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Five trailing plants anyone can grow

27 July 2022
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Enduringly popular and great for confined spaces, these five beauties will easily drape and create a lively aesthetic in your space. Words & photos Liz Carlson

The houseplant trend has been booming during the past few years, and we’ve all seen how plants have taken over both on social media and in our real lives. Everywhere from our local coffee shop to our hair salon to the supermarket seems to be styled with houseplants these days – and not without good reason too. Plants have been scientifically proven to boost our happiness levels and improve wellbeing. It’s something almost everyone can relate to. Isn’t there something so divine about having a bit of greenery inside? It’s an easy, proven way to change up a space and turn a house into a home. But where to begin?

Trailing plants seem a good place to start, and they have been enduringly popular in recent years. Lush plants that cascade down a bookcase or are tucked above your fridge are such a delightful way to add a pop of colour and life into the home.


The chain of hearts (Ceropegia woodii, syn. C. linearis ssp. woodii) is an all-round winner of a trailing plant, especially the variegated version. It is a super low-key, easy-to-care-for trailing plant.

Many people don’t realise that the iconic chain of hearts is actually a succulent, which means it thrives on a bit of neglect; you don’t want to overwater these guys. Native to South Africa, the chain of hearts is a
flowering plant with fat juicy leaves (which mark it as a succulent). When happy, it will flower regularly – and it thrives in bright, indirect light.

The variegated version on the market here in New Zealand has white and pink leaves. Easy to care for (much like the non-variegated version), it’s best to allow the soil to dry out between waterings. The more sunlight it receives, the pinker the leaves can go. Don’t worry, sun stress won’t harm the plant – just make sure you don’t put wet leaves in direct sunlight.


The iconic Swiss cheese vine (Monstera adansonii) is a type of monstera that enjoys both climbing and trailing. This delicate trailing cousin of the iconic Swiss cheese plant (M. deliciosa) is much smaller, with lovely leaves with large holes; often, they seem to have more holes than leaves. With its showstopping foliage, it’s no wonder the Swiss cheese vine’s popularity hasn’t seemed to wane...

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