Northern Maidenhair – Delicate, 20-40cm fronds with black stems, spread out into a fan-like circle. Hardy and easy to grow in moist, cool free draining environments in reasonable shade. Deciduous.
Hart’s Tongue Fern Compact, evergreen fern with narrow leathery green fronds growing to 45cm. Clumps in rosette of arching fronds with ruffled edges. Native origin. Humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil, in semi-shade. Tolerant of dry shade once established, so water regularly during the first season and mulch well.
Easily recognizable lady fern with fan-shaped pinnae. Originating in Ireland in 1857. forms a medium-sized clump with leaves congested into bead-like balls along the stems. Open and delicate in effect. Plants prefer a woodland setting, but will tolerate sun if given enough moisture. An easy fern, with a non-spreading habit.
Hardy and reliable herbaceous fern, which makes an ideal specimen plant. Distinctive red stems on delicate looking lime green fronds. A real favourite with us. Easy to grow in good quality, moist well-drained soil. Best colours seen in semi-shaded site. medium to wet, well-drained soil.
Victoria Lady Fern – Originates from Scotland in 1861. Very narrow pinnae on long fronds with drooping tassels of split tips. The deciduous fronds reach 30-60cm and will tolerate conditions from full light to deep shade.
Deep burgundy coloured fronds. Grows to around 45cm tall and will clump slowly. Moist free draining soil. Better colours in reasonable levels of shade but will tolerate sun if it does not dry out.
Japanese painted fern with dark shaded fronds topped with silvery pewter colours. Height to 45cm and will clump slowly. Grows best in full to moderate shade. Hardy.
Japanese Painted Fern Hardy herbaceous fern with deep purple-red painted fronds. The depth of the colour and frond patterning increases with age. Grow in free-draining moist soil in semi to full shade. Makes good ground cover, and equally good as a specimen planting.
Eared Lady Fern Very attractive hardy herbaceous painted fern. Forms a clump of arching pale green fronds with dark red stems up to 80cm, which looks particularly stunning as the fronds first emerge. Moist free-draining humous rich soil in semi-shade.
Very attractive Japanese fern with mahogany ribbed, deep olive green fronds growing up to 45 cm. Moist free-draining soil in moderate to deep shade. Deciduous and hardy. Makes a very good specimen plant and does well in a pot.
Deer Fern (Hard Fern) Native fern, which establishes well in shady areas in damp, neutral to acidic soil. Will grow in moist sunny sites. Evergreen fern forming neat clumps of long arched comb-like fronds. The tough fronds give the name Hard Fern.
Scaly Male Fern – Very short growing evergreen fern. Forms clumps of intricately waved small fronds. Damp and shaded sites. Probably more correctly known as “Crispa Gracilis”.