Best Ferns to Plant in Sunny Areas
Ferns are a beautiful, tasteful way to fill out a garden. They are great as a groundcover, borders, or even centerpieces! But it can be hard to find heat-hardy ferns that can take even the slightest bit of sunlight!
That’s why we’ve put together our favorite sun-friendly ferns!
With any fern, you will want to ensure that you treat them with love and care and tending to them as recommended. Each fern has its preferences and requirements, but they all tend to prefer well-draining soil and a little shade here and there.
Bracken ferns are lovely for dry areas! They are considered hearty fern, with expansive roots that can dig deep – up to 10 feet in ideal conditions!
These beautiful ferns are a delightful treat, as well. Foragers consider this fern to be a gourmet treat. The young, edible fiddleheads have an asparagus, almond flavor.
Bracken ferns are also one of the most widely spread and oldest ferns, as they are found on every continent except for Antarctica and have fossils dating back over 50 million years!
Don’t let the name fool you! Christmas ferns get their names from their ability to stay beautiful and green all year round! Their glossy, green fronds are surprisingly thick. Their leathery texture makes them a little harder than finer ferns that wilt upon contact.
Christmas ferns are incredibly easy to grow, as they are easy to establish just about anywhere.
While there are very good in warm and even hot weather, it does prefer a little shade to hide behind, and – as with all ferns – it’s essential to keep them well-watered and well-drained!
These are great as a groundcover but can be an excellent accent or border plant, too, especially since this is a clumping fern rather than a ‘carpet’ fern.
These lovely ferns can reach incredible heights, up to 6 feet! And with dynamic colors when both fertile and infertile, they add a dramatic flair to any garden. With a delicate, lacy texture, these tall ladies are undoubtedly beautiful to look at.
Native Americans used cinnamon ferns medicinally to treat everything from rheumatism to chills, colds, and even headaches.
You don’t have to worry about replanting year after year, as cinnamon ferns are perennial.
If you’re planning out your garden (or hoping to add some beautiful pops of life and color to your home), look no further than these three wonderful ferns! They are sure to delight any onlookers, and you may just end up with some tasty snacks along the way!