Ferns are one of those plant groups that just gets no respect in the garden. While most people consider them dull and boring, the reality couldn't be any further away. While they lack flowers, ferns make up the difference with foliage colour, texture and form. These three beauties show exactly what I mean and why I like ferns so much.
Dyce's Holly FernPolystichum x 'Dycei'
This large holly fern adds a bold and elegant look to woodlands and shaded gardens. Sturdy 30 inch long arching fronds with glossy dark green foliage emerge from a center crown to give a balanced symetrical appearance. In the fall, numerous plantlets are produced at the end of the fronds. Dyce's holly fern forms robust, deer resistant clumps that grow to 2ft in height a similar spread. Best when planted in full to part shade in rich, moist, but well drained soils. Hardy in USDA zones 6-8
Regal Red Japanese Painted FernAthyrium nipponicum pictum 'Regal Red'
Regal Red is a beautifully marked up version of the popular Japanese Painted Fern. Dark red-violet stems and interior fronds with silver edges grace this dynamic plant. Contrasts well with reddish purple and blue textured plants. A great plant for woodland gardens, containers and borders. Grows 18-24 inches tall and wide. Shade to part shade is ideal in moist, but well drained soils. Most Japanese Painted Ferns are slow to grow in spring so be patient. Hardy in zones 3-8.
Himalayan Maidenhair Fern
This species of Maidenhair Fern has a delicate appearance, with black stems holding very small leaves of soft green. It forms a low, slow-spreading patch. Adiantum venustum is great in containers or as a groundcover plant. It takes a couple of years to settle in, appreciating a rich soil that stays evenly moist. Not a good choice for dry shade under thirsty types of trees. Can be semi-evergreen in mild winter regions. Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (1993). Grows 8-12 inches in height and 12-24 inches in spread. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.
These ferns and many more are generally available at Art's Nursery. If you are making a special trip, we always ask that you call ahead to confirm availability.