Ferns

Ferns are wonderful for the shaded woodland garden, blending gentle textures and forms in a green tapestry with little need of gaudy colors; they are the perfect foil for trilliums and native orchids. Some species will provide something green where little else stands a chance of growing due to low light levels and adverse moisture conditions. Essential for shady waterfall gardens and shaded rock gardens, ferns provide graceful fillers and accents all over the garden. They impart a sense of calm to the landscape and intrigue us as their fiddleheads unfurl. Despite their delicate appearance, ferns are tough and adaptable plants, most species are easy to grow as long as their wants are understood. They haven't survived for as long as they have without being quite adaptable. With a bit of help from Dr Storer we finally got around to upgrading our rather pathetic fern listing, the new additions are either spore grown, or tissue cultured, primarily from Mickel's collection but also from Judith Jones and other well-known fern growers.



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Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern

Perhaps the best fern for growing amongst flowers, the leathery brilliant evergreen fronds and neat upright rosettes, 12" tall are a favorite of mine. Sturdy but non-invasive it prefers alkaline soil but does well on rock and sand.
$12.00

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Osmunda cinnamonea Cinnamon Fern

Osmunda cinnamonea Cinnamon Fern

Stately 3' - 5' plants, it likes moist shady places and even waterlogged sites but dislikes alkaline soils, fertile fronds are cinnamon brown hence the name, stunning en-masse.
$12.00

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Dryopteris marginalis Leather Wood Fern

Dryopteris marginalis Leather Wood Fern

The most evergreen of our native Dryopteris, easily identified by the sori that sit on the pinnule margins, with handsome leathery glaucous green fronds, it prefers deep rocky pockets of leaf mould, but it will endure some dryness. A good choice for cut fronds it is the epitome of what most people want in a fern. I love the crowns in early spring before the crosiers start to unfurl, sitting there in an inward pointing ring of teeth, surrounded by the outward pointing spokes of last years stems (sensors to warn of approaching prey), the creature at the bottom of Jabba's sand pit comes to mind.
$12.00

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Athyrium x 'Ghost'

Athyrium x 'Ghost'

A sterile hybrid between Lady and Painted, tissue cultured from Mickel's (Ferns for American Gardens) collection; we acquired this at the urging of Dr. Storer; Mickel was formerly a student of Storer's and we are easy. This is a long complicated tale involving Grebes, Berkley, Wagner, chemistry, Mickel and Dryopteris x dowellii which we may eventually write up in our best James Burke Connections style and post at ArrowheadAlpines.com. In any event, you want Ghost for the 2-3 foot stunning silvery white fronds; this ranks among the very best.
$15.00

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Athyrium filix-femina Lady Fern

Athyrium filix-femina Lady Fern

This popular fern is among the loveliest medium tall species. It advances rather rapidly showing off its extremely attractive new growth often with striking red stems. It prefers rather moist shade.
$12.00

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Athyrium angustatum f. rubellum 'Lady in Red'

Athyrium angustatum f. rubellum 'Lady in Red'

A fantastic selection of the northern form of Lady Fern, which creeps more than the southern Athyrium filix-femina, this selection features incredible red stems and lacy light green fronds about 18" tall. Hardy at least to Zone 4
$15.00

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Athyrium 'Branford Rambler'

Athyrium 'Branford Rambler'

A lovely stoloniferous cross between A. filix-femina x A. niponicum 'Pictum'. It will form a good size clump in just a few years with mahogany tinged green fronds. The deciduous 18 or so inch fronds are held horizontally, so serve well as a unique warm colored ground cover. If you have a large woodland area you will love Athyrium 'Branford Rambler' Hardy to at least Zone 4
$15.00

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Asplenum platyneuron Ebony Spleenwort

Asplenum platyneuron Ebony Spleenwort

Compact and graceful ferns of exquisite proportion, they lace cliffs with delicate wiry stems set with small leaflets, the easiest Spleenwort.
$8.00

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Adiantum pedatum Maiden Hair Fern

Adiantum pedatum Maiden Hair Fern

One of the most delicate and graceful ferns they increase slowly and seldom need restraint, indeed I can't imagine having too many of them. The fronds magically unfurl atop their shiny black stems to reveal a swirl of unmatched loveliness. A must for every garden, it prefers a little lime but will tolerate a wide range of soils.
$15.00

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