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6 Tips for Decorating with Hanging Plants

Feb 16, 2017

Houseplants can make even the drabbest indoor space come alive. Hanging plants are the perfect solution for those whose space lacks the surface area to house potted plants. Adding some greenery to ceiling hooks or empty wall space can also be a safer option for homeowners with small children and household pets.

This season, invest in quality plants from the Carpinito Bros. nursery -- now open and brimming with springtime color! We carry many varieties of sun and shade baskets grown right here in our onsite greenhouses. Ask our nursery specialists for care instructions to keep your new additions healthy and vibrant, and inject even more style into your space with these decorating tips!

1. Think beyond the default basket

Most hanging plants come housed in a standard plastic basket upon purchase. While these are functional in that they effectively contain the soil and moisture your plant needs to thrive, several hanging varieties can either be repotted in a basket of your choice, or you can opt to customize the default planter. Ultimately, the right planter can add even more aesthetic value to your space. Consider jazzing yours up with a custom paint job or decoupage, or shop around for unique pottery handcrafted by artisans or vintage pieces from antique shops.

2. Create your own macrame hangers

70s-style macrame is coming back in a big way. One of the hottest trends in hanging lighting right now is wire bulb cages wrapped in unique macrame designs. You can play off of this trend by creating macrame hangers for your individual plants. Depending on the thickness of the twine used, a macrame hanger can easily support medium-sized planters. With a bit of patience and DIY-savviness, you can create anything from spiral designs to knotted patterns using a wide variety of twine colors.

3. Train vines to climb the walls

If you are cultivating fast-growing vines such as pothos (also known as Devil’s Ivy), you may wonder what to do as the plant expands. Secure the base of the plant in a hanging pot near a stable light source. On a nearby wall, use nails or tacks as anchors and string to create a web that runs from the top of your hanging plant. This will not only allow your vines to grow practically maintenance free (no trimming required!), but it will add a beautiful indoor jungle feel to the space where they grow.

4. Stagger height and size to create a botanical window treatment

If you don't have curtains or blinds, or if you have chosen to remove them to maximize the natural light in your space, you can create a living alternative. Select a half dozen or more plants of different sizes, colors, and shapes, and place them in close proximity over the upper portion of your window's casing. A plant curtain can be even better than linens!

5. Curate a living wall

If you have a wall that receives ample natural light, you can install planters or shelves to hold a variety of sun plants. For instance, one shelf could hold succulents, while another is decked out in moss-filled terrariums.

6. No limits to creativity

One of the simplest ways to make your hanging plants unique and expressive of your personality and design aesthetic is to get creative about what you use as planters. From antique vases and pitchers to woven baskets and terra cotta masterpieces, anything that will hold enough soil and provide drainage can be turned into an improvised hanging planter. Visit the local thrift shop or turn possessions you already have into planters.