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Ferns - Utilization of native ferns in landscaping
Ferns can offer a woodsy, upscale or native jungle like appeal to any garden, large or small. If you haven't considered using ferns in your landscaping before, it might be time to think again. These perennial beauties may not have showy flowers, but they offer another dimension to your garden. Here is a look at some of the things that ferns can offer: christmas ferns, hay scented ferns, and ostrich ferns are best fern sellers.
Ground cover: Some ferns, like the hay-scented, will make a nice ground-cover that makes weed control a snap. Look for a fern that grows individual stalks, not clumps to have a consistent cover.
Wildlife: When it comes to wildlife gardens, ferns provide the cover and structure needed for animals like ground-feeding birds and small rodents to be able to safely forage without danger from predators. Ferns like ostrich ferns can offer enough screening to let them explore. If you are creating a wildlife garden, consider food source, safe access for wildlife and structures (low to medium level shrubs) for birds and squirrels to perch on.
Native Plants: Studies have shown that native plants offer more to wildlife, are easier to grow without adding water, fertilizer or other additives, and reduce the risk of damaging adjacent wildlife ecosystems with runaway ornamental plants. Perennial beauties like the christmas fern are considered environmentally smart choices that will increase both your yard's beauty and lower its environmental footprint. Interesting Foliage: After color and height, variability in foliage shape is an excellent way to add beauty to your garden.
The complex leaflet structures in ferns can be simple, sturdy and evergreen dark or compounded to lacy lime-green delicacy. Not sure what would add the most appeal to your garden? Bring pictures to your local nursery and let their professionals offer their thoughts on the best choices for your location, light level, soil and additional plants.