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Fern Plants Make Excellent Border Plants

Ferns, with their arched elegance, are just perfect for creating a shaded retreat. They provide perfect backdrops for perennials and annuals and serve as perfect borders for defining paths. Some ferns that are excellent border plants include Christmas Ferns, New York Ferns, Hay Scented Ferns, and Ostrich Ferns.

Christmas Ferns

This fern typically grows in a fountain-like clump, up to 2 ft. tall. Its Christmas-green color, along with its glossy, stocking shape pinnae, suggests its name; It provides good winter scenery in the winter and hosts beautiful butterfly larvae in the Spring. It enjoys shade and will not survive in the sun.

New York Ferns

The New York Fern has long, creeping triangular fronds, a long straw-colored stripe, and tan and reddish-brown scales. This fern grows in colonies with hundreds of individual plants that carpet the floor.

Hay Scented Ferns

The fern has lacy, narrow-triangular, yellowish-green, arching to erect leaves. It grows up to 2ft tall and works excellent in woodland areas, cottage gardens, shade gardens, and wild areas. When brushed, bruised, or crushed, the fronds give off a fresh-mowed scent.

Ostrich Ferns

The Ostrich Fern has upright, feathery, arching leaves that resemble ostrich plumes. That is one of the tallest ferns, reaching heights of up to 5 ft., which makes this a perfect fern for borders and backdrops. It reaches its peak during early Spring and stays lush and green p until summer. It makes a lovely ornamental plant, and when planted in groups, it makes a significant impact. This fern is safe to eat, often used in delicacies, and keeps deer and pests away.

Tips for Creating Your Border

  • To make your border appear balanced, use ferns with similar symmetry.
  • When planting giant ferns near a path, be sure to keep them pruned to avoid them overtaking the path.
  • Plant small plants in 2-3 masses to equal the larger plant masses behind them.
  • Do blend colors and textures.
  • Use ground covers between larger plants to fill in gaps.


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