Shoppers Guide For Larger Fern Choices

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Many people think of ferns as houseplants, but they are also an excellent choice for your landscaping needs. Ferns come in wide varieties and are easy to grow, even if you aren't known for your green thumb. If your yard is shady, there may be spots where grass doesn't increase, and having fern bushes in those areas will allow you to maintain some greenery rather than fight grass that doesn't want to grow. Also, unlike many other plants, ferns tend to be resistant to common pests and plant diseases and are usually left alone by wildlife -- including deer and rabbits.

Parts of Fern Plants

If ferns are a big part of your yard, it is helpful to understand what they are made of. The parts include

  • Roots - Produced from rhizomes that can be either creeping or climbing. Climbers stay in a more confined area, while creepers are more likely to stretch out.
  • Stems -- This is the support structure of the fern and is also referred to as a stipe or stalk. It includes a scaly or hair-like texture and connects the root to the leaves/fronds.
  • Fronds -- The leafy part of the fern is a frond, a leaf made of two parts. It has its stem and triangular blades. The blades are called pinnae. New fronds first emerge as a crozier, which looks like a shepherd hook or as a fiddlehead.

Popular Landscaping Ferns and Where to Plant Them

Just because ferns are easy doesn't mean you don't need to pay attention to where they are planted. Depending on the fern you buy, they may do best in a different part of your yard or garden. Some popular options include

Christmas Fern: This fern is native to the Eastern U.S. and stays green in the winter. It looks similar to the Boston fern houseplant. It grows slowly but is hearty and will last a long time. It grows between 1-2 feet.

Ostrich Fern: This fern is named for the ostrich partly because of its height, as it can quickly grow to six feet. The bright green fronds circle a narrow base and have both brown and green fronds. This fern is even edible and has a flavor similar to asparagus. Ostrich ferns are a great option if you have a sunnier spot for planting. Many other types of ferns do better in the shade.

Glade Fern: The Glade fern is part of the wood fern family. It grows in circular clusters and can grow to about three feet in height. The fronds are bright green and do not give off an aroma. It grows best in rich soil and can be in partial or complete shade and well-drained soil.

Maidenhair Fern: This fern does great next to ponds or water gardens. It grows spores in addition to the wispy green leaves, and they offer a contrasting brown shade that looks great in your yard. This fern is often compared to the Christmas fern, which has a similar look.

Royal Fern: This fern does well in shaded areas and produces beadlike spores in addition to the leaves. It frequently grows between two and three feet, although some get as tall as six feet. Your goal should be to keep moisture in the soil and be carefully prepared before planting.

No matter what kind of ferns you have in your yard, they make a great addition and "play well" with other plants you may choose to include in your landscaping plan.

Native Ferns are Especially Hardy and Versatile In Gardens

Christmas Fern - TN Nursery

Christmas Fern

Christmas ferns are known for their evergreen fronds that stay green throughout the winter, making them a popular choice for holiday decorations. An evergreen plant that offers numerous landscaping benefits. Its elegant appearance, resilience, and adaptability make it a favorite choice for professional landscapers and homeowners alike. One of the key advantages of incorporating it into landscaping is its aesthetic appeal. Add Year-Round Cover With Christmas Fern The fronds of Christmas ferns are distinctive for their lustrous, dark green coloration. The crownless rootstock produces clusters of fronds that can be one to two feet long. Wintertime sees the delicate, light-green leaves changing color from green to golden. They are great for covering uneven terrain since they spread slowly from dormant rhizomes and develop in clusters. These native plants keep their greenery throughout the year to start photosynthesis earlier. The presence of chlorophyll, which indicates the photosynthesis process is underway, is indicated by the color green. These plants do not flower. They are spore-borne rather than gametophytic. However, they boast verdant foliage from April to the first frost; these silvery green baby fronds, known as fiddleheads, emerge in the early spring as new leaves. Protect the Yard From Soil Erosion With Christmas Fern Christmas Ferns keep their fronds in winter; they press down on fallen leaves to hasten their decomposition and provide nutrients to the soil. This goes a long way in protecting the yard against soil erosion. These plants also stop soil erosion by using their roots to bind the soil together. Plus, when planted firmly in the ground, they create thick barriers made of stems that reduce the rate at which water flows through them. Create Natural Landscapes With Christmas Fern A lot of people like to plant it in their yards because of the texture and foliage they provide. They do a great job at creating natural-looking landscapes. The fact that they are hardy enough to survive light snowfall and cold makes them perfect for winter gardening. They can also handle a large range of soil types and flourish in partly shady or entirely shaded locations. Birds, insects, and even small mammals may find food and refuge under them. The dense vegetation provides excellent cover for ground-dwelling species. The plants conceal prey from predators by shading other animals and invertebrates that feed on the ground.

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