23 Best Trailing Foliage Plants for Hanging Baskets & Windowboxes

This list of Best Trailing Foliage Plants can be of great help to decorate your balcony or patio with graceful cascading plants!

Spiller plants add a visual drama to any space when you include them in hanging baskets or containers where they flow a green delight of awesomeness to the surroundings. These Best Trailing Foliage Plants can be a great addition to your workplace or home!

Check out our article on trailing succulents here


Best Trailing Foliage Plants

1. Red Rhipsalis

Botanical Name: Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa

Also famous as the Red mistletoe cactus, its deep red-violet semi-succulent foliage can be a stunning addition to the hanging baskets. The small, ornamental berries of the plant make it look more alluring.

2. Red Trailing Queen Coleus

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Botanical Name: Solenostemon ‘Red Trailing Queen’

Coleus is one of the best foliage plants, and you can grow it in hanging baskets as well. Learn about the various types of coleus plants here.

3. Peperomia Ruby Cascade

Botanical Name: Peperomia ‘Ruby Cascade’

Its leaves carry a combination of two colors: deep green on the top side and ruby-red on the undersides. Growing it in baskets adds a dab of color and texture.

4. Nasturtium 

Best Trailing Foliage Plants

Botanical Name: Tropaeolum majus

The trailing stems of Nasturtium look perfect while dangling down from containers with pad-like leaves and beautiful bright flowers.

Here are some great Nasturtium benefits and uses

5. Ferns

Botanical Name: Polypodiopsida

There are many trailing ferns with beautiful foliage attractions that you can try. Some of them are listed here.

6. Dichondra Silver Falls

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Botanical Name: Dichondra argentea

Siver Falls Dichondra has unique, silver pale-green trailing leaves that look pretty in hanging baskets. It’s a fast-growing plant.

7. Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine

Botanical Name: Ipomea batatas

Sweet potato vines spill marvelously over the sides of containers with heart-shaped or oak-like leaves having colors from chartreuse to nearly black.

8. Variegated Ground Ivy

Botanical Name: Glechoma hederacea ‘Variegata’

The pale green leaves of this plant have an unusual heart-kidney shape that gives it an interesting look while they dangle on the trailing stems.

9. Variegated Fuchsia

Botanical Name: Fuchsia ‘Tom West’

With a fabulous color combination of green and yellow striped foliage, this plant is a true eye-catcher.

10. Golden Creeping Jenny

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Botanical Name: Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’

‘Aurea’ beautifully cascades with its small rounded leaves having wavy borders and thin trailing stems. It is also a winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

11. Turquoise Jade Vine

Botanical Name: Strongylodon macrobotrys

Looking stunning in turquoise color, which is the result of malvin and saponarin pigments in its leaves. The plant grows gorgeous hanging stems making it a must-grow trailing vine.

12. Licorice Plant

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Botanical Name: Helichrysum Petiolare

The cascading ‘Helichrysum Petiolare’ features small felt-like blue-gray trailing foliage that gracefully arches over containers or hanging baskets.

13. Parrot’s Beak

Botanical Name: Lotus berthelotii

‘Parrot’s Beak’ is trailing perennial with exotic, bright crimson flowers and silver-gray needle-like leaves. It makes for an ideal annual plant for hanging baskets.

14. Trailing Pothos

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Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum

Popularly known as devil’s ivy, heart-shaped and glossy leaves in the green shade with yellow or cream blotches cascade marvelously in hanging baskets or containers in rooms.

Here are some of the best pothos to grow indoors

15. Heart-Leaf Philodendron

Botanical Name: Philodendron hederaceum

This trailing beauty shows off heart-shaped green leaves that drape exquisitely over windowsills, bookshelves, and hanging baskets.

Here is everything you need to know about growing Philodendron

16. Wojo’s Gem Periwinkle

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Botanical Name: Vinca major ‘Wojo’s Gem’

Also known as trailing vinca, it has shiny oval leaves in a cream-yellow shade and matching lavender-blue flowers, which creates a dazzling contrast when it trails from containers.

17. Spider Plant

Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum

Spider plant grows fast and produces baby plants that dangle pleasingly from hanging baskets. It also removes airborne pollutants from the air, making it a great indoor plant.

Check out some excellent spider plant benefits here

18. String of Turtles

Botanical Name: Peperomia prostrata

This slow-growing succulent vine has an attractive set of fleshy button-like leaves with white veins that look plump like they are full of water.

Learn about different types of peperomia here

19. Inch Plant

Botanical Name: Tradescantia (Genus)

Tradescantia has some amazing trailing plants with beautiful foliage and it would be a mistake if we mention just one. Check out some of the best varieties here.

20. Variegated Ivy

Botanical Name: Hedera helix

An ornamental vine, the plant features white-variegated green leaves that look truly remarkable when they trial from a container. You can also grow them indoors.

21. String of Pearls

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Botanical Name: Senecio rowleyanus

A cascading succulent, it truly lives up to its name with fleshy, bright-green plump leaves that look like spherical, marble-like rows of little balls. Can be a great indoor plant too!

22. Sweet Caroline Purple

Botanical Name: Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Purple’

This can be a great colorful addition to the summer baskets or containers with its dark burgundy-purple color and texture with an interesting pattern of leaves.

23. Creeping Inch Plant

Botanical Name: Callisia repens

The leaves of this succulent come in twin color, with a shade of green above and a slight hue of purple below that gives it a contrasting look.

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