Hanging plants are great fun, as they follow you around your house or apartment: dangling from the ceiling, peering over a shelf, nestled in a cupboard or trailing on the ground. Which one(s) should you choose? We've picked out 13 of the best for you.
NEPENTHES (PITCHER PLANT)
The Pitcher Plant — you may know it as Nepenthes — is renowned for its unusual shape, beautiful pitchers and bloodthirsty reputation. It is the crown jewel of carnivorous plants.
SCINDAPSUS PICTUS (Devil's Ivy)
Scindapsus Pictus or Devil's Ivy can hang down or climb high. With its distinctive leaves it not only makes your home more beautiful, but also helps to purify the air indoors.
CEROPEGIA WOODII (STRING OF HEARTS)
The flowers of Ceropegia — also known as String-Of-Hearts — are so unusual, you wonder how nature came up with them! The leaves are also extremely beautiful - like a living watercolour painting.
PILEA GLAUCA (ARTILLERY PLANT)
Pilea Glauca has an unusual nickname: the artillery plant. If this houseplant’s flowers are ripe and you touch them, the plant fires its pollen into the air explosively. To witness the phenomenon with your own eyes, find yourself a Pilea Glauca.
SENECIO ROWLEYANUS (STRING OF PEARLS)
The String-Of-Pearls is a real hit on Instagram. This hanging succulent stands out because of its round leaves that look like a pearl necklace. Place it in partial shade and water once a fortnight. Job done.
With its green leaves and warm red stems, Peperomia Pepperspot looks good flowing over a high pot, but also hanging down from the ceiling. Place it in a bright spot, avoiding direct sunlight.
Gorgeous flowers protruding from tall green spikes: it sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? Meet Cymbidium, the ‘king of the orchids’, and bring some colour to your urban jungle.
This popular hanging plant grows incredibly quickly and has strong air-purifying properties. It thrives everywhere in the house except in direct sunlight. It’s a real keeper.
MONSTERA MONKEY MASK
Search for #plant on Instagram and you'll quickly come across the Monstera. Its large green leaves with holes are unmistakeable. Vine-like Monstera Monkey Mask is the little brother of the mega Monstera Deliciosa. And it's a living air purifier as well.
EPIPHYLLUM ANGULIGER (FISHBONE CACTUS)
With its wavy zigzag leaves the Fishbone Cactus brings a bit of wow into your home. Unlike most cactus species the Epiphyllum Anguliger does not like bright sunshine or very dry soil, so place it in partial shade and watch it do its stuff.
TRADESCANTIA PURPUSII & TRADESCANTIA FLUM QUADRICOLOUR
Easy to manage, with fabulous leaves and a musical name, Tradescantia Purpusii and Flum Quadricolour are a guaranteed hit in your home. Every leaf they produce is gorgeous.
Although the name might suggest otherwise, Pilea Depressa is a cheerful little plant. Easy to care for and fun to look at, it's related to the popular Pilea Peperomioides.
Parthenocissus Amazonica is a true beauty: the leaves are green with a silver sheen on the upper side, and glossy red underneath. In the summer this plant has fun hanging in the garden or on the balcony, but again avoiding direct sunlight where possible.
Which of these hanging plants will be enjoying a place in your home? Show us with the hashtag #thejoyofplants.