Day 172: blue star fern

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


As much as I love ferns, looking after them indoors is something at which I don’t necessarily excel. I find them surprisingly high maintenance, especially when compared to their hardier relatives more usually found in the garden – it’s the misting, and the watering, and the way they all seem to decide that, even though you’d brought them home convinced they’d be ideally suited that awkward spot in the living room, they’d really rather spend their lives in the bathroom,. Imagine my delight, then, to have discovered the blue star fern (Phlebodium aureum), which is just as low maintenance as anyone could think a fern ought to be. It won’t complain if you place it in a slightly darker spot and can go for weeks before politely signalling that it wouldn’t consider a drink disagreeable, after which libation it will gracefully raise its gentle blue-green fronds back to their customary position, and gaze serenely back at you from its pot.

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