Every landscape has a place for exotic plants native to faraway places. There are many more places for plants native to the local area that are well adapted to local environmental stresses. Native plants are also more resistant to insects and diseases in the local area. Of all native plants, native ferns are highly desirable. Fern plants are available in wide varieties, each bringing its qualities to the landscape. Native ferns are tough and undemanding as long as they have enough shade and moisture. Tall fern plants provide a feathery backdrop for other types of plants. Medium-sized ferns can form a veritable sea of cultivated plants that soften the lines of any landscape where shade is abundant.
Ferns are available in a broad range of types and textures
Ferns with a heavy, coarse texture can stand independently or provide a backdrop for other ferns with delicate, feathery fronds. Delicate, low-growing ferns provide a beautiful complement to flowering plants.
Native ferns are wonderfully versatile and provide interest in the perennial garden. Most ferns barely notice the insects and diseases that can plague other types of plants. Once established, they require very little care.