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The characteristics of ferns make them great for indoor and outdoor decor.

A few years ago I bought a huge fern at a yard sale. I know right? What a great idea to sell houseplants you no longer need or want.

I came home with a fern that resembled a muppet and named her Fran.

I placed my huge, lush green plant on the deck, gave her a generous pour of water and forgot about her.

Literally. I forgot about Fran.

Fran sat on the deck in the 90 degree temps under the Colorado summer sun.

Fossil records suggest modern-day ferns date back 145 million years and I killed Fran in less than 145 hours.

I don’t want to go into specifics, but the guilt lingers. So I decided to add ferns and plants to my home in honor of Fran.

I would say I currently maintain a B average with my plant goals (not counting my tomatoes in 2020).

That was an unfortunate soil erosion issue and too much shade.

I overcompensated for Fran.


And over the past few years, I have discovered the secret powers of plants? I mean not like beaming into the future kind of powers, but subtle things that happen when you introduce plants into your home and your life. You kinda become friends. It’s like a dog, but with less mess and no early morning potty breaks.

Any guesses about my go-to house plant?

Fun facts about ferns and plants


  • Add a pop of color to a room
  • Ferns look pretty in all the seasons
  • Don’t take up much space
  • Great for people who live in condos, tiny spaces, or rentals
  • They transport easily from room to room.
  • Plants are great listeners
  • Research suggests plants can clear the pollutants in the air and maybe in our own minds
  • Plants have a calming effect when you take care of them


Did you know ferns are the national emblem for New Zealand?

Neither did I.

The national emblem is on their passports, the New Zealand airline, and on the All Blacks rugby team. You can catch up on random fun fern facts on their own wiki page.

A few years ago one of my sellers gave me a few of her houseplants. It was the middle of January so I kept them indoors and I was shocked at how well she grew sitting tableside in front of a window. If you follow me on Instagram you might see the occasional plant success story.

I brought this geranium (I think this is a geranium) inside for the winter and she loved being indoors for the holidays.

I added a little of my favorite decor staple too.

Ferns have their own wiki page too! Please pin if you have a Pinterest page.

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