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Top Trailers: A Guide to Trailing Indoor Plants

The keen TLB fans among you will have noticed over the years that we are, to put it mildly, rather fond of houseplants. We love that these wondrous green beauties not only add style to your home but can also improve your wellbeing with their stress-busting and health-boosting powers. In this post we are focusing on one type in particular – a guide to trailing indoor plants.

We firmly believe that to maximise the air-purifying potential and calm-inducing power of plants, we should go big on our indoor jungles. We just love to see interiors styled with houseplants in all shapes and sizes. A plant-scape featuring an array of greenery in different colours, heights and textures is a surefire way to give your living greenery that all-important wow factor.

So, to help you do just that, this week we’re putting the spotlight on our trailing plants. Including beautiful, trailing botanicals in your indoor jungle is a fab way to incorporate some texture and interest. What’s more, if your living space is on the smaller side, trailing and hanging plants are a fab way to bring the outdoors in because they’re less space hungry than their non-trailing counterparts. And you might be surprised to learn that there’s more choice in this category of plants than you may have thought.

With trailing vines boasting foliage with small and dainty leaves right up to large and dramatic and a spectrum of colours from vibrant green to muted, silvery hues, you’re sure to find an option to suit your personal style. We also showcase some of the easiest trailing plants to grow. You might find yourself spoilt for choice!

Trailing Ivy

Some of the most popular trailing beauties are different species of Ivy. They are a fab choice of indoor trailing plants thanks to their easy-care credentials and fast-growing tendencies. They will give you a gorgeous green display in no time.

First up in this category is the oh-so-gorgeous Devil’s Ivy. With his vibrant, variegated green leaves he is a wonderfully eye-catching addition to your indoor jungle. And as well as being gorgeous, he’s also a fab air purifier and he’s super low maintenance too. What’s not to love?

To keep this trailing beauty happy, give him water every 1 to 2 weeks when the soil is dry and place him out of direct sunlight to avoid scorched leaves. If you can do that, you’ll be enjoying the view of those beautiful heart-shaped leaves tumbling from on high for many months to come.

With all the same easy-care traits and air-purifying qualities, but a slightly different look, check out the Devil’s Ivy Marble Queen. This fab houseplant will treat you to a stunning display of vibrant green with white, marbled markings on his large, heart-shaped leaves, just lovely. And just like his close sibling, he’ll be cascading wildly with just a little bit of water when his soil is dry.

The final pick in our trailing ivy range is the super English Ivy. Just like his devilish relatives, this guy is low maintenance, a fast grower and a fab air purifier. Visually he is a little different though, with an abundance of deep green leaves that are smaller in size and pointier than the Devil’s Ivy leaves. And unlike many houseplants, an English Ivy will thrive in the shade. This makes it a perfect choice for a room that doesn’t get too much natural light.

Trailing Plants with Texture and Colour

These next picks will take your indoor trailing style to the next level with an abundance of texture and colour to complement your interior greenery.

Take a look at the Philodendron Cordatum, with glossy green leaves in his signature sweetheart shape, you will love the textured style he brings to your interior. Or perhaps you’d prefer an injection of bright colour. In that case, check out the Philodendron Brasil boasting the same sweetheart-shaped leaves but with an added boost of bright colour. This comes in a fabulous stripe of yellow down the centre of each leaf.

For a more alluring look, check out the sophisticated Satin Pothos. This beauty has a more muted look than the Philodendrons, his distinctive variegated foliage in green and silver hues will give your indoor jungle an undeniably chic edge.

If you’re looking for a trailing, interior green style with a funky vibe, the Monstera Monkey Leaf is the trailing houseplant for you. With his characteristic holey leaves in vibrant green, this guy is sure to raise a smile as he cascades down.

Perhaps you’re looking for a less ‘green’ trailing plant to add a pop of colour and intrigue to your space? Then check out our impressive Tradescantia Zebrina with its stripy, purple, silver, and green leaves. We just love the look of this two-tone beauty which will be sure to brighten up any room as a hanging or trailing indoor plant.

Despite their slight differences in appearance, all our trailing options are wonderfully low maintenance. They will thrive in a bright spot in your home with water about once a week. They will also enjoy an occasional mist to keep the moisture levels up.

Too much choice? Well, we’ve got you covered! Our Trailing Plant Gang is perfect if you fancy a mix of these gorgeous trailing beauties.

Small and Dainty Trailing Plants

We mentioned earlier in this blog that trailing plants are a fab choice for those of us with a smaller space in which to indulge our indoor jungle cravings. And there are some varieties that are particularly well suited to a smaller space, not only because they are trailing but also thanks to their smaller size.

First up in this category is Peperomia Rotundifolia. Available in mini and medium, this guy is just perfect for smaller spaces. Also known as the Trailing Jade Plant, his small, glossy green leaves will trail abundantly over the side of a shelf, making a fab addition to your indoor jungle. This green beauty loves warmth and thrives on humidity so water him once every 10 to 14 days and consider popping him on your bathroom shelf so he can enjoy the higher moisture levels in this part of your home.

The String of Hearts is the ultimate in trailing plant style. Watch those gorgeous vines adorned with tiny, heart-shaped leaves trail beautifully, bringing a certain elegance to your green style. To keep your String of Hearts looking lovely, pop him in a bright spot and water him every 10 days or so. Gently pull off any yellow leaves and untangle the vines when needed. And don’t be afraid to give him a little haircut if he starts to look a bit straggly.

Similar to the String of Hearts, the String of Pearls is another oh-so-pretty trailing option boasting unique round leaves evocative of, you’ve guessed it, a string of pearls. This unusual plant is wonderfully low maintenance too, simply pop him out of direct sunlight and give him a drink every 1 to 2 weeks when the top of his soil is dry.

And last but by no means least in our rundown of trailing plants is the oh-so-cute String of Turtles. This trailing beauty is adorned with plenty of small round leaves, all with a gorgeous pattern that is strangely similar to that of a turtle shell. There’s so much to love about this gorgeous guy, not only is he pretty, he is also a fab air purifier and super easy to look after. Simply keep him out of bright, direct sunlight, and give him a drink every 1 to 2 weeks as well as an occasional mist as he loves humidity.

How Should I Style my Trailing Houseplants?

To maximise the gorgeous, trailing potential of these beauties, the best and most obvious way to style your trailing plants is up high, in a position that allows them to tumble down beautifully, giving you a gorgeous veil of green to admire.

So, pop them on a high up shelf, on the corner of a windowsill or the edge of a sideboard and prepare to swoon over your gorgeous trailing style. And as ever here at The Little Botanical, we’ve made it super easy to express your own individual style through your trailing plants thanks to the selection of bespoke ceramics available to choose from.

Perhaps you’ll go for one of our classic metallic dipped ceramics or maybe our new glazed pots in a choice of classic colours are right up your street. For an on-trend, super stylish option, take a look at the Philodendron in our copper house, simply stunning. Or for an understated injection of elegance, go for the Devil’s Ivy potted in our tall marble plant stand, perfectly positioned to show off those trailing vines. And if it’s boho chic that you seek, look no further than our Natural Macrame Plant Hangers, hand woven using sustainable cotton and eucalyptus, they are the perfect, space-saving accessory in which to display your trailing indoor plants.

We hope we’ve given you some fab inspo for selecting and styling your indoor trailing greenery. We love hearing from you lovely plant tribe, so do get in touch if you have any questions about any of the plants featured in this blog or any of our other green beauties for that matter; [email protected].

Until next time lovely plant people.

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