestal or a trellis.

Cascading Geranium grows best in bright light to full sun, moderately warm and humid conditions, and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on Ivy Geranium Indoor Care, Propagation and Problems

5. Goldfish Plant

Goldfish Plant, Columnea gloriosa

Botanical name: Columnea gloriosa
Common names: Goldfish Plant
Origin: Tropical America and the Caribbean
Size: 3 ft

Goldfish Plant is an evergreen, trailing plant which bears glossy, dark-green leaves and abundant yellow or orange-red tubular flowers year after year.

Goldfish Plant is ideal for the hanging basket or a pedestal where the trailing stems can be allowed to hang freely.

Columnea gloriosa requires bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Goldfish Plant.

6. Madagascar Jasmine

Madagascar Jasmine, Stephanotis floribunda

Botanical name: Stephanotis floribunda
Common names: Madagascar Jasmine, Hawaiian Wedding Flower, Bridal Wreath, Clustered Wax Flower, Bridal Veil Vine
Origin: Madagascar
Size: 20 ft

Madagascar Jasmine is a vigorously growing, climbing plant that will flourish in a hanging basket, on a pedestal or a trellis.

The flowers in Hawaiian Wedding Flower are white, waxy, star-shaped, tubular, sweet-scented and borne on new growth in spring through fall.

Stephanotis floribunda thrives in bright light with some morning or evening sunshine, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Madagascar Jasmine

7. Queen's Tears Bromeliads

Queen's Tears Bromeliads, Billbergia Bromeliads

Botanical name: Billbergia spp
Common names: Queen's Tears Bromeliad, Friendship Plant
Origin: Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina
Size: 1 ft

Queen's Tears Bromeliad is one of the easiest Bromeliads to grow indoors which is grown for the beauty of its drooping showy flower-heads which drip nectar.

The drooping flowers in Queen's Tears Bromeliad hang downwards beautifully in a hanging basket or on a pedestal.

Billbergia Bromeliads grow best in bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, rich well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Queen's Tears Bromeliads

8. Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus, Schlumbergera x buckleyi

Botanical name: Schlumbergera x buckleyi
Common names: Christmas Cactus, Holiday Cactus, Crab Cactus
Origin: South America
Size: 1 ft

Christmas Cactus bears fleshy segmented stems, slightly serrated on each side and flowers at the ends of the stems which hang downwards beautifully in hanging baskets.

The stems in Christmas Cactus are flattened leaves. The original flower color is red but hybrids may come in pink, purple, white and other colors.

Crab Cactus is a tropical plant which requires bright filtered light, warm and humid conditions, and moderately moist, fertile, loose, free-draining soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Read more on how to grow and care for Christmas Cactus

9. Wax Plant

Wax Plant, Hoya carnosa

Botanical name: Hoya carnosa
Common names: Wax Plant, Porcelainflower
Origin: Eastern Asia, Australia
Size: 15 ft

Wax Plant is climbing plant which bears fleshy leaves and clusters of waxy, fragrant, star-shaped flowers and is ideal for a hanging basket, a pedestal or a trellis.

Porcelainflower is a popular hanging plant on account of its ease of care and the large clusters of blooms which look magnificient in any space.

Hoya carnosa thrives in bright light with some direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Wax Plant

10. Pink Jasmine

Pink Jasmine, Jasminum polyanthum

Botanical name: Jasminum polyanthum
Common names: Pink Jasmine, Winter Jasmine, Star Jasmine, French Perfume, Chinese Jasmine, Manyflowered Jasmine
Origin: Southeastern China
Size: 10 ft

Pink Jasmine is a vigorously growing climbing flowering plant which bears fragrant flowers in clusters and is ideal for a hanging basket.

Winter Jasmine is mainly grown for the characteristic fragrance of its flowers. Also, it is rarely attacked by diseases and pests.

