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Are you wondering where to buy small ferns for your home or garden? If so, you’re in the right place. We’ve got a vast range of smaller ferns that will stay under three feet in height even when they reach maturity. Even better, we’ve got an excellent selection of smaller ferns to suit every US zone.

Small ferns for your zone
When most gardeners think of ferns, they imagine all ferns require temperate weather and moist conditions. But while many (but not all) ferns prefer wet conditions, they can grow in every USDA hardiness zone represented throughout the US. Yes, you read that right — we have a selection of ferns that will grow well from region three up to area 11. We even have some drought-tolerant ferns that remain under 3 ft at maturity.

Ferns Under 3 Feet are great for the home and garden 

Ferns are incredibly versatile plants. They can grow in moist or dry conditions. Some can grow without soil. Many can grow in the sun or shade. And they can grow in cold climates and warm climates.

Importantly, smaller ferns can be planted in the ground, garden beds and containers. And that makes them perfect for both your garden and your home. Why not create a fern garden with a variety of ferns and moss species in your yard and put greenery on your kitchen bench or in your bathroom as well.

Ferns Under 3 Feet should be picked out according to climate and zone

Pro tip:
Because ferns are so diverse, there is bound to be at least one fern to suit every area of your garden. As a result, we recommend you decide where you want to plant your new greenery and then choose a species or variety based on the conditions in that area.

So if you want to grab a fantastic deal on a fern for a smaller space, our under-3-feet ferns may be small, but they’re big on character. Buy yours today from $5.99.

Hay-Scented Fern - Dennstaedtia punctilobula

The hay-scented fern, also known as the eastern hay-scented fern, is a deciduous fern with fronds growing upwards up 100 centimeters. It is most abundant along the east North American region with individual plants species being observed from Newfoundland to northern Alabama with a significant frequency of species in the Appalachian Mountains. It is named after its delightful "freshly-mowed hay" scent when the fronds are crushed or bruised. This deciduous fern can grow up to two feet in height with an average spread of three to four feet. The fern is most often observed to have light green foliage with leaves changing to a yellow tint in the Fall seasons. Being an invasive species, similar to the New York fern, this species is excellent for homeowners in search of ground cover in their home gardens. This plant thrives in full or partial sun exposure in zones 3-8, making it a relatively hardy species. It is often sought after for its repellent properties against deer, which is favorable for enthusiasts looking to protect their garden habitats. It grows most optimally in slightly acidic soil environments that can be either dry or damp. It is important to maintain distance between this fern and other small, shade-dwelling plants as the hay-scented fern is invasive and can prevent other species from receiving optimal sunlight and thriving. Gardeners favor them for border edging and the naturalization of the garden due to their rapid colonization and excellent ground coverage. They are often found in open regions, such as meadows, rocky slopes, and fields where they display a green, carpet-like appearance among the forest grounds. This fern, in addition to other deciduous and perennial fern species, is appreciated by many garden enthusiasts for their ground covering attributes, as well as repellent adaptations and attractive tapering qualities in the fronds.

Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum)

The Maidenhair Fern is also known as the Walking Fern, and it is in the genus Adiantum. These plants are unique in appearance, with dark almost black stripes along with their bright green feathery and fan-like leaves. This fern usually grows in humus-rich moist soil. However, they can grow in well-drained areas and on rock walls. This is especially true around waterfalls, streams, rivers, and or drainage areas. The Maidenhair Fern is native to North America and Asia. The fern prefers partial shade to full shade and is a low maintenance plant. It is usually between one foot to 2 feet in size and spreads slowly over time. Rhizome division or spores do this in the spring to late fall. There are no significant issues with diseases or insects except that in the summer if there is a high amount of heat, it can start to turn brown. This fern provides a sheltered area for frogs and lizards. Maidenhair has some use as natural medicine. Native Americans used the fern to make tea from the leaves to treat many types of respiratory issues such as sore throats and consumption. In some areas of Latin America and South America, the plant is used to induce menstruation, relieve sore throats, rheumatism, and hair and scalp issues. Another interesting use is to hasten labor during childbirth. This plant is very hardy and makes a great indoor decoration. In landscaping, it can be used as a ground cover if the soil is moist and there is not an overabundance of sunlight. It is also used in garden along paths and walkways. This plant needs to have moisture all year round. Otherwise, it will become dormant. Although Maidenhair is widely abundant, it is under threat in the wild due to loss of habitat due to human activity.

Sword Fern

The Sword Fern is one of the various evergreen plants that can quickly adapt to frost and cold weather in the winter. This plant is a native of the American west coast and can grow in areas as far north as Alaska. It is also able to grow in areas as far south as southern California. A sword fern is very impressive in size as it can grow to almost six feet tall when it is well maintained and adequately planted. In terms of the color of the sword fern, it is an emerald green which stands out among other forms of vegetation. The fronds of the plant are quite long and narrow and form a sword-shaped appearance. Due to this shape and composition, it developed the name as the sword fern.

Along with having a unique appearance, the sword fern is also quite hard and robust. Therefore it can be quite durable. Unlike several other ferns, the sword fern can survive long dry spells. When looking to grow, sword ferns love to be in full and partial shaded areas. They are also best for being in moist and well-drained soils as well. In terms of the ideal climate zones, the sword fern is best suited for eight through eleven. Another great thing about the sword fern is that they can be placed in hanging baskets on porches, patios and other locations with shade. Sword ferns are very popular among florists as they are ideal for being mixed with flowers. The sword fern is perfect for homeowners as they are quite easy to grow and maintain. They provide excellent color for gardens and natural areas.


Climate Zone: 8 to 11


Mature Height: 3 to 6 feet


Mature Width: 2 to 3 feet


Growth/Year: 2 to 4 feet


Sunlight: Prefers partial to full shade


Soil Conditions: Prefers moist, well drained soils


Botanical Name: Osmundastrum cinnamomeum


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Boston fern-Nephorlepsis exalata

The Boston fern is botanically named Nephorlepsis exalata that grows hardy outdoors in zones 9 to 11 though night temperatures should be no lower than 50 degrees. This is a fern that can also be grown indoors but may need to be contained in sized when grown indoors. The fern can grow to about 3 feet in height and 4 feet wide. The Boston fern was introduced for indoor and outdoor use in 1894, becoming popular houseplants because of their visual appeal. The leaves of this fern or fronds are naturally having a ruffled lacy appearance with deep cuts nearly to the middle stem of the leaf. The length of the fronds make the fern fall over the sides of a pot or spread out when planted outdoors. This makes it a plant indoors that can be set up on shelves, a table or large floor pot. When planted outdoors, the fern needs to be watered as it is not drought tolerant and requires well-draining soil that remains moist. In dry climates on hot days the fern should be misted or if in a container outside it may require watering daily. If the outside temperatures are scorching, the Boston fern may need to be watered twice a day. The fern does best when water-soluble fertilizer is used monthly. The plant likes about two hours of direct sunlight and then indirect or partial shade the rest of the time whether planted indoors or outdoors. If the fern is not getting enough sun, the fronds may begin to fall off. This kind of fern is pest resistant to most insects but can be damaged by slugs, and in this case, they should be removed in the morning or evening. The Boston fern propagates by growing spores when it is healthy and mature resulting in new fern runners that appear that can be divided and planted or cut away to keep the plant a specific size.

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