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Ferns

Ferns are highly versatile, ancient and mysterious plants which require very little care and attention and are untroubled by pests and diseases. They have marvellously intricate foliage with architectural pinnate leaf forms which look particularly beautiful as they erupt from new fronds.

Ferns are shade loving plants, growing best in dappled shade rather than complete darkness, making them perfect for acting as a graceful backdrop to showier plants such as flowering or berry-producing shrubs. They are ideal for adding a fresh, woodland feel to a garden and often work most effectively when planted in groups, perhaps with a clambering variegated evergreen climber such as Hedera dentata Variegata or Hedera Goldheart scrambling in-between. The stately tree fern Dicksonia Antarctica, thought to be one of the oldest plants in the world, should be considered a staple plant for shade in any garden.

Ferns have fibrous roots, rather than woody taproots, so grow best in an open, free-draining soil; if you have a heavier clay soil, just be sure to build in some organic matter when planting. Grow taller-growing varieties in sheltered spots to avoid damage being caused as they rock around in the wind.

 

 

 

Asplenium scolopendrium

CODE: 6075

This Asplenium scolopendrium is an evergreen fern that displays wonderful bright green, long tongue shaped leaves. The leaves appear leathery and the... More 

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Athyrium minimum

CODE: 1938

Athyrium minimum is a rare dwarf species of lady fern from the Far East. A lovely neat and intricate fern with foliage that grows to about 15cm tall,... More 

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

CODE: 1933

Athyrium minimum is a rare dwarf species of lady fern from the Far East. A lovely neat and intricate fern with foliage that grows to about 15cm tall,... More 

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Blechnum spicant

CODE: 1926

A distinctive and elegant evergreen fern with good neat clumps of comb-like fronds. The native hard fern is called the hard fern because, unlike most... More 

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Cheilanthes lanosa

CODE: 1937

Cheilanthes lanosa is a native of Southwest USA and an exception among ferns as it is happy in partial shade or even full sun. Relatively small, this... More 

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Cyrtomium devexiscapulae

CODE: 1941

Cyrtomium devexiscapulae is a tall growing evergreen fern with a spreading habit growing and spreading to around 60-70cm. Fronds are made up of... More 

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Cyrtomium fortunei

CODE: 1939

Cyrtomium fortunei is commonly referred to as Fortunes cyrtomium getting its name from plant hunter Robert Fortune. A hardy semi-evergreen fern with and... More 

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Dicksonia antarctica

CODE: 1932

Stunning evergreen tree fern, but can be classed as deciduous in colder areas. Very slow growing with a stout trunk; and rosette of arching dark green... More 

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Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata'

CODE: 7700

Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata' is a dwarf semi-evergreen fern, perfect for adding some year round interest and colour to a border.... More 

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Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' (syn. The King)

CODE: 1927

A handsome semi-evergreen fern with crested, large arched fronds twisted at the tips. Shuttlecock in shape, it thrives in woodland areas with moist soil... More 

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Dryopteris affinis crispa congesta

CODE: 1936

Dryopteris affinis crispa congesta is a native evergreen fern, perfect for adding some year round interest and colour to a border. Commonly known as... More 

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Dryopteris erythrosora

CODE: 1928

A handsome deciduous fern with triangular fronds which are copper-red when young, slowly maturing to a dark green. A very popular fern that is ideal when... More 

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