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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

    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.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 2
    Athyrium x Ghost

    '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.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 4
    Dennstaedtia punctilobula
    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.
    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 3
    Dryopteris erythrosora Brilliance™

    Brilliance™ 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.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5
    Dryopteris filix-mas
    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.
    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3
    Dryopteris marginalis
    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.
    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 2
    Dryopteris x australis

    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.

    Height: 48 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5
    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.
    Height: 48 Inches
    Spread: 60 Inches
    Zone: 3
    Osmunda cinnamomea

    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.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 2
    Osmunda regalis

    Royal Fern is a tall broad fronded fern that thrives in wet, shady sites.  At 48", it towers over other native ferns and stands out because of its coarse open texture.  Osmunda regalis is a deciduous spreader, slowly colonizing moist woodland settings.  When provided with consistent moisture, Royal Fern ever tolerates full sun.  An excellent tall addition to stream sides, ponds, rain gardens and wet meadows.

    Height: 48 Inches
    Spread: 48 Inches
    Zone: 3
    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.

    Height: 48 Inches
    Spread: 48 Inches
    Zone: 3
    Polystichum acrostichoides

    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.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3
    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.
    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5
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