Bathroom Hanging Plants & Ideas

Bringing aesthetics and life to your bathroom may need just a touch of hanging plants, either natural or artificial.

Some of the best hanging plants for your bathroom include the Boston fern, Jade Pothos, Tillandsia, Begonia, Chenille Plant, spider plant, arrowhead plants, the String of Pearls, and many more. You can place these plants on the shower rails or in baskets/pots and then hang them on the wall. Read on for details and hanging ideas 

Spider Plant

This is a plant that originates from South Africa. Its scientific name is Chlorophytum comosum. Other common names include Airplane Plant, St. Bernard’s Lily, Spider Ivy, Ribbon Plant, and Hen and Chickens.

Spider Plant
Spider Plant

It is so named because of the way its leaves appear. Its leaves are variegated with white and green stripes. They are also slender overarching foliage that springs forth offshoots or pups to produce new plants.

Dangling pups resemble baby spiders, as if ballooning away from the nest. These spider babies can then be planted and turn into spider adults that can drop their spider babies. These plants grow up to three feet tall. Occasionally, the spider plant can also produce tiny, white flowers.

They prefer a temperature of about 70 to 90 degrees Celsius. What makes these plants preferable is they do not need a lot of water. Just water them once per week and be keen not to overwater them. Overwatering kills them.

They are also not toxic and hence safe around your pets and children. Overall, the spider plant is one of the easiest plants to care for and is quite impressive visually once it grows. The beautifully thin and gently curved leaves look lovely hanging from a basket.

Staghorn Fern

The other name of this plant is Platycerium bifurcatum. It is a humidity-loving plant. It has large sharp sections branching off from each leaf, which, of course, does resemble a stag’s horn. Like a stag, this plant gives off a strong, dignified vibe.

Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern

It gives off no-nonsense, strong, independent leader vibes. They grow up to 4 feet (1.22 meters) tall. These plants thrive well in indirect light. They prefer temperatures ranging from 50 to 100 degrees. When it comes to watering, these plants love moist but never soaked soils.

They are nontoxic to animals. Which is a plus on your side if you have pets and children in the house.

Jade Pothos

Scientifically known as Epipremnum aureum, this plant has deep, rich green leaves, hence often reminding people of vibrant and valuable jade. Not only are the leaves stunning, but they also have a beautiful heart shape that would look very attractive when placed in a basket and hung on the wall of the bathroom.

Jade Pothos
Jade Pothos

When watering this plant, allow the soil to dry out between watering. It also grows up to 10 feet (ca. 3 meters) tall. This plant loves humidity and this is why it is one of the best hanging plants for the bathroom and shower. It prefers bright indirect light.

The disadvantage of this plant is its toxicity. Sap from the plant can cause skin irritation, and ingesting either the stem or leaves can cause vomiting. It is rarely fatal, but pathos should be kept away from children and pets.

Devil’s Ivy

The scientific name of the plant is Epipremnum aureum. Other common names include Golden Pothos, Cascading Pothos, Ceylon Creeper, Hunter’s Robe, Ivy Arum, Money Plant, Silver Vine, Solomon Islands Ivy, Taro Vine, Marble Queen or Marble Pothos, and Devil’s Vine.

This plant gets its common (non-Latin) name from the fact that it’s practically impossible to kill. Devil’s Ivy is an evergreen vine and stays green even when kept in the dark. It has heart-shaped leaves.

It requires very little care and is satisfyingly leafy. Not only that but it is often called Devil’s Ivy because it is so hard to kill that it can take over a whole garden. Likewise, it grows up to 10 feet (ca. 3 meters) tall. The main advantage of this plant is its ability to survive harsh conditions, and it is very hard to kill. It thrives best in bright, filtered light.

It does not require a lot of water, and overwatering causes its roots to rot. It is a toxic plant that should be kept away from pets and children. It causes skin irritation to human beings and when ingested causes vomiting.

Arrowhead Plant

The scientific name of this plant is Syngonium podophyllum. It is perfect for hanging baskets because over time it forms vines that can trail down, giving a beautiful cascading effect. The leaves of this plant are fascinating.

