The 17 Best Indoor Hanging Plants to Capitalize on Vertical Space

office space with hanging plants
Photo: Adam Albright

Make crowded shelves and tabletops a thing of the past by hanging your houseplants from your ceilings and walls. The following varieties and their trailing stems, dangling leaves, and gracefully arching shapes will make the best use of your home's vertical spaces.

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English Ivy

english ivy plants on floating shelf
Jacob Fox

Also known as common ivy, English ivy (Hedera helix) is grown for its lush, glossy foliage both indoors and out in the garden. It's one of the best indoor plants for low light but it will grow more full in brighter light. It comes in a number of varieties that offer different leaf shapes and colors.

Buy It: English Ivy Glacier Plant (The Home Depot)

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Baby's Tears

Baby's tears Pilea depressa
Jason Donnelly

This small houseplant gets its name from the tiny round leaves that line its delicate, trailing stems. Baby's tears (Pilea depressa) will grow quickly, draping over a hanging planter like a living curtain.

Buy It: Baby Tears (Walmart)

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Burro's Tail

Burro’s tail plant wood stand
Marty Baldwin

Rows of small, plump leaves on cascading stems make burro's tail (Sedum morganianum) one of the most unique succulents to grow indoors. This low-maintenance and drought-tolerant houseplant is often confined to tabletop planters, but it truly shines when its ropelike stems can dangle from a hanging pot.

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Spider Plant

indoor hanging plant spider plant in corner

BHG / Phoebe Cheong

Gracefully arched, narrow leaves earned the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) its name. This popular indoor hanging plant adds a lush jungle feel to a brightly lit room, thanks to its fountain-like foliage and the dangling stems of baby plants it sends out from its center.

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Arrowhead Vine

'Allusion Berry' arrowhead vine
Marty Baldwin

The large, heart-shaped leaves of the arrowhead vine (Syngonium podophyllum) give any room a tropical touch. This indoor hanging plant thrives in humidity, so it works especially well in a bathroom or kitchen—but keep it out of your pets' reach, as it can be toxic when eaten. Arrowhead vines come in shades of green, pink, and burgundy.

Buy It: Arrowhead Plant (The Home Depot)

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Boston Fern

indoor hanging plant boston fern in corner of room

BHG / Phoebe Cheong

The feathery, draping foliage of a Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) adds instant lushness to indoor spaces. Keep in mind that this fern loves humidity, so spray it with water daily to keep the leaves from drying out, especially in the winter.

Buy It: Boston Fern Hanging Basket Plant (The Home Depot)

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Bird's Nest Fern

Bird’s Nest Fern
Brie Passano

Enhance contemporary decor by hanging a bird's nest fern (Asplenium nidus) by a window. Its gorgeous, curvy leaves change shape, depending on the amount of light exposure—but keep it out of direct sunlight, which will make the leaves crumple and turn yellow.

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golden pothos in hanging white planter
Adam Albright

Adaptable to most growing conditions, a pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the easiest houseplants you can grow. Its long trailing stems are perfect for hanging planters, and for extra interest, you can find varieties with variegated or golden foliage.

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indoor hanging houseplant philodendron

BHG / Phoebe Cheong

Another super easy houseplant to grow, the philodendron doesn't mind lower light levels and will bounce back easily if you occasionally forget to water it. Be warned: You might have a hard time choosing a philodendron, as there are many beautiful varieties with diverse shades of color and shapes of leaves.

Buy It: Philodendron Burle Marx Plant (The Home Depot)

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Chenille Plant

red hot cats tail plant
Marty Baldwin

The chenille plant (Acalypha hispida) makes an immediate impression. Fuzzy red flowers trail down from deep green foliage, earning the houseplant the nickname red-hot cat's tail. Take advantage of this plant's vibrancy and hang it somewhere that needs a little color. Prune your chenille plant to keep it healthy longer, and give it the brightest light you can.

Buy It: Chenille Plant (Etsy)

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Maidenhair Fern

maidenhair fern potted plant
Denny Schrock

Gracefully arching stems of feathery, delicate-looking foliage make the maidenhair fern a stunning hanging plant. However, some indoor environments are too dry for this fern, so be extra aware of your watering habits. Keep the humidity levels up with a humidifier or by misting the leaves daily.

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String of Pearls

string of beads hanging houseplant
Jason Donnelly

String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) is a distinctive hanging plant, thanks to its plump, round leaves running along each long, stringlike stem, similar to beads on a necklace. The beads on this unique succulent are actually filled with water to help it to survive periods of drought.

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String of Hearts

string of hearts plant
Ceropegia woodii or chain of hearts or rosary vine or hearts-on-a-string or sweetheart vine green and red plant soft focus. Courtesy of Getty Images

Arguably the most adorable option for an indoor hanging plant is the string of hearts (Ceropegia woodii). Its thin, trailing stems feature small, variegated green and silver heart-shaped leaves with hints of purple. Suspend your string of hearts from a high spot and let the love grow.

Buy It: String of Hearts (Etsy)

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red-edge peperomia clusifolia 'rainbow' with cream and green leaves
Marty Baldwin

Sometimes called a baby rubber plant, peperomia is an easy houseplant for beginners to grow. There are many varieties of this plant, and each one boasts different foliage colors and patterns. Some feature a more upright shape, while others drape their stems over the sides of their containers.

Buy It: Peperomia Marble (The Home Depot)

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Moth Orchid

Morchid hanger
Adam Albright

In nature, moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) are perched in tree branches, but you can create a similar effect by hanging them in your home. Their beautiful flowers are sure to lend an air of sophistication and elegance to any well-lit room. Create this hanging orchid planter for a modern take on an orchid display.

Buy It: White Mini Orchid Plant (The Home Depot)

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Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern
Brie Passano

This isn't your typical fern. Staghorn ferns have bold, broad leaves that never fail to make a statement. Mount yours on a wooden board to hang on a wall or assemble it in a kokedama that you can hang from the ceiling.

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Air Plants

hanging air plants in front of window
Peter Krumhardt

Since they belong to the bromeliad family, air plants don't require soil to grow, which makes them easy to display in creative ways. These wispy plants work well in glass capsules, mounted on walls, or in macrame plant hangers.

Buy It: Air Plants (The Home Depot)

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