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Ferns for Zone 3 need very damp, fertile soil
The Japanese Painted Fern is a perennial that is quite elegant and perfect for gardens. The Japanese Painted Fern gets its name because of its beautiful silver and burgundy markings. This fern also comes in the Lady Fern variety which is equally pretty but not quite as marked as the Painted variety. It is a perfect way to add a little oomph and texture to the shady spots in your yard or garden. The Lady Fern is very closely related, so they are sometimes crossed and make a beautiful hybrid. While the typical fern needs a very damp, fertile soil, this variety of greenery will tolerate a dry land as it is a very hardy variety of fern. But, they do love a rich, damp soil as much as the next fern. They can tolerate some sun, too, unlike many fern varieties, but they will need ample water in any condition. Use it to landscape containers, flower beds, borders around your yard or garden, or just as a ground cover.
The Japanese Painted Fern is a fern that is very easy to grow.
Ferns for Zone 3 are very easy to grow in the shade
Spreading Wood Fern
Spreading Wood Fern is beautiful, easy to grow addition to the shady parts of a yard or garden. This easy to grow plant is a native species of the woodlands of North America, Europe, and Asia, where it builds on the forest floor along stream banks, in rotting wood and the cracks of rocks. It has a stout, woody base that expands into long creeping fronds.
Ferns for Zone 3 need very little sunlight
The plant opens gracefully with a ruffled look and has triangular to oblong leaves. It provides beautiful lacy ground cover in the shady and moist parts of the yard and garden. Giving color in winter, it can stay green longer through harsher winters than other fern varieties. It requires moist, well-drained soil and partial to full shade. This plant also goes by the names Northern Wood Fern, Arching Wood Fern, Spiny Wood Fern, and Crested Wood Fern.