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