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Ferns are well known for their bright green colors and feathery fronds

 Fern Plants are used in many upscale landscaping projects. They are perfect when planted as border plants or in shady areas in landscaping. They originate from the dark wooded habitat communities all over the world and are adaptable in many different soils.  From small to average, they are a great addition to any landscape. Many gardeners think of them as small, delicate additions to the home garden, however this is not the case. They come in many varieties, some reaching nearly six feet in height. Whether you're looking for an attractive ground cover or a crown jewel, a fern just may fit the bill.

Ferns Loves Shady Areas Where They Originate From

 Most do best in well-shaded gardens with moist soil, however there are some species that thrive in hot climates, direct sun, and can even take frost. If shade is needed, plant in a shaded garden, or by place your fern under taller plants. If your soil is not naturally well-draining, consider some amendments. Leaf litter compost and peat moss both create the damp, humus-enriched soil ferns love.

Do you want a naturally spreading fern to mimic a forest floor? Consider species such as the lacy, delicate Adiantum venustum, the Himalayan Maidenhair fern, or the Oak fern, Gymnocarpium dryopteris. These plants are naturally spreading and will cover the garden floor. Ground cover gives a lush green appearance, and is also a natural way to help keep your garden soil moist. As a showcase plant, consider colorful species such as the Japanese Painted fern Athyrium niponicum var. 'Pictum', whose leaves are often a silvery green with red highlights. The fronds of the attractive Dryopteris erythrosora, or Shield fern, start out as bright red-orange or pink before turning to a glossy green. These dramatic plants draw the eye, and hold their own in both formal and casual landscape plans.




Ferns do best when planted in the growing season, typically between April and October. Give them plenty of time to acclimate before winter and you'll be treated to many years of their graceful beauty

Christmas fern is an evergreen fern with an average height of 28-32 inches. It's also an evergreen type fern that stays green year round. Sometimes the climates under a zone 4 will make the evergreen not keep it's leaves in harsh winter months. But the foliage will return the following spring. They do best in swampy wet shaded areas. The cinnamon fern is a large fern with a spread of 32-40 inches and a maximum height of around 3.5 feet. It's the largest of most native fern plants and it's a gardeners favorite in shaded flower gardens as a border plant. They also work well in the cleaning of stagnant water near swamps keep down bug and misquitoes. Lady fern is a delicate choice and it's light green foliage makes it an overall good plant to use in flower gardens. The brillianticity gives the blooming flowers an excellent backdrop.



Ferns are good to use in natural areas and as ground covers.  They will add lots of bright green color to gardens and other dim areas on a lawn.  They work well also in areas that do not receive a lot of sunlight.


Ferns are versatile plants. They do great in shaded areas under trees and in natural areas that will not receive a lot of sunlight to the area.  There are a lot of varieties of ferns that look gorgeous when grown and will give a very natural look to areas on a lawn or in a garden.


Ferns are also great to use around decks and patios as they can bring life.  The Boston Fern is the most popular for porches and patios. Ferns can be added for that special touch. Ferns need light water to keep them healthy during the hot months of the year.  The Boston Fern will look amazing and will give a peaceful look to all porches and patios.   The Chain Fern and Painted Fern will also bring color and gorgeous green color that they will provide.


A very unusual fern is the Fiddlehead Fern.  It will have long gorgeous green leaves and will produce a stem that will resemble the head of a fiddle.  It will be gorgeous and will be unique looking when grown.  Ferns add beauty and to cover those terrible bare spots under trees.  It will usually be moist and shady under trees and will give ferns the ideal place to grow and thrive.


There are some ferns that will grow to be tall.  The Cinnamon Fern can grow to be 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide.  These ferns are great to plant around water gardens and other bodies of water. Ferns can help control mosquitoes and gnats that come with standing water.  The grow well in fully shaded areas but can also do good when the area has partial shade.


There are many varieties of ferns. Soil conditions and sunlight conditions do need to be taken into consideration when looking for ferns. Ferns need climate zones 3-9 to adapt well.