Hanging Basket Plants

Looking for an easy way to add beautiful style around your home?

Try hanging basket plants near windows, in a sunroom, or on your porch or patio. They lend a fresh burst of color just about anywhere.

They're space-savers, too. You'll make the most out of the space you have with hanging plants. Their cascading foliage looks lavish, graceful and draws the eye upward, helping to create better balance in a room.

fuchsia houseplantIts preference for shade makes fuchsia an ideal hanging houseplant. Photo credit: Alicja


Nothing beats fuchsia for an explosion of vibrant, eye-catching blooms. Easy to find in garden centers and nurseries, there's just no excuse not to enjoy this sizzling show of flowers all season.

Hang your fuchsia plant near a window, where it'll get filtered sunlight. If you hang it outdoors, keep it in a shady location. These made-in-the-shade bloomers don't like harsh, direct sunlight.

It's a perennial, so you can overwinter it indoors. Bring your plant inside when the temperature drops below 45°F/7°C. It won't tolerate frost.

Don't Hang Your Plants Out to Dry

Plants grown in hanging baskets tend to dry out fast. Because heat rises, the air is warmer and drier near the ceiling...and that affects your plants.

Check the soil often and don't allow it to dry out. Flowering plants, especially, and ferns like constant moisture.

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Hoya Vine

Hoya carnosa looks stunning at eye-level. Pot it in a hanging basket for all to admire. Also called wax plant, Hoya flower clusters are made up of shiny, star-shaped flowers.  

Keep this tropical beauty indoors year-round. It doesn't like direct sunlight or fluctuating temperatures.

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Chenille Plant

Want a daring departure from the ho-hum?

Fuzzy, tassel-like blooms spill over the sides of the container, making this captivating plant an ideal hanging basket plant -- and a sure conversation starter.

Hang chenille plant in a bright window and you'll have a show of blooms from spring through fall.

Sun Seekers and Shade-Dwellers

Consider lighting when planning a location for your plants.

Sun-loving geraniums won't do well dangling above a dark stairwell. Stems will become leggy and will lean toward a light source if a plant doesn't get the light it needs.

Likewise, many plants will get scorched leaves if suddenly placed in hot, direct sun. Give your plants the light they need by hanging plants near windows, from skylights, or vaulted-ceiling beams in a sun-drenched room.

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Asparagus Fern

With soft, feathery foliage trailing 2 ft (60 cm) or more, asparagus fern looks elegant among other house plants. It's also a popular seasonal container plant in temperate climates, mixed with brightly colored flowers. 

Want to move your fern outdoors for the summer? That's fine. Just keep it shaded from hot sun.

Looking for indoor plant hangersYou'll find them here along with helpful tips for your hanging plant.

ivy geranium, hanging basket plantNo other color captures attention like red. Photo: Hans Braxmeier

Ivy Geranium

Put ivy geranium in a hanging basket -- indoors or out -- and marvel at its gorgeous ivy-like trailing foliage studded with flower clusters.

Not a true geranium, but this Pelargonium is a trailing plant well-suited for a hanging planterLet it have as much light as possible, and you'll be rewarded with a profusion of colorful flowers.

Plant sconces create a beautiful transition between the outdoors and indoor areas. Place your hanging wall planters near a window or sliding glass door.

Hanging Basket Plants are Space Savers

You'll make the most out of the space you have with hanging basket plants. Their cascading foliage looks lavish, graceful and draws the eye upward, helping to create better balance in a room.

Want to try the hottest trend in indoor gardening? Take a look at the vertical gardens here. You'll discover the easiest way to hang a tropical garden on the wall.