They have a gorgeous mixture of light and dark green mixed that gives off a speckled appearance. This plant creates an arrowhead shape with finger-like projections coming off. It grows well in bright indirect light. When watering this plant, allow the soil to dry before watering again.

Grows up to 6 feet (1.83 m) tall. It is toxic and hence should not be in the presence of pets and children.

The Boston Fern

The scientific name of this plant is Nephrolepis exaltata. Other common names include Sword Fern, Boston Sword Fern, Wild Boston Fern, Boston Fern, Boston Blue Bell Fern, Tuber Ladder Fern, and Fish bone Fern.

Boston Ferns
Boston Ferns

It is one of the most popular bathroom plants and is especially beautiful as a hanging plant. It has long, delicate leaves that cascade over the edge of the basket. The fronds are bushy and slightly serrated and are a vibrant bright green. 

The Boston fern loves warm and humid conditions. It loves moisture so much that drying out is the number one reason this fern passes away, so keep on watering the soil. Although it prefers moist soil, it is also very tolerant of drought.

It thrives well in bright indirect light and within temperatures ranging from 60 to 70 degrees. It is toxic. Given its toughness, it is one of the best hanging plants for the bathroom and shower.

Asparagus Fern

The scientific name of this plant is asparagus setaceus. Its other common names are lace fern, bride’s bouquet fern, and climbing asparagus. The asparagus fern is not a fern. It is a herbaceous, evergreen vine.

Feathery, fern-like foliage adorns wiry stems that can climb to 3-feet. Minuscule, white flowers are displayed annually, followed by green berries that blacken as they mature. As a hanging plant, the asparagus fern has a bushy appearance. It should be kept in indirect light.

Begonia

There are over 1,600 species of begonia within the Begoniaceae family. From all these, the begonia varieties with either fibrous roots or a rhizome generally thrive indoors and are perfect for the bathroom.

Colors are dynamic for either flowering or foliage varieties of begonias. Flowering begonias exhibit white, yellow, salmon, red, or pink blooms. Foliage begonias display variegated leaves in shades of red, purple, gray, silver, or green. Leaf shape can vary to include heart-shaped, star-shaped, oval, and wing-shaped.

Most varieties have flowers that hang down a little, making tuberous begonias ideal for hanging baskets. With the bright beautiful colors and the variety of shapes, this will make the perfect hanging plant as it looks attractive when placed in a basket, adding life to your bathroom. These plants need good drainage to prevent root rot.

The Chenille Plant

The scientific name of this plant is Acalypha pendula. It is one of the unique, photo-worthy, texture-filled, amazingly gorgeous plants that we have ever seen. The name chenille comes from the French word for caterpillar.

Those crimson, fuzzy flowers do resemble caterpillars with their slender shape and woolly bodies. Perfect for hanging baskets because the caterpillars cascade down and can even grow up to eighteen inches. It prefers direct sun to partial shade.

Prune your chenille plant to keep it healthy longer, and give it the brightest light you can. They thrive well in warm temperatures, not below 60 degrees. Their soil should be moist.

However, these enticing beauties are slightly toxic, so keep children and pets away from them. Remember, this exotic plant is for looking and touching only.

Heart Leaf Philodendron

This is a tropical native to South America. It has shiny, dark green, or reddish-bronze foliage. This beautiful plant is an evergreen climber. It has leaves that have a heart shape. Mature plants sometimes even produce white flowers.

Philodendron
Philodendron

The scientific name of this plant is Philodendron hederaceum. Its common name is the adorn vine and Sweetheart Plant. This plant can grow up to 4 feet (1.22 meters) tall and can dangle, or you can train it to climb.

These plants are extremely hardy and will tolerate drought even if the soil becomes very dry. This plant looks gorgeous spilling out of a hanging pot or basket, making it a perfect hanging plant for your bathroom. However, it is toxic to dogs and cats.

English Ivy

The scientific name of this plant is the Hedera helix. It is native to northern and Central Europe. Other common names include European Ivy or just Ivy. It is a woody perennial climber that is so easy to grow and care for.

