Best ferns

By Katie Dyal

Greenery is the simplest and most impactful way to bring serenity and beauty to your home or office décor. While numerous outdoor and indoor plant options flood the home decorating stores and nurseries, the tried and true use of ferns takes the guesswork out of natural, uncluttered design. There may even be plants to help you sleep better.

Whether you opt for the tradition of a Boston fern or the more exotic, purple Japanese Painted Fern, the impact of faux or live greenery cannot be duplicated.  Bring nature effortlessly into your home with a life-like faux fern or use a live version in your home or yard for purifying without needing an air freshener spray. Here are the best ferns.

The best ferns

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Costa Farms Hanging Boston Fern Baskets

Best hanging two-pack

Indoor and outdoor 

Convenient, removable hanger-holders for this pair of ferns immediately gives you multiple greenery options  

Boston ferns are beautiful, traditional air purifiers that remove harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. Hang them on your porch, lanai, patio or entryway to bring lush, natural, organic impact to your living space. Measuring a minimum of 20 inches tall, requiring only partial shade and just enough watering to keep the soil moist, this dual choice is versatile enough to move wherever you need it.

Why we love it:

  • Two-pack
  • VOCs remover
  • Low maintenance
TURNMEON Artificial Boston Fern Shrubs

Best adaptable

UV resistant and lifelike

If you don’t have time for any maintenance at all or just need fern bouquets that you can add to your planters, this is the option for you.

Shipped in groups of 18 bundles, these faux Boston ferns look like the real thing, are UV resistant and usable both indoor and outdoor. The bundles have seven separate branches with three flexible stems containing numerous bushy leaves. The high-quality plastic doesn’t fade, is eco-friendly and won’t melt in the hot sun.

Why we love it: 

  • Eco-friendly
  • Easy cleanup 
  • Melt and fade-resistant
Musdoney Artificial Hanging Boston Fern

Best hanging vines

Draping and vivid

A faux Boston fern that drapes like ivy and can be hung from baskets or balcony’s makes this choice a decorating dream.

Whether you’re decorating a trellis, outdoor gazebo or adding delicate greenery for a wedding, this option is best the competitors for draping or vining. The leaves are made of high-quality plastic that is UV resistant so it doesn’t fade, waterproof for indoor or outdoor use and wipes clean with a damp cloth.

Why we love it: 

  • Fade-resistant
  • Vining
  • Indoor or outdoor
Nearly Natural

Best silk design 

Natural and enduring

Created by designers for live-plant nurseries, these versatile ferns could fool the nature lover in any of us. 

Designed from lush, full green stems, these dual stand-alone ferns can complement an indoor shelf or table, or be hung from a basket outside on your front porch. They measure 40 inches by 40 inches by 15 inches and come in a planter shaped vase. Created out of quality silk, these plants require no water and wipe clean with a soft dry cloth.

Why we love it:

  • Lifelike
  • Easy maintenance
  • Silk construction

Best multi-pack

Durable and plentiful

This generous four pack of faux plants can effortlessly allow you to build a lush little bush hedge. 

Made of UV resistant plastic that is maintenance-free and eco-friendly, you simply rinse these ferns with water to keep them clean and debris free. These lifelike stems are fade-resistant, require no water but deliver the look of fresh greenery to any home or outdoor living space. The flexible stems allow you to assemble them and bend them into the shapes you need and the packet of four provides additional options for a large feature or a few smaller bouquets. 

Why we love it:

  • Four-pack of plants
  • Fade-resistant
  • Cleanup with water
Fern Leaf Plumosus Asparagus Fern

Best live

Delicate and wispy

A potted, easy-to-grow plant that brings your space delicate, natural greenery. 

This product arrives in a four-inch pot and contains a delicate asparagus fern that’s perfect for the novice houseplant grower. Best used in an indoor space, you’ll need to spritz it lightly with water and place it near a window for ideal sunlight. Trim this plant as it grows to keep it at the height that works for your space and keep it out of direct sunlight for best results.

Why we love it:

  • Light and airy
  • Low live-plant maintenance
  • Air purifying

How to find the best ferns

If you’re committed to adding greenery to your home, store, office or outdoor space, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more versatile and beautiful option than the fern. Before choosing, consider faux/real, environment, maintenance, and visual impact to give yourself a clear sense of what fern will work best for you.

Faux/real: There is a clear upkeep issue between faux plants and real plants that trumps the appearance issue. If you will not be watering and ensuring proper sunlight for this plant, only look for fake options as you narrow down your search. 

Environment: Keep in mind that bringing nature indoors will require attention to the availability of sunlight and water. Choose fake if you’re unable to care for real plants. Also, think of your outside space and will fake plants blend well with live plants or do you need durability in your exterior greenery that will only come with faux options? 

Maintenance: Fake plants are the lowest maintenance choice but select plastic over silk if you want no maintenance with durability. Outside plants do not have to be live to be beautiful. If you don’t have time or skills for live maintenance, fake is still the way to go. 

Visual impact: Faux plants provide a predictable certainty of visual impact. You know exactly how your plants will look all of the time. Live plants are awesome to watch grow and change, but you may have to prune, replant or relocate if their size and shape grows out of the space you choose for them. 


With all of these live and fake options, hanging and planter choices, and indoor/outdoor variables, you’re ready to decide what fern will deliver the impact you’re seeking. We hope you’ve found your perfect fern in this list of best ferns. 

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