7 Houseplants That Look Great on a Shelf

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Plant walls and shelves are among today’s hottest trends in interior design. And no wonder, they blur the boundaries between indoors and the outdoors. Plants bring fresh air and greenery into a space that might otherwise look sterile and lifeless. Placing plants on shelves is also a great way to take advantage of vertical space, especially for those with small rooms. Here are seven of our favorite trailing plants that you can use to incorporate this stylish trend into your home or office.

1. Creeping fig

(Ficus repens)

Ficus pumila - Creeping fig

A cute vining member of the Ficus family, this delicate yet easy-care houseplant will trail its shiny green heart-shaped leaves over the side of its pot on twining stems.

2. Spider plant


Chlorophytum comosum - Spider Plant

The aptly named spider plant sends out leggy tendrils dotted with bursts of baby plants that look like friendly green arachnids clinging to their mothers’ legs.

3. Ivy

(Hedera helix)

Hedera helix - English Ivy

Ivy comes in a variety of foliage colors and patterns, always adding a dash of elegance to a plant grouping with its gracefully draping vines.

4. Wandering Jew


Tradescantia fluminensis - Wandering Jew

This easy-care houseplant sports foliage in greens, reds, yellows, and purples, attractively arranged on dripping stems made to spill over the side of a pot or the edge of a shelf.

5. Million hearts

(Dischidia ruscifolia)

Dischidia ruscifolia - Million hearts plant

Picture handfuls of tiny, green hearts dancing and weaving their way from your pot down over your shelf–that’s what this low-maintenance houseplant will bring to your indoor garden.

6. String of hearts

(Ceropegia woodii)

Ceropegia woodii - String of hearts plant

Bring on the love! String of hearts is another plant that will cascade tiny hearts over your shelf, and the green of these unusual leaves is tinted with a silver for an ethereal overall effect.

7. Rhipsalis

(Rhipsalis species)


This low-maintenance succulent plant produces a dense mass of spindly branches that spill over the side of the pot. This is a fun plant to use in a container with a face, such as a Jack-o-lantern, because it gives the illusion of hair.

Houseplants introduce welcome greenery into any interior design scheme, whether they are grouped on tables, massed in a corner, or marking an entryway. Plants trailing from shelves provides you with one more great way to display your houseplants. It’s a terrific way to optimize space, put plants at eye level, and help transform a space into a relaxed, jungle-like oasis.

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