Bringing the Outdoors Indoors: Boston Fern

Boston fern's arching, lacy fronds make it well suited to hanging baskets or for display on a pedestal. Don't let its delicate appearance mislead you, though: This tough plant that will live for decades if you keep it moist and give it moderate light and enough humidity. The variety 'Dallas' is more compact and more tolerant of dry air.

Why We Love It: Boston ferns create a classic feel in any room. Their beautiful, arching fronds work well with any decorating style -- but especially cottage and country.

Name: Nephrolepis exaltata

Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light; 60-75 degrees F.; keep evenly moist

Size: To 4 feet tall and wide