Ferns

Athyriums are easy-to-grow ferns that will add texture and even color to your shady woodland garden. They do best in slightly acid soil that is loose and well drained. Where summers are not too hot, they will also perform well in full sun as long as they do not dry out.

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Athyrium 'Ghost' - Hybrid Fern

Athyriums are easy-to-grow ferns that will add texture and even color to your shady woodland garden. They do best in slightly acid soil that is loose and well drained. Where summers are not too hot, they will also perform well in full sun as long as they do not dry out. Athryium 'Ghost has fronds that emerge a silvery white before aging to green, creating a wonderful two-tone effect in the shade garden. A stately fern that reaches 18-24 inches. Z. 4-8

1.25 gallon                                    $ 15.95

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Athyrium filix-femina 'Cruciatum' - Criss-Cross Lady Fern

A triumph of the Pteridophyta (Fern family), this sport of the versatile Lady Fern displays its leaflets in a criss-cross pattern all up and down each frond. If you stand back from the backlit fronds, the intricate architecture of this Fern becomes immediately apparent. Each frond also ends in a little crest that resembles a tassel. The Victorians were enamored of these complex mutations, and literally hundreds of varieties were developed. 'Cruciatum' is one of the best. Grows 12-20 inches high. Z. 4-8

3-qt. pot            $ 12.95

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Athyrium filix-femina 'Minutissima' - Dwarf Lady Fern

This easy-to-grow Lady Fern is irresistible. It quickly forms a thick clump of lush green fronds, yet it typically remains only 6-12 inches high. It's perfect in rock gardens, but don't forget to include it in your combination container plantings, where it blends beautifully with other shade plants. Z. 4-8

1.5-qt. pot                   $ 9.95

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Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' - Japanese Painted Fern

Beautiful soft gray-green foliage stained with wine-purple along the veins is a pleasing feature of the Japanese Painted Fern. This fern forms a clump of arching, tapered fronds 15-18 inches high. Give it a shady, moist spot that is well-drained and rich in organic matter. Z. 5-8

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Athyrium nipponicum 'Regal Red' - Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern is one of the most colorful ferns that we can grow, and 'Regal Red' adds to its considerable charm. Each frond stands out in the garden with dark violet-red interiors and bright silver edges. The tips also twist slightly, giving fronds a fluffed-up look. Consider adding a few cut fronds to your cut-flower arrangements—they hold up well and add lots of character. 'Regal Red' reaches 15-18 inches high and does best in a shady, moist spot that is well-drained and rich in organic matter. Z. 5-8

3-qt. pot                 $ 12.95

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Athyrium nipponicum Apple Court - Crested Painted Fern

Beautifully marked in silver, green, and purple, the foliage of this recent selection is also crested at the pinna (leaflet) tips and at the tip of each frond. It looks rich and lush and grows to about 2 feet high. Z. 5-8

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Current Genus: Dryopteris

Dryopteris include Shield Ferns and Wood Ferns. They are indispensable in any fern collection, and their thick, substantial fronds, which are generally evergreen, look especially smart in front of tree stumps or boulders. They prosper with filtered sunlight in slighly acid soil that is loose or even stony. Plenty of rich compost and even moisture assure optimal results. When planting, crowns should be placed slightly above the soil surface while roots are completely covered.

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Dryopteris crassirhizoma - Thick-Stemmed Wood Fern

The massive crown of this fern is immediately recognizable in winter and early spring as it sends up thin-textured fronds up to 3 feet long. The vase-shaped growth habit makes this fern an excellent choice for a single specimen focal point in the garden. Z. 5-8

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Dryopteris cycadina - Shaggy Shield Wood Fern

Native to Eastern China and Japan, this lovely evergreen fern has dark green, heavily textured fronds that are highly decorative in shady borders or woodland edges. Distinctive black scales clothe the underside of the stems. The fronds are mostly upright, and the blackish new growth provides a welcome contrast as a backdrop for pastel spring flowers. This easily grown fern reaches 18-36 inches. Z. 5-8

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Dryopteris tokyoensis - Tokyo Wood Fern

This deciduous Dryopteris is a slender, vase-shaped plant with fronds 18-36 inches long. The fronds are narrow and held stiffly erect. Z. 5-8
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2.5 gallon                            $ 29.95

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Dryopteris x australis - Dixie Wood Fern

A naturally occurring hybrid, this dramatic fern bears broad fronds to perhaps 4-5 feet that are nevertheless delicate in outline. Don't be alarmed by the "Dixie" in the common name: This fern is hardy to well below zero. It's easy to grow and even tolerates some drought, once established. As with most ferns, however, steady moisture will produce the most spectacular results. Z. 5-8

1.25 gallon                    $ 19.95

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