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  • Leatherwood Fern has 15 to 20 inch long fronds with deeply cut, glaucous green leaves that taper to a point. T Leatherwood Fern grows from a rootstock as opposed to a rhizome and doesn't spread but forms an attractive, vase-like shaped clump.

    Leatherwood Fern


    Leatherwood Fern is commonly found in damp, heavily shaded areas Leatherwood Fern (Dryopteris Marginalis) is a shade-loving native perennial found across the continental United States. It is commonly found in damp, heavily shaded areas, primarily within...

  • Sensitive Fern  reach heights up to two feet tall, and their arching fronds create dramatic landscapes. Sensitive Fern grow in front or backyards with no need for overhead cover.

    Sensitive Fern


    Sensitive Fern grows in both swampy and moist areas Sensitive fern, also referred to as Onoclea sensibilis, is native to China, East Asia and distributed widely in North America. It has rough leaves well aligned to form a beautiful triangular shape. To...

  • Bracken ferns look spectacular paired with violets. Bracken fern grow up to four feet tall.

    Bracken Fern


    Bracken ferns (Pteridium aquilinum) belong to the large family of coarse ferns that grow in most areas of the world and most soils.  They are hardy plants that are easy to start and lend themselves very well to various settings...

  • Chistmas fern got its name staying green through the holiday season.
Christmas fern is a deciduous evergreen fern

    Christmas Fern


    Christmas Fern remain green year round The Christmas fern has beautiful, rich green leaves that remain green all year long. Unlike other plants, the Christmas fern grows year-round in either dry or moist conditions, preferring partial shade and a...

  • Fiddlehead Fern is named after the coil shape they hold for around two weeks and then uncurl. Fiddlehead Fern  is commonly green and usually ranging from lime green to various shades of medium green.

    Fiddlehead Fern


    Fiddlehead Fern: Matteuccia Struthiopteris resemble the scroll on a violin Fiddlehead Ferns are named after the coil shape they hold for around two weeks and then uncurl. The coil that these plants make is said to resemble the scroll on a violin...

  • Giant ostrich ferns prefer fertile, moist soil conditions.
Giant Ostrich Fern grows best in full shaded areas.

    Giant Ostrich Fern


    Giant Ostrich Fern  Hardy Planting Zone - 3-9  Bloom Season - Non-flowering  Bloom Color - n/a  Height at Maturity - 3-6ft  Soil Type Preferred - Fertile, moist soil  Sun or Shade: Full shade, tolerates partial...

  • Glade Fern Glade fern require partial to full shade.

    Glade Fern


      Glade Fern  The glade fern is a fern with narrow leaves and is also known as the Silvery Glade Fern.  The plant grows in hardiness zones 3 to 9. The genus name for the Glade Fern comes from the Greek term meaning double...

Ferns For Moist Areas and Shade


Ferns can add a woodsy look to the home garden. They can look great in the background behind other shade-loving plants or standing alone with their graceful lacey fronds. They are remarkably trouble-free and easy to grow.


Ferns come in many different styles and sizes. Some are small, while others can get much taller. They come in a significant number of patterns and colors, which contributes to their beauty.


Like spreading plants? Although most people probably picture upright plants when they think about ferns, some are more like a ground cover. These would be planted more toward the front of a garden.


At plant nurseries, check the care card to see how deeply you should plant fern, the amount of sunlight it should receive, and watering tips. Check to see if the fern you select is hardy enough to tolerate the hot and cold temperatures in your area before taking it home.


Consider how tall the plant will grow when fully established. Shorter ferns might be best if you don’t have much space.


Think about the layout of your garden when getting ready to plant. Most ferns prefer partial to full shade. It shouldn’t be surprising since ferns grow widespread in tropical areas. Choose a location that offers dappled shade. Avoid the dense shade.


The soil where they are planted should be rich in organic matter. Add in compost or rotted manure if needed.


Prepare the soil by digging 6-12 inches deep. Remove any weeds, rocks, or roots. The hole should be broad and deep enough to hold the fern’s root ball ultimately.


When you are ready to plant the fern, loosen it from its pot. Gently loosen the root ball. It will help the growth of the root system. At this point, step back and check the look of the fern. Should the plant be moved to the right or left a little? That is the time to adjust the position.


Cover it generously with soil and use your hands or a garden tool to press it down around the fern.


Water thoroughly. Newly planted plants shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. Check it regularly for moistness throughout its first growing season. That will help it get successfully established.


Keep weeds in check by applying a layer of mulch around the fern. It might be shredded bark or a like substance.


You can also raise Ferns indoors. Keep them away from heat. Watch for signs of drying out. You can do this by touching the soil. Misting indoor ferns is another way to keep them from getting too dry. Don’t spray the foliage directly.


Most ferns are low-maintenance plants. They look great and don’t require a lot of care. You can enjoy Ferns for years.