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Ferns

Ferns are a great choice for almost any garden, they are generally deer resistant and provide beauty and interest to woodland gardens.  Find the right choice for your site from the options below:

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    Adiantum pedatum

    Adiantum pedatum

    Fern - Maidenhair

    Five Finger Maidenhair Fern is a lovely woodland native, thriving in moist humus rich soils.  Preferring cool summer temperatures, Adiantum pedatum is hardy all the way to zone 2.  The bright green airy fronds are made more attractive by the shiny wiry black stems.  Since Maidenhair Fern spreads by rhizomes on the surface of moist soils, it can eventually form an excellent woodland groundcover.  This fern will not perform well in full sun or hot summer sites.

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    Athyrium filix-femina
    Lady Fern has green lacy foliage, and is a deciduous clump. It is relatively sun tolerant, in spite of its fine foliage. A good filler for moist woodland gardens.
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    Athyrium nipponicum Pictum

    Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum'

    Fern - Japanese Painted

    Japanese Painted Fern has showy silver, purple and green foliage. It is a deciduous creeper. Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' was the 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year.
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    Athyrium x Ghost

    Athyrium x 'Ghost'

    Fern - Lady

    'Ghost' Lady Fern is a hybrid of A. filix-femina and A. nipponicum 'Pictum'. This fern combines the best of its parents in its brilliant silvery coloring on a light green background. The habit of Athyrium x 'Ghost' is somewhat upright and the color lights up dark spots amazingly. A deciduous clump which slowly widens, 'Ghost' was found in a garden in Richmond, Virginia as a spontaneous seedling.

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    Dennstaedtia punctilobula

    Dennstaedtia punctilobula

    Fern - Hay-scented

    Hay-scented Fern has lacy green foliage that will take somewhat dry, relatively sunny sites. Dennstaedtia punctilobula is a deciduous spreader that can handle poor soils well. When the fronds are brushed against, they release the smell of fresh cut hay.
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    Dryopteris erythrosora Brilliance™

    Brillance™ Autumn Fern was selected for its striking new fronds which emerge throughout the spring and summer in shades of salmon, copper and orange.  The semi-evergreen fronds then mature to glossy medium green, adding a bright note to woodland settings.  Since Autumn Ferns spread slowly by rhizomes, they make a good groundcover in shady sites.  Consistent moisture is needed to promote new frond production.

    PRN Preferred:  Bronze new growth all spring and summer.  Looks good throughout most of the winter.

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    Dryopteris filix-mas

    Dryopteris filix-mas

    Fern - Robust Male

    Robust Male Fern has dark green foliage, and does well in deep shade, as well as in sun. Dryopteris filix-mas is a deciduous clump. Highly adaptable because it is relatively sun tolerant.
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    Dryopteris marginalis

    Dryopteris marginalis

    Fern - Evergreen Wood

    Evergreen Wood Fern has dark green, leathery foliage and tolerates relatively dry sites. Dryopteris marginalis is an evergreen clump that performs well on forest edges.
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    Dryopteris x australis

    Dryopteris x australis

    Fern - Dixie Wood

    Dixie Wood Fern has shiny green foliage which is large and dramatic. It is a vigorous cross between the Log Fern and the Southern Wood Fern. A large, semi-evergreen clump.

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    Matteuccia struthiopteris
    Ostrich Fern has edible fiddleheads in the spring, followed by tall green fronds. It is very wet site tolerant and is a deciduous rapid spreader. Matteuccia struthiopteris is also relatively sun tolerant, if in a wet location.
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    Osmunda cinnamomea

    Osmunda cinnamomea

    Fern - Cinnamon

    Cinnamon Fern has medium green somewhat coarse foliage. The fertile fronds are cinnamon colored, and very upright. Osmunda cinnamomea is very wet site tolerant, and a deciduous creeper. Great in rain gardens.

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    Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis

    Royal Fern has tall, showy coarse green foliage with fiddleheads that may be purple when emerging. Osmunda regalis is very wet site tolerant, and a deciduous spreader. Relatively sun tolerant if in a wet location.

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    Polystichum acrostichoides

    Polystichum acrostichoides

    Fern - Christmas

    Christmas Fern has green, shiny foliage. Polystichum acrostichoides is an evergreen spreader that looks like a Boston Fern. It hugs the ground in winter.

    PRN Preferred:  We love the hardiness and the neat evergreen foliage of this fern.

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    Polystichum polyblepharum
    The delicate, symmetrical evergreen Tassel Fern has dark green lustrous foliage. The fiddleheads when emerging have bronzy fuzz on them for an interesting effect. Polystichum polyblepharum makes a dense, attractive evergreen clump.
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