Himalayan Maidenhair – Hardy deciduous fern, almost evergreen in mild areas, forming a mat of fronds up to 25cm. Moist, cool sites with plenty of shade.
Japanese Beech Fern Very attractive compact semi-evergeen fern with finely cut, soft green fronds held upright to 60cm. Moist soil in partial shade, but will tolerate periods of dry once established.
Broad Buckler Fern Hardy semi-evergreen with toothed and crispy fronds growing in bushy clumps to 60cm tall. Easy in good garden soils in full or partial shade.
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.
Soft Shield Fern Compact semi-evergreen fern with slightly arching upright pale green fronds to 90cm. Hardy fern for shade or semi-shade and moist soil.
Western Sword Fern Hardy evergreen fern forming a large clump of erect, narrowly lance-shaped, dark green fronds to 90cm. Can grow in damp or dry soils when established.
Alpine Wood Fern Hardy semi-evergreen fern, with tufts of erect, narrow fronds up to 150cm. Frond ribs covered in yellow hairs when young, which turn black with age, giving this fern its distinctive look. Good quality moist garden soil in shade and away from heat in summer.
Soft Shield Fern Compact evergreen fern growing to 60cm. Triangular fronds with overlapping pinnae. Moist, but well drained soil in partial shade, but will grow in full sun once established.
Interrupted Fern So named because the fertile segments of the fruiting fronds are carried in between lengths of barren frond rib. Deciduous fern with fronds growing to 150cm in mature plants. Neutral to acid rich soil in sheltered shade or semi-shade.