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 also are more resistant to insects and diseases common in the local area. Of all native plants, native ferns are highly desirable. Fern plants are available in wide varieties, each of which brings 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 on their own 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. Ferns are very nearly carefree yet offer a high return in terms of their value in the landscape.