Smitten by Ferns

A. filix-femina 'Frizelliae'

I have been smitten by the charm of ferns my entire life - can't live without them. Ferns are stalwarts in my garden - grow well in the shade, are able to coexist with our huge local deer population and fall into that fantastic category known as low maintenance...... what more could a garden gal ask for.

Once many ferns are established very little care is necessary. As ferns increase in size, many gardeners find that they can dig, divide and replant them to share with other plant lovers. Enjoy the varieties offered at our Plant Sale this year including some of my favorites:

Adiantum pedatum

Maidenhair Fern - A north american native who's description literally means "pedate" as in a bird's foot. Its stems (stipes) are a lovely shade of purple-black and create an alternative shape among ferns within my garden.

Athyrium filix-femina

Polystichum polyblepharum

Lady Fern - Adaptable, easy to grow and an excellent addition to the woodland shade garden. 'Lady In Red' sports deep red stems, known as stipes in fern terms.

A. filix-femina 'Frizelliae'

Tatting Fern - While this fern likes to "sleep in" getting a later start in the growing season, as it's name implies it's frond structure resembles the tatting needlework of past centuries. The beadlike fronds cause the fern to look like a necklace of small green pearls.

Polystichum polyblepharum

Tassel Fern - A fun fern to watch unfurl as it literally bends backwards to open up it's fronds. The epithet ' polyblepharum' means "many eyelashes." New growth is early and typically needs to be sheltered from early spring cold winds.