Austral Gem™ Bird's Nest Fern adapts to the low humidity levels found in most homes. Dark green, feathery fronds make it an attractive addition to your windowsill garden, and it doesn't produce messy spores that scatter on tabletops and floors. If you move it outdoors after the last spring frost, give it full shade.
Hand-blown terrariums are organic and sculptural, says Jeffrey Schneider of Jeffrey Terrariums, based in New York. The bean-shaped terrarium he created holds Selaginella emmeliana, maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) and perennials such as Peperomia urocarpa. He used Yamaya Stone for the base and placed sterilized twigs into the display.
Ferns are lovely in the fall, says Jan Johnsen, owner of New York-based Johnsen Landscapes & Pools and author of "Heaven is a Garden." When ferns turn to burnished gold or light yellow, it looks like a filigree of leaves in a soft, quiet fall scene.
Add interest with textual ferns and plants that bring the gardens indoors during the winter months. A Boston fern (front) joins a Rhipalis (wood riser) and feathery plumosus fern (back left), on a console table styled by Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs, a floral and event studio in Aiken, S.C. A maidenhair fern is on the right. The painting is by Dixie Purvis; the furniture is from Nandina Home & Design.
Dress up your coffee table with greens, such as Boston fern, and accessories. Since ferns love moist soil, using organic clay pots lined with pea gravel gives you the option to lift the plant and water for easy care, says Karin Jeffcoat, owner of Cote Designs, a floral and event studio in Aiken, S.C.