House Plants for Hanging Baskets

House plants don't have to be limited to rows of pots filled with wax begonias and bromeliads. Hanging baskets can be lively additions to the home, allowing for cascading greenery that can brighten up the kitchen, home office or living room. There are a number of house plants that are especially well-suited for hanging baskets.

Angular Sea Fig

A native of South Africa, angular sea fig (Carpobrotus glaucescens) is a trailing succulent that boasts fluffy bright purple flowers and fleshy blue-green foliage. Excellent for an indoor hanging basket, angular sea fig does best in full sunlight coming from the south or west. The plant requires soil that is well-drained and slightly moist. For best results, fertilizer the plant with water-soluble fertilizer in spring and summer.

Crown Fern

Native to the Philippines, crown fern (Aglaomorpha coronans) is a lush, rich green foliage plant that grows well in a hanging basket. Ideally, crown fern should be placed in bright, indirect sunlight coming from the south, west or east. Mist crown fern occasionally with warm, lime-free water to maintain humidity around the plant. Crown fern grows best in rich, well-drained soil that is kept slightly moist at all times. Use a hanging basket that has a hole in the bottom for drainage.

Sweet Marjoram

Sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) is an ideal house plant for a hanging basket in the kitchen, producing cascading blue-green foliage that is both functional and attractive. The herb is commonly used in cooking and can be used dried or fresh from the basket. Native to Southwest Asia, Africa and Turkey, sweet marjoram prefers bright, indirect light. The plant does best in well-drained, limey soil that is kept consistently moist.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.