Hanging basket plants provide a special touch of attractiveness and interest to window areas, conservatories and patio areas within and around the home.
Spider Plant – Chlorophytum Comosum
Most people know of this common plant named the spider plant. These are ideal for growing within a hanging basket once it matures, not so much while it’s young. When they grow smaller stems and plantlets they can really look incredible hanging. Easy to care for species although if neglected they tend to look very untidy.
Donkeys Tail Plant – Sedum Morganianum
This species from the Sedum genus of plants is one of the few succulents that trail well enough for a hanging basket. Displaying small and thick leaves overlapping each other like a donkeys tail trailing. Be sure to be able to provide enough light where the plant will reside and prevent overtwatering. Also make sure during winter the plant wont get too cold.
Boston Fern – Nephrolepis Exaltata
The Boston fern displays arching fronds with a feather like appearance growing up to 3ft in length that makes it suitable for growing in a hanging basket. This fern is quite easy to grow indoors, although you will need to pay particular attention to its care needs compared to other plants I have included within this selection.
Rabbit’s Foot – Davallia Fejeensis
The Rabbit’s foot is another Fern that can grow within a hanging basket quite happily. It received its common name because of the furry rhizomes that grow and creep. The fronds are similar to the Boston fern, although these grow in an upright fashion. Improving humidity levels and bright light with some shade will encourage success growing this species.
Rat’s Tail – Aporocactus Flagelliformis
The Rat’s tail is a flowering cactus that produces attractive tubular shaped flowers along any part of the stems. These flowers are pink in color and bloom during spring for up to 5 days or so. The stems that hang can grow a few feet long and have spines. Being a cacti makes this plant one of the easiest to maintain regarding its care requirements.
Wandering Jew – Tradescantia
When the Wandering Jew is a young plant it does not make a great hanging basket plant, but when it matures the stems begin to hang making it a great choice (it grows fast). Flowers do appear, although they’re not very showy. Very easy to care for and nothing special is required to assist its growth apart from bright light etc. Pruning every season should be done.
Creeping Fig – Ficus Pumila
Although the creeping fig is mostly seen climbing walls or a trellis they do make great container and hanging basket plants. These display very small heart shaped leaves on wiry hard stems. The Pumila is from the Ficus genus and is tough in nature and easy maintenance.
Elyssa Goins is an experienced house plant hobbyist who maintains over a hundred plants. She is a gardener, beekeeper, and a proud mother of four. She is a member of the American Horticultural Society, has a published study in the National Social Science Association, and loves to talk about her love of plants. For the past twenty years, she’s been all about growing and caring for various fruits, veggies, herbs, livestock, kids, and houseplants. Managing a big garden to feed four growing kids and raising dairy goats has taught her so much about being an excellent plant parent and now is her time to share with you.