English Ivy
English Ivy

The woody vines of English ivy cascade beautifully from a hanging pot to exhibit heart-shaped, dark green, or variegated whitish-green leaves.

Most people prefer this plant as it is the perfect plant to contain in a hanging basket because it cannot spread and take over everything else in the bathroom.

Since it originates from a cool area, it does well in cool temperatures and can grow in low light. It is toxic to pets.

Maidenhair Fern

Gracefully arching stems of feathery, delicate-looking foliage make the maidenhair fern a stunning hanging plant. They are effortless to kill. They like bright indirect light because direct light easily affects them. Keep the humidity levels up with a humidifier or by misting the leaves daily.

They dislike dry soil, so the soil must be moist. Overwatering makes the roots of this plant rot. This plant also prefers distilled water over sink water. This plant is too delicate but is still a stunning hanging plant for your bathroom.

Baby Tears

The scientific name of this plant is Sedum morganianum. This is a bright-green, delicate creeping herb that trails prettily over wall-mounted planters and hanging baskets. It has rows of small, plump leaves on cascading stems that make burro’s tail.

It is one of the unique succulents to grow in your bathroom. Not only that, but it is a low-maintenance plant and is drought tolerant. This plant is often a tabletop planter, but it shines and is very attractive when its rope-like stems can dangle from a hanging pot.

Mistletoe Cactus

The scientific name of this plant is Rhipsalis ​baccifera. This attractive cactus has droopy, pale green stems. In the wild, the Mistletoe Cactus grows attached to other plants by anchoring itself to moss and rotting leaves.

This plant produces white flowers and even small edible berries that taste a lot like grapes. Mistletoe Cactus is effortless to look after, and the stems can grow as long as 20 feet (ca. 6 meters) in the wild but only grow up to 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall in the bathroom.

This plant cannot be a good choice for someone who is not patient, since it grows very slowly.  It is not a toxic plant. This is the perfect house cactus for the bathroom with its humid conditions. Just hang it on the shower rail or above the bath.

Prayer Plants

The scientific name of this plant is Maranta leuconeura. When night falls, this plant’s leaves become folded like the hands prepared to pray and open them at dawn. Hence, the name prayer plant. This plant has pink veins and oval leaves.

The oval, variegated leaves with intricate patterns in a range of colors and patterns that look like an artist’s brushstrokes. The undersides of the leaves are often dark red. It looks more beautiful in hanging baskets than in their unique leaves.

They can be hung on the bathroom wall. A prayer plant may grow up to a height of between 6 and 12 inches (0.3 m) and have 5-inch leaves. They prefer bright, indirect light, but can tolerate low light. However, if they do not get enough light during the day, the leaves close in the evening and do not reopen.

This plant’s leaves may also begin to fade if it does not get enough light. It prefers high humidity and moist soil. Do not overwater the soil. 

Many are sensitive to the minerals in hard water, so install a shower filter or keep them away from direct contact with your water stream. Water them using distilled water.

Eucalyptus Branches

Snip off eucalyptus branches and keep them in your shower for around two months until they dry out completely. Tie them to your shower head with twine for extra flair in your bathroom. When you shower, the eucalyptus releases oils that produce a soothing and aromatic therapeutic smell.

Weeping Figs

Their scientific name is Ficus benjamina.  They love a steamy environment and this makes them perfect bathroom plants. Figs thrive well in bright indirect light. They may drop leaves if left in a cold room.

They grow up to 60 to 70 feet (ca. 21 meters) wide and 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall. Its branches droop downward from woody stems covered with glossy, pointed 2 to 4-inch leaves. This makes them a perfect plant to hang in the bathroom. The leaves become darker green as the plant ages. They do well in bright indirect light.

The String of Pearls

The scientific name of this plant is Senecio rowleyanus. Other common names for the String of Pearls plant are String of Beads and Bead Plant. It has leaves that look like peas. This plant produces little green bulbs that float down to the ground, resembling an elegant string of pearls.

This plant adds a touch of charm to any bathroom. The long trailing pearls are great for hanging baskets that show off their beauty, especially when you push all the vines to one side to create a spilled effect. It grows up to 2 to 3 feet (0.91 meters) long.

