• UO Guide: Hanging Plant How-Tos

    We’re convinced hanging plants are the ideal way to bring a little nature into a small space — see how we install, arrange, and style some of our favorites here, all with the help of blogging duo The New Darlings.
    Photos by The New Darlings

    Hanging plants are one of the easiest ways to personalize your home — there are two ways to start: with a favorite planter (macrame, metal, beaded, leather…), or a cool plant that you're looking to display in a fresh way (read on for some of our favorites). We always like to repot the plants a week or so after bringing them home, just so they don’t get “shocked” in their new environment. 

    After your plants get acquainted to their new home, take them outside with some hanging planters and repot them. We like to use a mix of terra-cotta pots and baskets. Other things you'll need are lightweight soil, a hook, and an anchor. 

    Every plant is different and it may sound silly, but considering your lifestyle is the best way to choose which plants to bring in your home and how to hang/display them. Big windows are always a plus, but if you don’t have a lot of light to work with, there are still options. When arranging, we like to play with varying heights and textures, mixing in leafy plants with others that have more of a structural element to them. The knotted macrame planter is a favorite for that. Corners are also a great spot, because usually they are close to a window and get a good amount of light at different times each day. 

    Once you've got em hung in the spot you like, be sure to rotate your plants often, making sure each side of the plant gets equal sun. (If you use a swivel hook to hang them, it makes this part a bit easier.) We love seeing what crazy ways our plants bend, curve, and adjust to the light.

    With hanging planters, especially macrame ones, we love to display plants with cascading leaves or vines. Senecio radicans, also known as “fishhook" plants are a great option and super easy to maintain. They only require a light misting a few days a week and don’t need bright light. Another favorite of ours is the “Lipstick plant.” These get super full and grow pretty easily with moderate to bright light—some of ours have even began to grow within and around the macrame planter we have them in, which gives it a really fun look. 

    If you like a full look, Philodendrons are great hanging plants, with heart-shaped leaves. They look really pretty trailing over large pieces of furniture or mantels. For an even more delicate approach, look for String of Pearls plants at your local nursery. We love mixing in some floor plants with hanging plants, displaying them in various baskets and terra cotta pots. Fiddle Leaf Fig trees, snake plants, and Split-Leaf Philodendron plants are some other standbys. For the most part, they have larger leaves which fill up a space quite nicely, and you can usually get away with watering them just once a week.

    We love the way plants add an entirely new element to any indoor space — literally bringing it to life. We definitely adopt a maximalist philosophy to our plant habits: we have them tucked away in each corner, on every shelf, even in the bathroom. So go for it and bring the outdoors in — more is more!

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