Best Trailing Indoor Plants

Decorate With The Best Indoor Trailing Plants

Last Updated on October 5, 2021 by Plantiful Interiors

Plants are a great addition to your home, adding a wonderful touch of nature and a splash of color wherever you place them.

Whether it be the bedroom, living room, kitchen, or even the bathroom, a well-placed plant can brighten up any space.

So which plants should you choose for your home?

Of course, potted plants can go absolutely anywhere; all they need is a surface to sit on and the right conditions, and they’ll be happy doing their job of being quietly beautiful in any spot they’re put.

Or you could try something a bit more adventurous, like a trailing plant.

Why confine your plant to a pot when you could have beautiful vines and tendrils creeping and cascading around your house or apartment, turning every nook and cranny into a pretty little colorful corner?

Let’s take a look at some of the best trailing indoor plants you can add to your home today. Keep reading for more details and pictures of each plant.

  • Maidenhair Fern
  • English Ivy
  • String of Hearts
  • Heartleaf Philodendron
  • Wandering Jew
  • Hindu Rope Plant
  • Jasmine
  • String of Pearls
  • Goldfish Plant

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Best Trailing Indoor Plants Even Beginners Can Grow

Maidenhair Fern

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Maidenhair fern is a delicate plant that comes in many different varieties.

Its leaf clusters, or fronds as they are known, are usually quite lacy in appearance and range in color from deep green to almost icy green/gray.

They need a few hours of indirect sunlight each day, so possibly a west-facing window would suit it best in order to grab a few afternoon rays. It likes a moist atmosphere and doesn’t respond well to drying out, so you need to keep an eye on it.

While it can grow to be very large indeed, if kept in the right-sized pot or basket, this little fern is great for someone wanting small trailing indoor plants.

A bathroom setting would be ideal where you could hang it from the corner of a shabby-chic unit to give a subtle burst of vibrancy.

English Ivy

small variegated english ivy

A true English staple that lends itself beautifully to a slightly cooler climate.

Allowing the English Ivy to hang down and sprawl out along a dark wooden bookcase is a really classic look that oozes old English charm.

Remember, England is a generally cool and humid and that’s how this plant likes it! Avoid letting her dry out, and don’t go forcing the ivy to grow above a heater or fireplace.

To stop the plant getting too leggy, pinch the vines off just above a leaf.

Related Reading: Our Favorite Hanging Planters and Where To Hanging Them

String of Hearts

small variegated pink and green string of hearts plant

the String of Hearts is an excellent low maintenance plant for beginners. It’s actually classified as a succulent and can tolerate a fair bit of neglect.

These plants come in many varieties, consider yourself lucky if you can grab a stunning variegated one like the one shown here.

The String of Hearts is a fan of warm, sunny area but be careful not to overexpose her to too much direct sunlight.

This plant is the perfect addition to hang near and east facing window to bring life and style to the room.

For some great ideas on decorating with hanging plants and vines, check out this interview with the author of “Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants” from Architectural Digest.

Heartleaf Philodendron

frondandfolia heartleaf philodendron

Such a pretty name and such a beautiful plant. There are so many varieties of Philodendron that it’ll be hard to choose which one you like best.

This gorgeous little vine is native to Brazil, bringing a beautiful tropical vibe into your home.

You can let is trail across a shelf, or train it to grow around the sides of your kitchen cupboards. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can build an indoor trellis and train your plant to grow up a wall, or even across the ceiling.

The heart shape of the leaves will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling every time you look at it.

Wandering Jew

Small Variegated Pink Wandering Jew Plant in White Pot

Wandering Jew, also known as Spiderworts, this resilient and cute plant is best placed in a hanging basket where its vines can hang down, showing off its unusual flowers.

Depending on the variety you choose, the leaves are usually green and purple, with a silvery sheen, and the flowers can be white, pink or rose-purple.

With such a lovely arrangement of colors, you’re going to want to hang this little beauty somewhere where everyone can see it.

Try placing a basket at the top of a tall, multi-tiered plant stand and watch as the fast-growing vines decorate the stand with their pretty multi-colored leaves.

For some inspiration, check out these plant stands from Amazon:

Hindu Rope Plant

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This draping succulent bears a distinctive, thick, twisted foliage that flows out over the edge of its pot and spreads outwards in a curve, giving it it’s rope-like appearance.

It’s commonly known as krinkle kurl and produces bulbous clusters of delicate star-shaped flowers.

Set the pot on top of a rustic credenza in your entrance hall and let it weave its way down the front of the unit to add a really interesting focal point.

As a succulent, Hindu Rope doesn’t require much watering and can adapt to low light areas.



Who doesn’t love jasmine, with its simple little white flowers and sweet perfume?

Usually found outdoors, growing over and often engulfing whole walls, we don’t normally think of jasmine as being an indoor plant.

However, with the right conditions and a little pruning, there’s no reason why you can’t have a beautiful jasmine plant all of your own, to fill your living room or bedroom with its delicate evening scent.

Another climber, your jasmine plant will benefit from a trellis or something else to cling onto as it grows upwards.

Instead of a regular trellis, you can find decorative metal versions that will let the vines grow in and out and around them, giving a unique touch of old-world romanticism to the room.

You can place your metal trellis inside a decorative pot to hold it in place then help guide your climbing jasmine plant up the trellis as it grows.

String Of Pearls

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String of Pearls is another member of the succulent family, this curious-looking plant grows like a string bearing green pearls and adds a quirky touch to your home.

It does well in bright light, so try placing it on a sunny windowsill and wait for it to make its way down the wall towards the floor.

If left unattended, the plant will keep growing, so you will have to keep trimming it to the desired length. Be extra careful with any fallen beads/pearls as they can be toxic to children and animals if eaten.

This really is such a unique plant, so you’ll want it to take center stage somewhere special.

Hanging a pretty basket over an entrance, or suspended from a high ceiling, this show-stopper of a plant will look stunning wherever you put it.

Ohio Tropics has put together this fantastic article on how to care for your String of Pearls plant.

Goldfish Plant

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Such an usual plant, any guest in your home is going to ask you about this Goldfish Plant.

This trailing plant gets its name from the deep orange flowers, which look like leaping goldfish when in bloom.

This happy little chap will add some sparkle wherever you put it, especially with the bright flowers which contrast the dark green leaves.

Native to Central and South America, this plant likes it warm and is drought-resistant, so is best placed in a bright, sunny spot with indirect sunlight.

Another plant that looks great in a hanging basket, if you have a good light source in your kitchen, it would be a colorful addition to enjoy looking at while you cook.

What’s Your Favorite Trailing Indoor Plant?

These are just some of the best trailing indoor plants to bring more joy into your home, but the possibilities really are endless.

Whether it’s hanging baskets or creeping vines, there’s a trailing plant idea to suit everyone.

Have a look around your apartment or house; where could use a touch of flair or a pop of green?

Whatever the space, there’s a trailing plant waiting to brighten it up!

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