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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 (1.5/2L)

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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Asplenium scolopendrium (11cm)

CODE: 10402

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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Blechnum spicant (1.5/2L)

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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Blechnum spicant (11cm)

CODE: 10404

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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Cyrtomium devexiscapulae (1.5-2L)

CODE: 1941

Cyrtomium devexiscapulae is an unusal evergreen fern with impressive fronds of segmented leaves originating from the Far East. Hardy in most conditions... More 

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Cyrtomium fortunei (11cm)

CODE: 10405

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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Cyrtomium fortunei (2/3L)

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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Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata' (1.5/2L)

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 The King' (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1927

Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata The King' is a handsome semi-evergreen fern with crested, large arched fronds twisted at the tips. Shuttlecock in... More 

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Dryopteris affinis (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1927

Dryopteris affinis is a hardy semi-evergreen fern often found in woodlands throughout the UK. Young bipinnatifid fronds are bright yellow-green... More 

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Dryopteris erythrosora (1.5/2L)

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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Dryopteris erythrosora var. prolifica (1.5/2L)

CODE: 8160

Dryopteris erythrosora var. prolifica is a striking compact evergreen fern with triangular fronds that start out an beautiful copper-red, slowly turning... More 

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Dryopteris erythrosora var. prolifica (11cm)

CODE: 10303

Dryopteris erythrosora var. prolifica is a striking compact evergreen fern with triangular fronds that start out an beautiful copper-red, slowly turning... More 

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Dryopteris filix-mas 'Crispa Cristata' (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1929

A native British fern, semi-evergreen with a compact habit. Tall, bright green fronds with crested leaves which are ruffled or curly along their margins,... More 

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Dryopteris stewartii (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1935

Dryopteris stewartii is a hardy semi-evergreen fern with an upright growing habit. Ideal for planting in full or partially shaded parts of the garden. It... More 

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Osmunda regalis (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1931

This is an upright, clump-forming fern with erect stems of fresh green, lacy-textured, lance-shaped foliage that tapers towards the tip. It’s a deciduous... More 

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Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosum' (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1930

An attractive evergreen fern with finely divided, lacey, pale green leaves borne on soft fronds. Accented beautifully with dark green mature fronds,... More 

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Polystichum setiferum 'Proliferum Wollastonii' (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1934

Polystichum setiferum 'Proliferum Wollastonii' is a dense, long and lacy, soft green fronds reaching up to 60cm, with a nice horizontal growth... More 

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Pteris umbrosa (1.5/2L)

CODE: 5639

Pteris umbrosa is a compact, evergreen fern that originates from Australia. It produces foliage of upright shiny green fronds with attractive wavy edges.... More 

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Pteris wallichiana (2L)

CODE: 1942

Pteris wallichiana is a rather impressive looking fern from the Himalaya region. Similar to our native bracken in its appearance it is far more exotic... More 

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Woodwardia fimbriata (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1943

Woodwardia fimbriata is a large, evergreen fern which has erect fronds, unlike other Woodwardia ferns. An unusual fern and not widely grown the... More 

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