Indoor plants add warmth, colour and life to our homes. Where space is tight, look for cascading plants to spill over the edge of shelves, benches or even drip from hanging baskets suspended from the ceiling. Just ensure the plant receives bright light for most of the day but is out of direct sunlight and cold draughts. Water when the potting mix begins to dry out and let water drain. From time to time, leave them outdoors to regenerate, and repot them into fresh potting mix.With that in mind, these four plants are ideal choices to drape in your home...
Photographer: Mark RoperStylist: Tamara Maynes
1. Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum). This is one of the easiest of all indoor plants to grow and one that drapes beautifully. Devil’s ivy (also called pothos) has small but tough heart-shaped green leaves that are splashed with yellow. These plants have trailing stems and are easy to grow from cuttings to increase your collection.
2. Chain of hearts (Ceropegia woodii). This plant grows long, elegant chains of tiny mottled grey-green heart-shaped leaves. It’s a plant that not only drapes from a bookshelf but can be trained to grow around the room or drip elegantly from a hanging basket. It needs little care other than an occasional watering.
3. Philodendron (Philodendron scandens). Climbing philodendrons are often sold growing on a support but grow hanging down as happily as climbing up. For a larger leaf, look for the tree philodendron (bipinnatifidum), which has very large green and deeply divided leaves. It is similar in appearance to Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa), which is a large leafed climbing or trailing plant that can also be grown indoors.
4. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum). As the strappy leafed spider plant grows it produces plantlets that hang down from the mother plant much like spiders dangling from a web. Enjoy the cascade of growth or detach a few of the small satellite plants to grow more plants. The variegated spider plant has white leaves striped with green and is very attractive and easy to grow.