Cinnamon Fern – Large deciduous edible fern with a thick rhizome that occasionally can form a small trunk. Tall arching graceful fronds appear in spring. The emerging croziers are collected for food. Later in the season the spore bearing fronds appear, covered in cinnamon coloured spores. Fronds can reach 100cm.
Oriental Ostrich Fern Deciduous fern with large open fronds up to 100cm and distinctive fruiting fronds in late spring. Grow in a sheltered position in cool moist soil. Spreads slowly.
Japanese Tassle Fern Hardy semi-evergreen fern with pale-green fronds, with yellow bristles, growing up to 60cm. Fronds darken with age. Moist well-drained soil in semi-shade.
Red Shield Fern Hardy semi-evergreen fern with copper coloured new fronds emerging in spring and through the growing season. Fronds grow in tight clumps and turn a shiny dark green and grow to 75cm. Shade or semi-shade in good quality garden soil.
Three ferns of your choice for £12 (P&P is extra). It would help to nominate a reserve fern, just in case any of your first choice ferns runs out (but please state clearly that this is as an alternative, rather than a fourth plant ordered).
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.
Slender Crested Male Fern Hardy deciduous fern forming clumps with large arching fronds of narrow pinnules to 90cm. Prefers cool moist shade or semi-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.
Crested Male Fern Hardy and compact growing, with lime green fronds emerging in early spring. Fronds very curly and resemble parsley. Grows in clumps, preferring damp shade in neutral to acid soil.