As a succulent, it likes average to dry humidity. So, perfect for a guest bathroom or a single-person bathroom. Do not overwater this plant. Only water when the soil feels dry. It prefers bright indirect light and temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees. Despite being very attractive, this plant is toxic to pets.

Tillandsia

The scientific name of this plant is Tillandsia bulbosa. This is an air plant that can hang from the ceiling in a terrarium. Its other name is Bulbosa Air Plant. The Bulbosa thrives in hot, humid environments.

It is often found in cypress swamps. In these environments, in the wild, the plant can frequently be found lying horizontally or upside down to prevent the bulbous base from rotting. It grows up to 6 to 8 inches (0.2 m).

Thrives in bright filtered light within a temperature range of 50 and 80. Ensure you must this plant every third day and allow it to completely dry between watering. This point does not need soil to grow and this makes it unique and easy to maintain, it is not toxic to pets.

String of Hearts

The scientific name of this plant is Ceropegia Woodii. The other common names for this plant are Rosary Vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of Hearts, Hearts-on-a-string, and Sweetheart Vine. It is a sweet and fantastic hanging plant that originates from South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

This is a low maintenance, evergreen trailing succulent plant. The leaves are dark green with variegated silver, cream, or pink markings. It can grow up to 3 inches (ca. 8 cm) tall. The leaves are generally dark green, but can lighten to a paler color if the plant does not get enough sun.

This plant is non-toxic and hence safe for pets and children. It is perfect for hanging baskets and planters and has vines adorned by attractive heart-shaped leaves, especially when it starts to cascade out of the pot like a waterfall.

Morning Glory

The scientific name of this plant is Ipomea purpurea. This plant is effortless and very fast to grow from seed, hence is very cost-effective. Morning Glory is a vining plant that likes to climb, but it can be grown and displayed indoors in hanging baskets as well.

There is a long list of different varieties of Morning Glory. The most popular is Heavenly. This variety has incredibly thin and delicate vines, with gorgeous heart-shaped leaves. Within a couple of months of planting from seed, the plant will produce stunning trumpet-shaped flowers that open in the morning (hence the name) and close at night. It is toxic to dogs and cats.

Fake/Artificial Hanging Bathroom Plants

Artificial or fake hanging plants can be a good choice, especially if you are not ready for the task that comes with having natural plants. They too bring some aesthetics to your bathroom. Some of the fake bathroom plants include:

  • The hanging pearls pot
  • Cypress bush hanging vine
  • Ficus leaf spray
  • Citrus hanging vine.

Hanging Plants in Bathroom Ideas

You can place hanging plants in the bathroom around the shower heads, caddies, shower rods, and curtain rods. These are great spots for hanging foliage.

Some plants are perfect fits when placed on the shelves and cabinets present in the bathroom, especially if the bathroom is small. Having extra floating shelves full of plants makes the bathroom very attractive. The best plants to place on shelves are the jade pothos and snake plants.

Another idea is the replicating of the tropical forest canopy. This can happen if the bathroom is spacious. You can use an old ladder to suspend the plants. You may also consider using a beam of copper piping to make it more eye-catching. The best plants to place this way in the bathroom are the spider plant, string of pearls, golden pothos, and the heart leaf philodendron.

You can also style hanging plants by creating bathroom bouquets. To make them, simply tie some twines and hang them along the shower rail. The best hanging plant for this is the sweet-smelling aromatic eucalyptus branches.

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Choosing the Best Hanging Plants for the Bathroom: Factors to Consider

The amount of natural light in the bathroom; is a factor to consider since some plants can thrive in darkness, in bright direct light, and some in indirect light.

The levels of humidity in the bathroom. Some plants such as Boston fern absorb moisture and hence love high humidity conditions.

The size of the bathroom. Different hanging plants have different sizes. In case your bathroom is large and has a lot of space that you would like to see covered with plants, then you may go for large hanging plants or those plants that are long such as the string of pearls.

For a small bathroom, go hanging plants that do not grow huge.

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