“They are the very quintessence of the woods, whether they rise to form a classic urn like the great ostrich, or quiver on ebon stems like the lovely maiden-hair. The very name has a fresh, fragile sound in any language – Filices, felci, fougeres, Farnens, ferns.” George H. Ellwanger, The Garden Story, 1889.
People often wonder what to plant in the shade. Ferns are an excellent choice. There are so many to choose from in different sizes, shapes and colors. The texture of the foliage and the way they dance in the breeze make them the perfect choice for a lovely shade garden. A garden can certainly be comprised of just ferns themselves – a simple and elegant space immediately naturalizing the setting. When selecting ferns for your garden, keep in mind the growing conditions most suitable for them. Most ferns prefer and do best in a shady location with moist soil conditions. An exception is the Hayscented fern. It does well in full to part sun and with dry soil conditions. Choose a space where ferns would be happy and plant ferns! As always, check with your favorite garden center for the best selection.
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