A Classic Shade Garden Plant Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) has been a staple in the shade garden for years, and for good reason. This hardy fern has stood the test of time and beauty. In the wild you can find Lady Fern happily living by streambeds, in meadows, in moist woods and thickets. Because it thrives in such challenging conditions out there, can you imagine how it will excel in your home garden? Lady Fern will shine in your shadier garden spots. It loves being in containers as well as borders. The fronds unfurl in the unmistakably romantic fountain shape so beloved by gardeners and quickly adds volume to your plantings. It compliments so many garden styles – cottage, woodland and modern. Lady Fern has shown up in garden sketches as early as the 18th century, so you know that any plant that has been in gardens since then must be hardy and easy to care for. Just like the Southern Lady, or Red Stem Fern, this classic plant can be divided and transplanted in spring and early summer, planting the crown at the surface. It is super easy to grow & is hardy from the cold northern regions of zone 3 to the heat & humidity in the southern states in zone 9. If you have spots in your shade garden that need to be filled quickly or are just looking for some lovely green to complement your front porch, make sure to leave space for this beauty. Super hardy and easy to grow, you can’t go wrong with these in your garden. Order your Lady Fern from Nature Hills today. * Easy care* Adapts to many garden styles* Perfect in the shady garden.
Evergreen Fronds at Christmas The Christmas Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, occurs in both dry and moist wooded slopes, moist banks and ravines. It typically grows in a fountain-like clump to 2′ tall and features leathery, lance-shaped, evergreen fronds. It is green at Christmas time as the common name suggests. The stocking shape of the pinnae also suggests Christmas. Crosiers (young fiddleheads) in spring are silvery and scaled. Sori appear on the undersides of the pinnae only at the ends (last 1/3) of the fronds. Christmas ferns are asymmetrical with a fine texture and have a moderately dense crown. The evergreen fronds provide good winter interest for the landscape. This fern does not spread but the clumps increase in size over time. These plants serve as hosts for butterfly larvae. Christmas ferns enjoy shade and it will not survive in the sun! *Evergreen Foliage*Grows in Clumps and Will Not Spread*Good Shade Plant in Moist Soil.
Striking silver foliage for the shade Do you have a shady spot in your garden that is crying out for some attention? You’ve tried other things, but nothing seems to ‘take’? Might we suggest that you try the beautiful Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum Pictum)? This fern is an attention-getter in the shady garden. It has a ‘weeping’ fern shape, like a grand garden fountain in miniature. The foliage looks painted with silver-green and maroon along its stems. It was nominated for Perennial of the Year for 2004 and for good reasons – low maintenance, beautiful foliage and thrives in the shade. (Even though it doesn’t like full sun, a little afternoon sun brings out the colors even more.) It loves wet spots beside streams or ponds, or being in those pesky low places in your yard that are always a little too wet. It also is one of the few ferns that does fine in drier soils, too. Try pairing Japanese Painted Fern with Hostas and Heucheras for a shady garden worthy of an artist. This is a great addition to your landscape and we know you will enjoy watching this fern grow. * Striking silver and maroon foliage* OK in full shade* Likes moist soil.
Unique Fern with a Distinctive Shape Fern – Japanese Holly, Cyrtomium Fortunei, has a beautiful and distinctive shape with a few fronds forming a vaselike crown. The fronds are four to seven inches wide and a beautiful glossy dark green with four to ten pairs of leaves per pinnae. The individual pinnae are leathery, serrated with sharp points, and have a remarkable resemblance to holly leaves – thus the common name. (Older plants may have a four foot spread.) It prefers partial sun to full shade and needs soil that is moist, humus rich, with good drainage. This fern can take more sun than most ferns so you can use it in pots or in beds as a border where you normally couldn’t put a fern. However, it must be kept out of strong afternoon sun in warmer climates . Overall, this is one tough fern with ubique feature that would lbe a great addition to any yard or patio. Buy yours today! * Leaves look like hollies* Tolerates more sun than most ferns* Distinctive shape .
Three Amazing Colors in One Hardy Fern Brilliance Autumn Fern, Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’, is a popular groundcover that offers a lively splash of color. Use a few of these for those places in your yard where fussier plants fail to thrive. Brilliance Fern will brighten your shady perennial beds and borders and will fill-in around your trees and shrubs. If you love Autumn Ferns, you’ll find this new variety improves upon that popular choice, with even more color and “brilliance”. You’ll be amazed by the spring show this lovely fern performs with its unfurling leaves in tones of orange/red and coppery-pink. The delightful color will provide decorative interest to your yard much longer into the spring than similar varieties before maturing to a deep green for summer. The arching, 2-foot long fronds will maintain their color throughout summer with a glossy green sheen that is sure to draw the eye. As the frosts of autumn approach, your Brilliance Fern will give a last gasp of color, returning to its red-toned brilliance to spice up the fading landscape. Brilliance Autumn Fern will reach a height of two feet with an equal spread. It has a clumping nature with triangular, pinnate fronds. It’s easy to grow and will be surprisingly drought tolerant once established in your garden. Brilliance Autumn Fern requires little care, so you won’t have to fuss over it, and it will thrive in those areas of your yard that discourage fussier plants. Almost every garden has a spot for a Brilliance Autumn Fern. Easy to grow, adaptable to shade and offering 3-season color (4-season in warm climates), Brilliance Fern will be a lively addition to your yard this summer. * Spring interest * Fall color * Rabbit tolerant * Cold hardy * Deer resistant * Heat tolerant * Pest resistant * Drought tolerant once established * Heavy shade tolerant * Evergreen/semi-evergreen (depending upon climate).
Red Stripes and Green Lace Lady in Red Fern, Athyrium felix-forma ‘Lady in Red’, is strong-growing and dependable. Tough and easy to grow, this sultry beauty is the right choice for perennial borders and woodlands alike! A breathtaking flush of new fronds appears in the spring, with new leaves appearing throughout the season for a continuously fresh look. The lacy, light green foliage is held upright on dark, brilliant red-violet stripes (fern stems). Each plant of this slowly spreading fern should spread to 3′ in 5 years. Lady in Red Fern is a deciduous, easy-to-grow fern that makes a great blending plant for hosta and other bold-leaf plants in the woodland garden. Lady in Red Ferns prefers to be grown in part to full shade in average to rich, moist but well-drained soil that is neutral to slightly acid; provides seasonal cover for birds and other wildlife. Lady in Red Ferns make a good ground cover in shaded areas. The colorful fronds can be used in fresh arrangements. Ferns can be divided and transplanted in spring and early summer, planting the crown at the surface. They thrive even when other plants fail! Whether used in borders or as a background, ferns can add texture and color to any garden with their gracefulness and beautiful varying shades of green! *Red Stems and Green Lacy Leaves*Spreads Slowly*Part to Full Shade.
The Ghost Fern, ‘Athyrium niponicum var. pictum and Athyrium filix-feminais’, is a deciduous hybrid fern. The characteristic that is most noteable is it’s upright silvery foliage. The silvery foliage is acquired from its Japanese painted fern parent and upright habit from its lady fern parent. It typically grows to 30” tall. The slowly spreading clump of fronds are a soft grayish-green with an overlay of silvery shades. The silver is contrasted by the darker maroon midribs. The fronds become more grayish-green as summers warmer temperatures arrive. The Ghost Fern is easily grown in organically rich, medium wet, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. The best site for this plant is in sheltered location. The Ghost Fern will tolerate more soil dryness than some other ferns, but soils must not be allowed to dry out. This fern is best used in, shade gardens or shaded border fronts, and in shaded areas near streams or ponds..