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Ferns

Ferns are an ancient group of plants that come in a wide variety of various shapes, colours and textures. They are a great choice for fans of the urban-jungle look, as they can flow upwards, outwards or downwards, as you please! And these ferns aren’t just pleasing to look at, with their high surface area, they're also superb air-purifiers. Take a look at our selection below and read on if you're eager to learn more.

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Exotic Ferns For a Fresh Look

When we say ancient plants we mean it! Although the term ‘fern’ is not a scientifically recognised qualification, plants we call ferns are some of the oldest plants on Earth. There is also great diversity within the category. Even when going through our edit, you'll see the variety of colours and shapes that ferns come in. One common thread amongst ferns is, that they tend not to reproduce through flower or seed but via spores.

One of our bright green, luscious faves is the Crispy Wave Fern. The name is pretty apt, as you’ll see: it's got thin, wavy leaves that bring life to any room. As a hardy fern, it just needs some natural light and moist soil – but never let it sit in water.

It's time to out a fern that isn't actually a fern! The so-called Asparagus Fern is actually a proud member of the Lily family. It has long, wiry stems with very fine leaves, giving it a fulsome yet wispy appearance. As it matures, your Asparagus Fern will shed that look and throw out tendrils to climb. During the late summer months, it may produce sweet flowers that will eventually give way to purple berries.

Great for Your Kitchen or Bathroom

Most ferns like humid environments, so they will love your bathroom or kitchen! These plants are the perfect excuse for taking a long warm shower in the morning or cooking up a storm over the course of a slow Sunday. Consider it an indirect watering as the plants absorb moisture through the air as well as their roots. Since they're a tough bunch, ferns are easy to grow.

Showing off how diverse the fern community is, this Staghorn Fern's uniqueness makes it a great feature plant. As the fern fronds grow longer, they can both climb and trail. It comes in a hanging pot, with a detachable hanger, so there are loads of options when it comes to where to put it. Maybe on a towel rail in your bathroom or a beam in your kitchen?

A Beautiful Addition Indoors and Outdoors

Ferns exist all over the world, and we love outdoor ferns just as much as indoor ferns. English ferns can be a beautiful addition to your terrace or balcony, especially in summer. We’re particularly keen on ferns in hanging pots, which can be a lovely addition to your outside sitting area. (But make sure to take them back inside before it gets too cold outside!)

Ferns Are Great Companion Plants

When you go for walks in forests, you're likely to cross paths with some ferns that are native to Britain, like the Royal Fern. The beauties in this selection are a bit more exotic (hence why they prefer warmer, indoor temperatures). As they are deciduous ferns, they will keep their green foliage all year.

Ferns are superstars when it comes to air-purifying. Embedded in their sprouting fronds are tiny pores that enable them to filter toxins from the air. (That's why it's important to dust them!) When they 'breathe', they absorb carbon dioxide as well as unwanted pollutants. Why not introduce a luscious Boston Fern to your home, so you know the air is as fresh and healthy as possible?

In the process of transpiration, plants release water to the air through their foliage. This causes an increase in moisture which can be great for your body. Your skin and your respiratory system will benefit, especially when the air gets dried out through heating or air conditioning. These plants can be a great way to counteract those ill effects whilst bringing a fresh look into your home.

Explore Your Nurturing Side

Being around nature can boost your wellbeing in small but powerful ways. There are unconscious benefits to surrounding yourself with plants, like boosting your productivity, creativity and efficiency. If you actively engage with your plants through dusting their foliage, repotting them or simply monitoring their growth, you'll start to develop a mutually supportive relationship. And this is where you'll get the biggest benefits for your mental wellbeing.

As caring for your plants becomes habitual, you start to experience positive feelings such as compassion, self-mastery and autonomy more. Your greenery will remind you that you're part of a larger ecosystem which will increase your compassion. Eventually, this compassion will extend to yourself and the people in your life. Once you see how your care helps your green wonders flourish and grow, you're sure to get a sense of fulfilment.

And (good news for plant fanatics) the more diverse your plant collection, the better! We respond positively to the density and diversity of plant life. These factors were vital for our ancestors when they tried to determine where they should settle. Our ferns and our Plant Subscription can help you create the diverse, lush oasis we're all longing for.