With the trend for houseplants continuing to gather momentum and Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017 being greenery, lush ferns are ‘all the rage’. And a very popular variety is Nephrolepis, also known as Boston Fern, pictured above.
In vogue in Victorian times, ferns are making a real comeback, not only in the worlds of floristry and gardening, but also fashion and interior design. There are so many different varieties including Adiantum, Asplenium, Asparagus, Phlebodium, Polystichum, Nephrolepis and Pteris, to name but a few.
Their leaves, botanically known as fronds, add an air of freshness and coolness to a space. And Boston Ferns, in particular, have the ability to remove certain chemical pollutants from the air.
Potted ferns are available at our plant wholesalers in a range of different sizes. For example, 18, 15, 10 or 6 in a tray. The majority of the trays on sale are of one individual type of plant, referred to as Singles, and as shown below at Quality Plants. But there is also a selection of trays of Mixed. And some of the larger specimen plants are available to purchase individually.
Adiantum (Maidenhair Fern)
Asplenium (Bird's Nest Fern)
Asplenium 'Crispy Wave'
Asparagus setaceus (Asparagus Fern)
Nephrolepis (Boston Fern)
Mixed ferns at Evergreen – Asplenium, Dryopteris, Polystichum and Polypodium.
Mixed Pteris at Arnott & Mason
You'll find ferns as cut foliage available at our foliage traders, including asparagus fern, phlebodium, umbrella fern, leather leaf, foxtail fern and Boston Fern (which is also sometimes referred to as ladder fern or sharon fern). The varieties below, in particular, are available at Porters Foliage. You may need to ask specifically for some of them as they'll be in cold storage, as opposed to on general display.
Sprayed varieties of fern, sometimes with a touch of sparkle, can also be found at the Flower Market from the end of September to the end of December. Sprayed asparagus fern in particular has proven to be a big hit over the last few years!
Phlebodium (Blue Fern)
In their new 'Greenery Avenue', C Best have a selection of artificial ferns including...
Artificial Boston Fern Bush
Artificial Fern Plant
Care wise, as plants, the compost needs to be kept moist at all times and never allowed to dry out. Ferns also love moist air, so mist plants regularly. And keep them in good indirect light, but not in direct sunlight.
There are several new books about houseplants which you may like to check out for care notes about individual varieties of ferns:
At Home with Plants - Ian Drummond & Kara O'Reilly
House Plants - Isabelle Palmer
House of Plants - Caro Langton & Rose Ray
How Not to Kill Your Plants - Nik Southern/Grace & Thorn - Published in June 2017
Ferns, as potted plants, are ideal for adding a touch of lushness to a contract design or event. And Adiantum (maidenhair fern) loves being housed in terrariums, where humidity is naturally high. Plus, those that have a trailing tendency look wonderful in hanging pots.
With regards to ferns as cut foliage, the asparagus fern is very much leading the way, from being incorporated into hand-tied bouquets and mantelpiece arrangements, to decorating stair banisters.
Here are some examples of beautiful designs featuring ferns both as plants and cut foliage...
(Source : SuperNature Flowers)
(Source : Blue Sky Flowers)
(Source : The Flower Bird)
(Source : Amanda Austin Flowers)
(Source : Zita Elze)
(Source : Mary Jane Vaughan)
(Source : Hiding in the City Flowers)
(Source : Larry Walshe)
(Source : Simon Nickell Design)
(Source : All For Love London)
(Source : Urban Flower Company)
(Source : Indeco Flowers)
(Source : Joanne Truby Floral Design)
We'd love to see photos of designs that you've made using ferns from New Covent Garden Flower Market. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @MarketFlowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section.
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P.S. If you're a huge botanicals fan, then you may like to check out photographers India & Magnus from Haarkon's incredibly beautiful Instagram account, @haarkon_.