Logo

Interiors: How to create beautiful displays with hanging plants

PUBLISHED: 08:06 20 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:04 20 March 2015

Ivy and moss in a vintage pot

Ivy and moss in a vintage pot

Helen Cathcart

West Hampstead ‘balcony gardener’ Isabelle Palmer demonstrates how to make simple but gorgeous hanging plant displays in your home.

Which plants grow best in hanging pots?

Asparagus fern – Boston Fern-Ferns (numerous species) – Peperomia – Baby’s tears (Soleiroliasoleirolii) – Climbing fig (Ficuspumila) – Ivy species – Kalanchoe – Philodendron species – Purple shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) – Rosary vine (Ceropegiawoodii) – Guzmania – Basil – Parsley – Chives – Marjoram – Oregano – Thyme – Mint

Spring is my favourite time of year. There is something quite magical about everything coming back to life and the anticipation of the impending summer. With its glory of green and colour washing the landscape, I find it such an exciting time. The nights are getting lighter and longer, the birds are tweeting and my instinctive decorating and gardening bug has resolutely kicked back into action.

So, while the paint charts are brought out again and I ponder my next colour foray, I’m planning a little distraction. My focus is inside as I’m not quite ready to dedicate myself to my balconies, but I don’t see any harm in adding more green touches indoors as a pleasant distraction.

I love the idea of hanging baskets and plants. While they are often a familiar sight adorning the front of houses, I think they look just as good or even better indoors.

For many they may evoke old fashioned and gaudy geraniums, lobelia, primroses and pansies, but, with a bit of thought, they can be a stunning addition to your interior.

These are a really creative way to display indoor plants and create a fabulous point of interest in the living room above a long table, or displayed in the hallway. This arrangement features lush green, trailing ivy (Hedera) and busy Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniesis’). Why not try herbs to give yourself an indoor herb garden?

If you don’t have any outdoor space, hanging baskets can also be a small substitute for having your own mini garden.

The baskets I use here are readily available in garden stores but there are a few different sizes, so pick the one most suited to where you’re planning to place it.

I would say go for the biggest container you can fit there.

How to plant up a basket

As you want to retain as much water as possible to cut down watering I usually use a water retaining compost. There are many of these on the market. Some are labelled as suitable for tubs and baskets so use one of these if in doubt.

Another option is to buy some water retaining granules that you can add to any garden compost. See the instructions on the back of the packet for how much to use.

Watering

Insufficient and excessive watering are among many reasons a plant might fail, so check out the water requirements for your plants and always ensure you group plants in a container that require the same amount.

To avoid any damage I normally water the baskets outdoors just in case, but if not just be vigilant not to over water and damage any floors and furniture.

The other hanging pots such as the vintage and macramé won’t need to be watered outside but just be careful if they don’t have drainage holes that you don’t over-water and drown the plant as the water can’t escape.

To evaluate watering, submerging your finger an inch deep or so into the container soil should reveal a general sense of soil moisture. If it’s dry then water; if it’s moist, hang off for a couple of days.

Where should you hang your basket?

I prefer to hang mine close to a window, which keeps the plant happy, but they will do well as long as you site the plant in conditions similar to its natural environment.

The bathroom is a great place for house plants thanks to the humidity and warmth and, if coupled with a bright sunny position, is great even for tropical plants.

Ivy can grow in more shade so it’s not essential they have a lot of sun. Hanging plants can also provide a distraction in front of the window to block unsightly views.

Property search


e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Other Hampstead and Highgate property news

Wasps: a total nuisance or horticultural hero?

They may be the biggest nuisance at summer barbecues, but wasps are also of great benefit to the garden - but how so? A top entomologist reveals all

Seven ways to make sure your dahlias dazzle this summer

As dahlia societies nationwide stage their annual shows this month, expert Katie Kingett offers seven tips to success with these late summer showstoppers

Rug designer Sonya Winner, opens showroom in Dartmouth Park

Emma Rice talks to rug designer Sonya Winner about her passion for colour and her new inspirational showroom in Dartmouth Park

Inside the St John’s Wood home of interior designer, Brian Woulfe

This elegant apartment in St John’s Wood has been carefully curated by interior designer and former concert pianist, Brian Woulfe

House price gap between London and regional cities set to narrow over next two years

The property price gap between London and other cities around the UK is predicted to narrow in the next two years according to figures published by Hometrack

Tom Dixon kicks off series of architecture and design events in Kings Cross

Architecture and design discussion group New London Architecture will be hosting a series of dinners at Spiritland in Kings Cross this summer, starting with an event featuring renowned furniture, lighting and home accessory designer Tom Dixon, on Thursday, July 26.

‘The means of production are changing’ - designer Tom Dixon looks to the future

Tom Dixon, designer of iconic modernist furniture and lighting, has moved his business to a new Kings Cross HQ. Here he talks about what he learned working in the music industry, moving to the epicentre of London’s future industries and finding new creative ‘obsessions’.

New Middle Eastern antiques department opens at Alfies in Lisson Grove

One of London’s last remaining indoor antique markets, Alfies, on Church Street, has launched a dedicated Middle Eastern art, antiques and design department, spanning two floors and more than 4,000 square feet.

Eight ways to get your kids into the garden this summer

As the school holidays beckon, designer Ann-Marie Powell

shares top tips with Hannah Stephen for getting youngsters outdoors

Looking after your lawn: three essential tools

Love your lawn? So, get the right tools to help you maintain it in summer. Hannah Stephenson selects three essentials to make the job easier.

David Walliams is selling Noel Gallagher’s former Belsize Park home

Britain’s Got Talent judge and author David Walliams is selling his Hampstead home for 5.35million with Marcus Parfitt.

Column: Simon Gerrard on choosing the right area to live in

Good fences make good neighbours goes the saying, but fellow residents can have an impact on the enjoyment of your home. North London estate agent Simon Gerrard shares his tips for finding the perfect location.

Most Read

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


2018 © Archant Community Media Ltd

Terms and conditions | Cookie policy | Jobs at Archant