Shade Loving Hanging Plants

Hanging plants decorate porches, balconies and indoor areas. There are many shade loving plants that are used in shady areas to add color and interest, and they thrive in low light conditions. Some plants can even suffer damage from exposure to full sun. Hanging plants require a good draining container so the soil does not stay wet and promote root rot. Use lightweight soil mixtures like equal parts of potting soil, peat moss and perlite.

Algerian Ivy

Algerian ivy (Hedera canariensis) is a rapidly growing evergreen vine. The trailing stems can reach 30 feet long. Pinch the vines back to control their growth. Large, shiny leaves are green with variegated edges. The leaves turn bronze in the cool temperatures of winter. Algerian ivy is salt tolerant and thrives in coastal conditions.


Fuchsias (Fuchsia x hybrida) have drooping stems covered with dark green, oval leaves. Bi-colored, bell-shaped flowers bloom in the spring and continue until the first frost of fall. The flowers appear in pairs and droop from the stems on 1- to 2-inch flower stalks. The blossoms are any combination of white, pink, red, magenta and purple. Fuchsias require the cooler temperatures of the shade. They dislike the heat and humidity of full sun conditions.

Heart Leaf Philodendron

Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron scandens) produces dark green, heart-shaped leaves that are 2 to 3 inches long. This cascading vine rarely flowers in any environment but its native one. Allow the soil to dry out to the touch between watering sessions.

Lady's Mantle

Lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis) grows 10 to 12 inches tall and produces spreading stems 18 to 24 inches long. The palmate leaves consist of seven to 11 shallow-lobed edges. Chartreuse flowers appear in early summer without petals. Lady's mantle thrives in moist, rich soil.

Sweet Woodruff

Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) is a perennial herb used as a scented ground cover. The umbrella-like leaves form whorls around the stems. Branches stretch to 12 inches long and drape over the edge of the container. White flower blossoms appear from late spring through mid-summer. Low growing sweet woodruff's leaves will burn if exposed to full sunlight.

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