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Fern Plants can reproduce in two ways: via spores housed in sporangia under their fronds or through the division of rhizomes. These stem structures make up a shallow root system that helps prevent soil erosion in fern habitats. Most ferns thrive in shady and moist areas, such as forests.

They also 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 the best fern sellers.

 

Ground cover

Some, like the hay-scented, will make an excellent 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 forage without danger from predators safely. Ferns like ostrich ferns can offer enough screening to let them explore. If you create a wildlife garden, consider a 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 more comfortable 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 intelligent choices that will increase 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 can be simple, sturdy, and evergreen dark or compounded with 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 decide on the best choices for your location, light level, soil, and additional plants.

 

5 Easiest Ferns For Beginners

Ferns are some of the gorgeous non-flowering woodland plants in North America. Native ferns are plentiful, hardy, and resilient.

 

While some can be rather tricky to grow, here are five choices that are sure to thrive!

 

Christmas Ferns

 

Christmas Ferns are native ferns to North America. They get their name from being hardy, evergreen fern, keeping their green color year-round.

 

Their leaves are shiny and leathery in texture. It is a clumping fern but still can be used as a ground cover. This species of fern is non-invasive.

 

As with all fern varieties, the Christmas Fern must be in a well-draining, shaded area. Too much water and sunlight can cause damage to the plant. It also does not do well in clay-based soils.

 

Be sure to plant in moistened, mostly shaded areas for the best results.

 

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Hay scented ferns get their name from their smell, often compared to freshly cut grass when crushed or dried. This will give it a massive distinction from other ferns, as its look can sometimes be mistaken for the Lady fern.

 

The plant is light in color and fine in texture. These are a bit larger, growing 3-6 feet. Its fronds have a very soft, bushy surface.

 

Like most other ferns, it also prefers moist, sterile soil with bright sun.

 

Ostrich Ferns

 

Ostrich ferns are luscious, sprawling ferns that get their name likely from the resemblance of ostrich tail feathers.

 

Ostrich ferns grow very well in areas that are heavily shaded and damp. This will give you an option for planting beautiful woodland greenery where nothing else seems to thrive.

 

They grow 3 to 6 feet high and equally around. They are considered fiddlehead ferns due to their shape.

 

They are fabulous for using as shade for other plants once they reach a more mature state.

 

Cinnamon Ferns

 

These native ferns are whole, beautiful plants. They grow in much wetter conditions apart from certain other woodland-based ferns.

 

Cinnamon ferns do very well in bogs and other wetland areas. Birds use their fronds for nest building due to their texture.

 

These ferns are perfect for little pond areas in your flowerbeds or by a stream in your yard.

 

New York Ferns

 

New York ferns are soft and are yellowish-green in color.

 

They form very thick ground covers, and their production can be rapid, so be sure not to let these become invasive.

 

It is recommended to separate if they become too overgrown.

 

They do very well in moist soils and mostly shaded environments.

 

Pick a Fern

 

Ferns are an easily manageable, beautiful addition to any yard or garden space.

 

Depending on the placement area, you can have a few in shaded flowerbeds or a few by a flowing streambed.

 

Add a natural forest feel to your home!

 

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Top 5 Native Fern Varieties 

While landscaping, you may want to go for a nice natural look. The best way to do this is by using native plants. They typically require less care than trying to make non-native plants survive in an alternate environment. Try these five native fern plants to liven up your space. 

 

Christmas Ferns

Christmas Ferns are evergreens that are native to the eastern half of North America. These plants are easy to cultivate and remain green through most or all of the winter, which makes them popular to gardeners and beginners alike looking for a way to brighten up their lawn. 

 

New York Ferns

New York Ferns naturally spread around many of the US but are primarily found in the Atlantic Northeast. These perennials often spread into large colonies and grow best in wetland environments. Each plant usually has about three fronds holding leaves that may grow over two feet in length. 

 

Ostrich Ferns

Ostrich ferns thrive in the cold north and can resist heavy flooding. The leaves grow vertically in a circle which makes many think the plant looks like a crown. Leaves lose their color in the summer months making this an excellent choice for colder climates with long winters. 

 

Cinnamon Ferns

Cinnamon Ferns can stand up to almost five feet at their full height. Each plant only has one cinnamon-colored frond, but they colonize quickly in swampy areas. Some native Americans even used these ferns as a source of food or medicine. This is one of the oldest fern species, with discoveries suggesting that it's been around for as long as 180 million years. 

 

Hay Scented Ferns

 Hay Scented Ferns are best cultivated in areas with dry to damp soil. When crushed, these ferns create a strong hay-like aroma, where the plant's name comes from. These ferns usually stand about three feet tall.