15 Best Plants for Hanging Baskets | Best Trailing Plants for Hanging
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A hanging basket is one way of displaying plants in a limited space. The trailing plants are ideal for a hanging basket.
You can have a hanging basket practically anywhere in your living spaces; near the window, above your sitting space, in your porch, above your bathtub, in the kitchen, in the bedroom and so on.
It is important to ensure that the hanging basket is securely fixed, can be watered easily and does not drip water (you can use a pot with a saucer at the bottom to catch any dripping water). Use a light-weight pot and potting mixture.
Also keep in mind that the air above is much warmer and drier than at floor and windowsill level which means that plants in a hanging basket may require more frequent watering than other plants in the same room. Continue reading below for our list of 15 best plants for a hanging basket.
The Best Trailing Plants for Hanging Baskets
Any trailing plant is an excellent choice for a hanging basket where the stems can beautifully cascade downwards to create a spectacular feast for the eyes. Some perfect choices include Inch Plants, Pothos, Philodendrons among others. Read on for the full list of our 15 best plants for hanging baskets.
1. Small-leaf Spiderwort (Tradescantia fluminensis)
Small-leaf Spiderwort is one of the most popular plants for a hanging basket. There are many varieties and colors to choose from.
Small-leaf Spiderwort bears colorful leaves, grows very fast and is easy to grow and propagate. The plants are highly tolerant to indoor growing conditions.
Small-leaf Spiderwort bears long stems which beautifully cascade down a hanging basket creating a dramatic sight. Read more on how to grow Small-leaf Spiderwort indoors.
2. Pothos | Devil's Ivy (Scindapsus aureus)
Pothos also called Devil's Ivy are beautiful houseplants that are ideal for a hanging basket.
Being climbers which bear colorful heart-shaped leaves, Pothos are spectacular when grown in a hanging basket.
A hanging basket of Pothos will add a splash of color in any space. Read more on how to grow Pothos indoors.
3. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens)
Heartleaf Philodendron also called Sweetheart Plant is a popular houseplant for a hanging basket.
The heart-shaped leaves in Heartleaf appear bronze and quickly turn green as the plant grows which are beautiful cascading downwards in a hanging basket .
Heartleaf Philodendron is also a good indoor air cleaner. Read more on how to grow Heartleaf Philodendron indoors.
4. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English Ivy is a climbing plant that has been grown indoors and flows beautifully in a hanging basket.
The English Ivy is a hardy plant, easy to grow and adapts easily to a wide range of indoor growing conditions.
The attractive English Ivy is also a good air cleaner. Read more on how to grow English Ivy indoors.
5. String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus)
The cascading thread-like stems of String of Beads Plant also called String of Pearls Plant make it a perfect plant for a hanging basket.
String of Beads (Pearls) Plant is a hardy plant that is easy to grow and can survive a considerably long period without water. Read more on how to grow String of Beads (Pearls) Plant indoors.
6. Spider Plant  (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider Plant is a fast growing, easy-care plant that is ideal for growing in a hanging basket where the stems cascade downwards beautifully.
The beautiful Spider Plant is extremely adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. Spider Plants will grow in hot or cool rooms, in sun or shade and will withstand dry air.
Spider Plants are also good air cleaners. Read more on how to grow Spider Plants indoors.
7. Asparagus Fern (Asparagus plumosus)
Asparagus Fern is a perfect houseplant for growing in a hanging basket. The beautiful, feathery, needle-like branches droop down gracefully along the sides of a hanging basket.
Asparagus Fern is easy to grow and adapts well to a wide variation in light, heat and frequency of watering. It can also withstand some level of neglect. Read more on how to grow Asparagus Fern indoors.
8. Goldfish Plant (Columnea gloriosa)
Goldfish Plant belongs to the hanging basket where its trailing stems can be allowed to hang freely to create a spectacular sight with the goldfish flowers adding a splash of color.
Various varieties and colors of Gold Fish Plant are available which are grown for the beautiful blooms.
With proper care Goldfish Plant will bear abundant yellow or orange-red tubular flowers year after year. Read more on how to grow Goldfish Plant indoors.
9. Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa)
Wax Plant also called Porcelainflower is a flowering climber whose twining stems can reach 15 ft or more.
The leaves in Wax Plant are flesh and the flowers are waxy, fragrant and star-shaped hence the common name.
Wax Plant is easy to grow and is also a good air cleaner. Read more on how to grow Wax Plant indoors.
10. Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii)
Baby's Tears is a low-growing houseplant that is ideal for growing in a hanging basket. It bears green or yellow leaves and a multitude of tiny white flowers.
Baby's Tears is fast growing and easy to propagate where a small clump of the plant will grow into a mossy mound in no time when placed on moist soil. Read more on how to grow Baby's Tears indoors.
11. Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternata)
Purple Waffle also called Red Ivy is a climbing plant which is ideal for a hanging basket.
Red Ivy bears colored leaves which are shiny (silvery) in shade and turn metallic purple under direct sunshine.
Purple Waffle is a spectacular houseplant with ornamental foliage that lasts through out the year. Read more on how to grow Purple Waffle indoors.
12. Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia)
Grape Ivy also called Oakleaf Ivy is a vining houseplant that is ideal for a hanging basket. The leaves are silvery first and turn dark-green and glossy as they mature.
Grape Ivy is one of the most tolerant of houseplants and will tolearte sun or shade, hot or cold air, dry or moist conditions. Read more on how to grow Grape Ivy indoors.
13. Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus spp)
Swedish Ivy also called Candle Plant is a creeping houseplant that is perfect for a hanging basket.
The trailing stems of Swedish Ivy are covered by foliage and they grow very fast. They cascade beautifully along the sides of a hanging basket.
Unlike True Ivies, Swedish Ivy will thrive in dry air and also withstand occasional soil dryness which is a common feature with hanging baskets. Read more on how to grow Swedish Ivy indoors.
14. Velvet Plant (Gynura sarmentosa)
Velvet Plant also called Purple Passion is a trailing houseplant which bears purple-colored foliage due to the presence of shiny purple hairs.
Purple Passion produces dandelion-like flowers which have an offensive smell therefore it is advisable to cut the flower bud as soon as they appear.
Velvet Plant is ideal for a hanging basket, is a fast grower and is easy to grow. Read more on how to grow Velvet Plant indoors.
15. Piggyback Plant (Tolmiea menziesii)
Piggyback Plant is known by many names like Youth on age, Pick-a-back-plant and Thousand mothers. It is a compact mound of downy, bright green leaves and is ideal for a hanging basket.
The long leaf stalks give Piggyback Plant a trailing appearance and make it ideal for a hanging basket.
Piggyback Plant is easy to grow even in poor conditions and it relishes cold, well-ventilated, sunless environment. Read more on how to grow Piggyback Plant indoors.