Native Ferns Are Easy
Cooling, calming ferns for easy beauty. They grow with very little care.
Got deer? They VERY RARELY eat ferns. Add humus if soil is heavy.
"Maidenhair" Fern (Adiatum pedatum) is a favorite. Looks beautiful on a bank in the shade, or hanging over a rock. Plant with some humus if your soil is heavy. $10 each.
Shade Gardening with ferns is an easy reward for any effort you make, and very relaxing - because - in the heat of summer you can garden and stay cool! Ferns look good combined with other shade lovers and help exclude weeds.
Hardy, beautiful, slowly spreads. Combines well with other plants for a luxurious look in the shade garden. $6.
"Christmas Fern" (Polystichum acrostichoides). An aristocratic fern. Beautiful even into the winter. Enhances any native shade garden with dark green fronds
in full or part shade. Likes rich soil but average soil ok
Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea) Showy and easy to grow. Clump will have copper colored fronds in the center. Likes wet site. $10
'Lady in Red' Athyrium filix-femina. An easy to grow fern that is ok with average soil. Tolerates more sun than many ferns if not allowed to dry out. New growth is beautiful. Gets new fronds throughout the season. Red stems are awesome! $10
Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis) Spreading fern with broad, smooth leaves. Use for a ground cover in sun or shade. Effective anywhere you want interesting foliage.