1. SOME FERN FACTS
Ferns were tremendously popular in Victorian times, and many of the British well-to-do had ferneries — shady garden areas devoted to vast fern collections. As modern gardeners become more aware of the value of foliage texture in their landscapes, they are rediscovering the refreshing diversity of hardy ferns. Naturally inhabiting woodland areas, ferns thrive in the shade offered by trees during the heat of summer. They perform best in a moist, well drained soil, high in organic matter. Providing appropriate soil conditions for ferns will reward you with healthy, vigorous plants.
There are numerous kinds of hardy ferns available in garden centers. Many fern species are deciduous, dying back to the ground for winter. Others are evergreen, providing attractive winter foliage in the garden, or brought indoors for cut-flower arrangements.
In Zones 2 through 6 the evergreen types often become more semi-evergreen in habit. Ferns vary in texture and height as well; some forming a low spreading mound, while others create a bold upright clump. With such a range, even the smallest garden can have a woodland feeling by planting a few ferns along with other moist-shade lovers such as Hostas, Primroses and Astilbes.
2. Tips on planting and care
3. Some Hardy Ferns to look for:
Succeeding with Hardy Ferns …
January 6, 2012 By