Category Archives: Ferns

Woodwardia Fimbriata

giant chain fern Woodwardia fimbriataPosition: partial shadeSoil: moderately fertile damp soil with a neutral to acidic pHRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy (borderline so may need winter protection in colder regions) Found colonising reliably moist spots from Mexico to southwestern Canada this impressive evergreen fern offers height drama and year-round interest with its large handsome

Athyrium Filix Femina Subsp Angustum F Rubellum Lady In Red

lady in red fern Athyrium filix-femina subsp. ‘angustum f. rubellum Lady in Red’Position: full or partial shadeSoil: moist fertile neutral to acid soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy The graceful light green fronds of this elegant fern are held on striking bright red stems. It looks particularly pretty when the new fronds are emerging in

Dryopteris Filix Mas

male fern Dryopteris filix-masPosition: partial shadeSoil: moist humus-rich soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy A native male fern found naturally in moist woodlands around the UK. This large deciduous fern has feathery green fronds which form a distinctive shuttlecock shape and turn coppery in autumn. It makes a fine companion for shade-loving woodland plants especially

Dryopteris Affinis Cristata

golden male fern (syn. The King) Dryopteris affinis ‘Cristata’Position: partial shadeSoil: moist humus-rich soilRate of growth: slow-growingHardiness: fully hardy A cultivar of the native male fern Dryopteris affinis which is found in woodlands in wetter parts of Britain this is a handsome shuttlecock fern that keeps its leaves almost all year round. The young fronds

Athyrium Niponicum Var Pictum Ursulas Red

painted lady fern Athyrium niponicum var. ‘pictum ‘Ursula’s Red”Position: full or partial shadeSoil: moist fertile neutral to acid soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy The newly emerging fronds of this beautiful fern has rich purple-bronze tones which look like they have been sprinkled with silver dust. This two-tone effect creates a striking foliage contrast for

Polystichum Munitum

sword fern Polystichum munitumPosition: full or partial shadeSoil: fertile humus-rich well-drained soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy Lustrous dark green fronds up to 90cm (36in) long arranged in a distinctive shuttlecock-like shape. This evergreen fern is aptly named since the substantial fronds resemble large swords. Perfect for providing all year foliage interest for a mixed

Dryopteris Wallichiana

alpine wood fern Dryopteris wallichianaPosition: partial shadeSoil: moist humus-rich soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy A tough hardy fern that is native to the Himalayas. In spring Wallich’s wood fern produces bright green shuttlecock-like fronds on upright hairy stems up to 90cm high. Less fine in appearance than many other ferns it nonetheless makes a

Blechnum Brasiliense Volcano Pbr

hard fern Position: partial or deep shadeSoil: moist humus-rich acid soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: frost hardy (but usually fully hardy when established) Recently introduced to the UK this Brazillian ‘tree’ fern does eventually form short stem as it matures. It’s for the newly emerging bright red fronds that it is most sought after. These fronds

Polystichum Polyblepharum

Japanese lace fern Polystichum polyblepharumPosition: full or partial shadeSoil: fertile humus-rich well-drained soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy Very stiff erect lance-shaped fronds form a distinctive shuttlecock-like shape. The new fronds of this evergreen fern are covered in golden hairs as they unfurl. Perfect for providing all-year round interest for a shady well-drained mixed border

Polystichum Setiferum

soft shield fern Polystichum setiferumPosition: full or partial shadeSoil: fertile humus-rich well-drained soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy The large evergreen fern is a native of Britain with soft dark green fronds hat emerge upright before unfurling and falling softly open. Try it among other foliage plants at the front of a shady well-drained border

Polystichum Setiferum Plumosomultilobum Group

soft shield fern (syn. Plumosum Densum) Polystichum setiferum ‘Plumosomultilobum Group’Position: full or partial shadeSoil: fertile humus-rich well-drained soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy Soft narrow dark green fronds arranged in a distinctive shuttlecock-like shape. This handsome evergreen fern is perfect for a shady border with fertile humus-rich well-drained soil. Cutting back the foliage in early

Matteuccia Struthiopteris

ostrich fern Matteuccia struthiopterisPosition: partial shadeSoil: humus-rich moist but well-drained neutral to slightly acid soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy This wonderful deciduous shuttlecock fern is at its most beautiful in spring when the large pale green lacy fronds start to unfurl and filter the sunlight. It is one of the best foliage plants for

Dryopteris Erythrosora

Japanese shield fern Dryopteris erythrosoraPosition: partial shadeSoil: moist humus-rich soilRate of growth: slow-growingHardiness: fully hardy This striking deciduous fern has triangular-shaped fronds which are coppery-red when young and slowly mature to dark green. One of our recommended plants it needs plenty of moisture and contrasts beautifully with evergreen ferns and other woodland plants.

Osmunda Regalis

royal fern Osmunda regalisPosition: partial shadeSoil: moist fertile humus-rich preferably acid soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy A stunning giant fern that really lives up to its regal name. In spring huge bright green fronds unfurl and filter the sunlight. In autumn they turn bronze before dying back. This deciduous fern forms a natural rounded

Polypodium Vulgare

common polypody Polypodium vulgarePosition: full sun or dappled shadeSoil: moderately fertile humus-rich gritty or stony well-drained soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy This evergreen fern is a native of Britain and as such is one of the most versatile for our climate being content in most soils damp or dry as long as it has

Polystichum Setiferum Divisilobum Group Herrenhausen

soft shield fern Polystichum setiferum ‘(Divisilobum Group) Herrenhausen’Position: full or partial shadeSoil: fertile humus-rich well-drained soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy One of the loveliest varieties of our native evergreen fern this has filigree-fine fronds that form a lacy rosette. It is ideal at the front of a shady border where its elegance can be

Cyrtomium Fortunei

fortune’s cyrtomium Cyrtomium fortuneiPosition: partial to full shadeSoil: moderately fertile humus-rich moist but well-drained soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy An semi-evergreen fern withbright green broad leathery fronds and distinctive black stems. It issometimes called holly fern due to the distinctive shape of the fronds. This fern has an upright habit and looks particularly attractive among

Asplenium Scolopendrium

hart’s tongue fern Asplenium scolopendriumPosition: partial shadeSoil: humus-rich moist well-drained preferably alkaline soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy A lovely evergreen hart’s tongue fern that is both eyecatching and versatile. Shiny wavy-edged fronds unfurl in early spring and remain all year. It is shown off to best effect in a natural-looking context alongside other ferns

Athyrium Filix Femina

lady fern Athyrium filix-feminaPosition: full or partial shadeSoil: moist fertile neutral to acid soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy This is the lady fern with graceful bright green filigree-like leaves. One of our recommended plants it looks great planted in bold swathes with other shade-loving plants in a sheltered shady woodland edge shrub or mixed

Dryopteris Filix Mas Cristata

male fern Dryopteris filix-mas ‘Cristata’Position: partial shadeSoil: moist humus-rich soilRate of growth: averageHardiness: fully hardy The mid-green fronds are crested at their tips and at the ends of divisions and form robus upright shuttlecock-like shapes. A useful groundcover under trees as it is quite drought tolerant once it has had a chance to become established.