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Save Space With These Hanging Plants

by Sally Masters, P.A. 04/25/2021

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Hanging plants and vertical gardens are an excellent way to conserve precious square footage while still getting the environmental and aesthetic benefits of houseplants. You can achieve this by attaching hooks or other fixtures to ceilings and walls and hanging baskets, pots and planters. If you live somewhere where making holes in surfaces isn’t an option, you can also set up a free-standing vertical garden against a wall. There are plenty of ways to do it, but how do you know which plants to use? Here we’ve identified some of the best choices of plants for hanging from walls or ceilings.


Also known as Devil’s Ivy or Money Plants, pothos are the ubiquitous choice for hanging and vertical gardens. These plants are extremely hardy, require little maintenance and can thrive in low light. They produce long, delicate vines with heart-shaped leaves that spill over the sides of pots and containers. The vines don’t cling to surfaces like ivy, but you can easily hold them up and train them onto door jambs and window frames.

Boston Fern

Boston ferns are also called Sword Ferns and are the easiest to grow of the fern family. Boston ferns create lots of bushy green volume, making them a great aesthetic choice for hanging pots and wall planters. The long, pointed fronds fan out from the center and can become extremely large if allowed the room. They are drought resistant but still require lots of humidity, so you’ll need to mist them regularly to keep them happy.

Spider Plants

Spider plants are famously easy to care for and a popular choice for hanging in windows because they love sunlight. Once they grow and mature, some spider plants can produce small offshoot “plantlets” (also referred to as “spiders”) from the main plant. This in combination with their long slender leaves makes them look great hanging in pots or on the wall. Just make sure they get enough sunshine and can drain properly in between waterings.

English Ivy

Unlike pothos, English ivy is a climbing vine. It produces rich dark green leaves from vines ranging from delicate to thick depending on the age and size of the plant. English ivy makes a visually striking and beautiful choice for hanging indoors, but depending on where you live, it might be hard to get. This is because it’s listed as an invasive species in some areas and even outright banned for sale and import in the state of Oregon. That said, this outlaw plant is safe to grow indoors where it can’t get out of control. Just keep it away from pets, as it is toxic when ingested.

Morning Glory

Morning glory is very common in outdoor hanging fixtures but also grows very well indoors with enough sunlight. These plants are fast-growing climbing vines with small heart-shaped leaves and bright flowers. There are multiple varieties of morning glory, but blue and purple are the most common colors of blooms. This plant is an easy option if you want some flowers to hang up indoors without a lot of maintenance.

Always consider the needs of the specific plants individually before you plan to put anything together. Vertical wall-gardens with many varieties of plant look great but can be more difficult to manage, as not all hanging options will have the same sunlight or humidity requirements. Many indoor plants are hardy, but they still need to be cared for. This means frequently taking down plants to water, drain or prune. Careful planning will help you avoid frustration and achieve indoor plants that flourish.

About the Author

Sally Masters, P.A.

Trustworthy, reliable, hardworking---a committed and dedicated Realtor who has earned the respect and admiration of her peers and the many clients who have called on her to consummate an important Real Estate transaction.

For over two decades, Sally Masters has been successfully listing and selling homes throughout Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft. Myers and Cape Coral and surrounding areas. Today, she is recognized as one of Southwest Florida’s most outstanding marketing, negotiating and sales professionals. In 2018, this native of London, England joined the Signature International Premier Properties team, bringing her vast knowledge and insight of the residential, waterfront, golf course and estate home marketplace to one of Florida’s fastest growing Real Estate Companies.

Sally has few equals in regards to her list of industry-wide certifications and designations. They include being a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and an Institute Luxury Home Market member. Sally has earned a CIPS Designation (Certified International Property Specialist), the RSPS Certification (Resort and Second Home Property Specialist) the SRES Designation (Senior Real Estate Specialist) and the MRP Certification (Military Relocation Professional)

In addition, she has been the recipient of the prestigious Ad Miller Award, recognizing an individual who has contributed to the enhancement and preservation of private property rights. In August, 2018, Sally was featured in Forbes Magazine as a Real Estate Market leader for Southwest Florida.

Sally Masters’ network of clients stretches far and wide- both beyond the United States and throughout Canada and Europe. For years, she has successfully worked with the many international buyers and sellers who invest and call home to Naples and its surrounding environs.

Going above and beyond for her many clients and her commitment to keep her buyers and sellers well informed throughout the entire transaction process is what truly defines Sally’s highly acclaimed work ethic. She constantly receives referrals and new business from her many satisfied clients who enlisted her as their broker of choice and remain in close contact.

Sally continues to give to the community she has called home for many years. She is the active and proud founder of the www., a charitable organization that sends packages to our troops stationed overseas.