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:
Phegopteris decursive-pinnata, known commonly as Japanese Beech Fern, is an Eastern Asian fern known for its ability to thrive in shaded woodland conditions, spreading slowly by rhizome to create dense colonies that are largely unbothered by deer and rabbits. While capable of handling heavier shade, Japanese Beech Fern does best in brightly shaded conditions, and can make a wonderful groundcover in the understory. The feathery, emerald green fronds develop circular, rusty orange sori on the undersides of individual pinnae, with a distinctive winged rachis running between each pinnule. The genus name, Phegopteris, literally means “beech fern”, while its specific epithet refers to the feathery pinnae that run down the stipe.
Christmas Fern has green, shiny foliage. Young fiddleheads in spring are silvery and scaled. Polystichum acrostichoides is evergreen and looks like a Boston Fern. It will not spread or naturalize, but in time the clumps will increase in size. Songbirds will use parts and scale-like hairs in nest construction. Christmas Fern hugs the ground in winter.
PRN Preferred: We love the hardiness and the neat evergreen foliage of this fern.