1 In my Brown Room, three maidenhair ferns adorn my large marble topped coffee table. These soft and lacy ferns like to be kept moist, and away from direct sunlight which could burn their leaves.
2 Here's another maidenhair fern on a smaller table in my Brown Room. It's planted in a gray pot made by Guy Wolff. http://www.guywolff.com
3 These plants are Soleirolia soleirolii, commonly known as baby's tears. I purchased them from Terrain in nearby Westport, CT. Baby's tears, a delicate-looking creeping herb, is in the nettle family.
4 Baby's tears only have an upward growth of about one to two inches tall, but planted in the ground, they are sometimes characterized as invasive and weed-like. I think they look beautiful on this table.
5 In these large faux bois planters are Boston ferns - probably the most well-known of the nephrolepis ferns. They are tough ferns with a higher tolerance for light than other species. Their long, graceful fronds look so lush and beautiful.
6 Boston ferns prefer bright, indirect light. Their root balls should be kept moist, and depending on the ambient humidity in the room, would also appreciate regular misting.
7 In between my kitchen and dining room is the servery. Here, I have several button ferns - dependable plants that grow well indoors with minimal care.
8 Here is a beautiful begonia - look at its dramatic foliage of green and reddish-brown leaves. As with most begonias, its dainty flowers grow above the foliage.
9 Selanginella is the sole genus of the vascular plants in the family Selaginellaceae. This species has creeping scale-like leaves. Overwatering is rarely a problem with this plant - it likes its soil moist.
10 Another button fern makes a nice centerpiece for this dining table. The button fern's branches stretch to only a foot-long, each with a slight and gentle arch.
11 There are actually two plants here - two Ledebouria socialis, or silver squills. These plants bloom in late winter to early spring, with tiny green flowers. Keep them looking tidy by frequently removing old, dry leaves.
12 This is a potted wire vine. It is a hardy and relatively drought tolerant plant. Its long, wiry vines are covered with small, round emerald-green leaflets.
13 Also in my dining room is this lemon cypress. The lemon cypress can be pruned to any desired shape and is well-liked for its light, lemony fragrance.
14 The two lemon cypress plants and the two wire vines make a wonderful display on this antique sideboard.
15 I have such a wonderful collection of begonias that are flowering now - this one looks great sitting next to some of the Easter decorations.
16 This is a blue geranium. Geraniums are one of the most popular plants and can be enjoyed outdoors as well as indoors.
17 This variegated geranium is perfect for my Green Parlor. Geraniums originated in South Africa and belong to the genus Pelargonium, which means "stork" in Latin. They can be grown in garden beds, flower boxes, hanging baskets or decorative pots.
18 Look at this beautiful blooming orchid. Most orchids are epiphytes which means they grow on other objects, such as rocks and trees.
19 Flanking the other side of the fireplace is another orchid with many blooms. Caring for orchids can be daunting, but understanding their basic and unique needs, these beautiful plants can thrive in nearly any home.
20 Many begonias are loved for their compact size. While they can grow very large horizontally, they don't reach great heights, because they grow from rhizomes that creep along the soil.
21 Here is another potted baby's tears plant with more foliage than the ones in my Brown Room. Baby's tears are fast-growing evergreens with cascading habits, and can be pruned to any shape.
22 Another Selaginella plant sitting among my faux chocolate bunnies in the Green Parlor. If you look closely, I always place a dish under my potted plants. Many of them are small single, silver-plate saucers I found at tag sales.
23 These two begonias and the big, blue fern behind them are all sitting on antique cast-iron pedestals.
24 I just love the small, delicate pastel-colored flowers and the heavy, dark green and brown leaves of this begonia. Its display is quite dramatic.
25 The chalk-blue color of this fern makes it stand out. It is a very forgiving fern, provided it isn't overwatered. In fact, for a fern, it is pretty drought tolerant.
26 In the other corner, another trio of blooming begonias and a blue fern.
27 This is a Peperomia caperata, a species of plant native to Brazil. It has corrugated, heart-shaped leaves that look almost like rubber. It's become a very popular houseplant.
28 This is another Peperomia caperata. Peperomias offer a diversity of leaf sizes, shapes and colors. They are compact plants, rarely exceeding a foot-tall, and do very well in bright light.