When you live in a city in a small apartment that offers little in the way of "nature," house plants become more of a necessity than a want. Hanging plants are especially attractive when you lack floor and counter space but still want to create an in-home garden, as they hang from the ceiling and easily add style to any room. There are about a million different ways to use hanging planters, from vertical wall gardens to simple DIYs, so we rounded up our current in-store favorites to get you started on your hanging plant journey.
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Hanging planters are having their moment, and I had a lot of fun applying my design eye and shopping intelligence to this field - which is new for me personally.
I like classic. I like natural materials. I like something that will blend in a bit and let the plant shine.
While not fashion forward or super decorative, I immediately loved this design from Crate & Barrel (which is not a shop I've pulled from lately). This simple "white planter with rope hanger" is super pleasing to look at and hold in your hand, and it's made of the earth, which makes sense to me. All of that plus the great price makes this my favorite of the season.
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This cute little planter from Urban Outfitters has a fun but neutral glaze finish and twine hangings. It's ideal for small- to medium-sized plants with leaves that won't cover the nice planter design, such as sparser ferns or philodendrons.
On the high end, this small ceramic planter adds some drama to your basic air plant. Made of matte stoneware and sculpted to create sharp edges, this planter could easily be used as industrial-inspired decor, with or without an air plant.
To add a little bohemian vibe to your space, check out this made-to-order macrame planter from Etsy seller Mango & More. Best for small plants in 4-8" pots, the standard length is 40", but you can also custom-order between 20-60" in length.
One of our top picks, this hanging planter from Amazon acts like a hammock for your plant. It's made of handwoven, 100% cotton rope, and is ideal for smaller but leafy plants that won't get lost, like Pothos or Wandering Jew.
Another gorgeous macrame option found on Etsy, this hanger from San Diego-based shop Paradise Native comes in two sizes and three color combinations. Unlike other macrame hangers that only come in one color, this hanger has suede accents that give a more modern feel to a classic design.
Looking for something a bit different from the average planter? Check out this design-friendly planter from Anthropologie that comes with a matching clay pot. This option is made for very small and slow-growing plants like succulents or cacti—the "large" size is only 5" wide.
Sleek and sophisticated, this planter from West Elm can be purchased as a single planter or 3-in-1. It's larger than it looks, with each pot measuring 6.5" wide, and is best suited to succulents, cacti or aloe plants that won't intrude on their neighbors.
Another Anthropologie pick, this heavy duty hanger holds three different-sized plants in reflective metallic pots. There's a lot of freedom here to experiment with different plants, and its large size will make this planter a focal point of your space.
For a more natural clay look, try this terracotta hanger from Target. The neutral color looks great with all types of flora, so we recommend planting lush, cascading plants like ivy, jasmine or verbena to really make the most of this pot.
From the garden experts at Terrain comes this lovely earthenware bowl that actually comes with drainage holes. This pick is wide but shallow, so you'll have to make sure to choose plants that can thrive with a shallow root system—succulents and boxwoods are two good examples.
Simple and sturdy, this planter comes with a hand-thrown stoneware pot and matching crochet basket for easy hanging. The 6.5" diameter makes this pot ideal for medium-sized plants—go for something colorful like Calathea or Maranta.
Tips for Hanging Plants
- Check the drainage. Many "pretty" planters don't have drainage holes in them, so you'll have to keep them in a nursery pot and place it all in the hanger (and if your plant doesn't have a nursery pot, then DIY your own using food containers!). Just be careful not to overwater, and check from time to time to make sure there's no excess water sitting at the bottom. A little bit is fine; too much will drown your plant.
- Water more frequently. If there's one thing I took away from middle school science class, it's that hot air rises and cold air sinks. The air closer to your ceiling is warmer and drier than air closer to the floor, so your hanging plants might need a bit more watering. But remember: Overwatering will quickly kill hanging plants that can't drain!
- Don't be afraid to prune. Trimming the dead and straggly leaves will encourage your plant to grow lusher leaves and flowers in their place. I learned this a few weeks ago when I trimmed what felt like way too many leaves from one of my hanging plants—until new ones grew back with a happy vengeance in no time.
Other Good Resources:
- 20 Charming DIY Indoor Hanging Planters to Display Your Greenery — Morning Chores
- How to Care for Hanging Plants — The Spruce
- 13 DIY Hanging Planters to Give Your Indoor Garden a Lift — Brit + Co
- Caring for Hanging Plants — Horticulture Magazine