Jasminum polyanthum grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Pink Jasmine

11. Lipstick Plant

Lipstick Plant, Aeschynanthus radicans

Botanical name: Aeschynanthus radicans
Common name: Lipstick Plant, Lipstick Vine, Basket Vine
Origin: Malay Peninsula south to Java.
Size: 3-5 ft

Lipstick Plant is an evergreen, vining, perennial plant which bears leathery, ovate to lanceolate, green leaves and terminal vibrant red tubular flowers with yellow throats.

Lipstick Vine is ideal for a hanging basket or a trellis where the beautiful leaves and vibrant flowers can be displayed beautifully.

Basket Vine thrives in bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Read more on how to grow and care for Lipstick Plant

12. Bluecrown Passionflower

Bluecrown Passionflower, Passiflora caerulea

Botanical name: Passiflora caerulea
Common name: Bluecrown Passionflower, Blue Passionflower, Southern Beauty, Wild Apricot, Jesus Flower, Passion Flower
Origin: Rain forests of Brazil and Argentina
Size:  ft

Bluecrown Passionflower is a rampant climber whose stems bear deeply-lobed leaves, tendrils and short-lived flowers all through the growing season.

Blue Passionflower is ideal for a hanging basket or a trellis where it can display its beautiful flowers and leaves.

Bluecrown Passionflower grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight, cool to average warmth, humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, free-draining soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Bluecrown Passionflower

13. Mandevilla

Mandevilla spp

Botanical name: Mandevilla
Common names: Rock Trumpet
Origin: Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and South America
Size: 10 ft

Mandevilla are evergreen, climbing plants whose stems are densely covered with glossy, dark-green oval leaves and bears brightly colored, large, trumpet-shaped flowers which come in white, pink, yellow, red or mixed colors.

The vining stems and large flowers in Mandevilla beautifully cascade downwards in a hanging basket or on a pedestal. They can also be allowed to climb up a trellis.

Rock Trumpet thrives in bright light with some direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions, and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Read more on Mandevilla Plant Indoor Care, Propagation and Common Problems

14. Bleeding Glory Vine

Bleeding Glory Vine, Clerodendrum thomsoniae

Botanical name: Clerodendrum thomsoniae
Common names: Bleeding Glory Vine, Bleeding Glorybower, Tropical Bleeding Heart, Bagflower, Harlequin Glorybower
Origin: West Africa; Cameroon to Senegal
Size: 6 ft

Bleeding Glory Vine is a perennial climbing plant which bears bell-shaped, lightly scented, two-colored flowers; red and surrounded by white sepals.

The blooms in Bleeding Glorybower are borne in terminal clusters of 8-20 in spring and summer and appear bell-shaped and are lightly scented.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae grows best in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with regular feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Bleeding Glory Vine.

15. Chenile Plant

Chenile Plant, Acalypha hispida

Botanical name: Acalypha hispida
Common names: Chenile Plant, Philippine Medusa, Red Hot Cat Tail, Monkey Tail, Foxtail
Origin:  Malesia and Papuasia
Size: 5-8 ft

Chenile Plant is a favorite indoor plant on account of its pendulous, brilliantly colored, furry flowers which are magnificient in a hanging basket or on a pedestal.

Red Hot Cat Tail bears large, bright-green, heart-shaped leaves with toothed margins on sparsely branched upright to arching stems.

Acalypha hispida requires bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions, and consistently moist, well drained soil that is rich in organic matter.

Read more on Chenile Plant Indoor Care, Propagation and Common Problems.

16. Rose Grape

Rose Grape, Medinilla magnifica

Botanical name: Medinilla magnifica
Common names: Rose Grape, Showy Medinilla, Philippines Orchid, Pink Lantern
Origin: Philippines
Size: 2 ft

Rose Grape bears spectacular, pendant. rosy-pink flower-heads and can be grown in a hanging basket or on a pedestal where the flowers can beautifully hang downwards.

The inflorescences in Philippines Orchid are arching panicles of pink flowers, with showy pink basal bracts and are about 1.5 ft long.

Medinilla magnifica thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunshine and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with fortnightly feeding during the growing season.

Learn more on how to grow and care for Rose Grape.

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