Climbing and trailing plants as room dividers

Modern living rooms are often multi-purpose areas. Frequently one part has to be screened from another, for example a dining area to be separated from the sitting area. Plants are an excellent way of decorating a shelving unit used as a room divider or for simply forming a screen of greenery. If using plants as room dividers, make sure that you leave enough space around them to ensure that they are not knocked or damaged as people move around the room.

Furniture units

Many modern multi-purpose furniture units with shelves and cupboards lend themselves well to plant display. Often small plant boxes can be fitted as an integral part of the unit. If high up, these could contain trailing plants, such as hedera, trailing philodendron, chlorophytum or rhoicissus. Set the boxes at different levels to get a broken pattern of plant shapes.


Troughs standing on the floor or on short legs make good room dividers, if the plants in them are tall, or trained up supports. A framework of clean bamboo poles, tied together in a square or diamond pattern with natural raffia, makes a good support. Start with biggish plants to get an immediate cover. Remove plant growth carefully from existing poles or sticks, then tie on to the new framework. Allow plants two or three days to adjust themselves to their new position. If the trough is positioned in a middle of the room well away from the windows, make sure the plants can receive enough light.

Suitable plants for room dividers

  • rhoicissus
  • rhomboidea
  • tradescantia
  • hedera
  • philodendron scandens
  • fatshedera
  • chlorophytum
  • syngonium
  • scindapsus aureus
  • dracaena
  • monstera deliciosa
  • philodendron bipinnatifidum
  • ficus benjamina
  • codiaeum
  • ficus robusta
  • nephrolepsis exaltata
  • kentia forsteriana

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