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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern

The Ostrich Fern is a large, deciduous fern with graceful, feathery fronds that resemble ostrich plumes. It is commonly found in moist woodland areas and is prized for its ornamental value. The plant is a magnificent and beneficial plant with several advantages in landscaping projects. The Tall and Lovely Ostrich Fern Ostrich Fern is an attractive dimorphic plant that gardeners use all year round to beautify their patches. In its nonfertile state, the plant grows to a height of 6 feet, the gorgeous fronds resembling plumes, hence the plant's name. In its fertile state, which occurs in the fall and early winter, it is much smaller. However, The shape is attractive, so it still provides pleasing shapes in a garden, even if that shape changes. The Different Phases of Ostrich Fern When nonfebrile, it is a rich, almost Kelly green, the arching fronds swooshing enticingly in the breeze. It contrasts with other blooming plants and serves as a color anchor in a garden of flowers. They're hardy, too, so you can plant them nearly anywhere to beautify a particular place. Although they aren't green and sweeping in the winter, they're still attractive as they survive the cold and snow while the perennials sleep until spring. First, Ostrich Fern's extensive root system is an excellent soil stabilizer, and the other plants in the garden will benefit thereby because its roots prevent erosion and nutrient loss in the soil. Second, they are a boon to various garden-dwelling wildlife. Several species of butterflies and beneficial insects rely on plants like it for shelter and as a place for egg laying and pupae maturation. Perhaps best of all, although fiddleheads are a delicacy for people when cooked, animals don't like their taste. So, you won't have to worry about rabbits, deer, and other woodland creatures venturing into the garden for a snack. The Serenity Of Ostrich Fern Feng shui practitioners rely on it to bring harmony to a dwelling and the adjacent garden. The way it morphs back into a verdant, thriving plant after being so much smaller throughout the winter also indicates a symbolism of new beginnings.

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Christmas Fern

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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Fiddlehead Fern

Fiddlehead Fern

Fiddlehead ferns are tightly coiled shoots resembling the scroll of a violin and are often used as a culinary delicacy. Their young, coiled fronds, such as the Ostrich type (Matteuccia struthiopteris), offer several benefits when landscaping projects. These unique and visually appealing plants have been admired for their charming appearance and practical uses in outdoor spaces. Fiddlehead Fern is native to North America, northern Asia, and Europe. In North America, they are most commonly found in Eastern Canada, southern Alaska, and from Maine to Illinois. Matteuccia Struthiopteris gets its name from the crowns it develops in the spring. These crowns or fonds tend to resemble the heads of violins or feathers. The Looks Of Fiddlehead Fern It is famous for its vase shape and tall curled fonds. On average, gardeners can expect them to grow between three and four feet tall and one foot wide. However, once well established, they can grow up to six feet tall and have a width of up to eight feet. They are found naturally in wooded areas that have rivers or streams. It is considered a deciduous perennial that grows upright. They don't develop flowers. Instead, the leaves are bright to medium green. The plant grows its fiddleheads in the spring, and they can reach heights of one and a half feet tall. Where to Plant Fiddlehead Fern in Your Garden They grow well in areas that lack full sun. Gardeners can enjoy planting them in shade gardens, along walls, and around trees and tall shrubs. When they develop their spore-bearing fronds in the summer, gardeners can dry them and use them in flower bouquets or arrangements in vases. It covers frogs and birds, especially robins, wrens, and wood thrushes, which tend to forage in them. These may also attract turtles, butterflies, and bees. Fiddlehead Ferns Companion Plants It grows well next to green ash, Virginia bluebells, wild ginger, swamp buttercup, common elderberry, golden Alexander, and wild blue phlox. It can also be planted under or near the American elm and silver maple tree. It makes beautiful additions to shade gardens and helps fill empty spaces under trees and around shrubs. It also has around water features in any area resembling its natural habitats.

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Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon Fern

The Cinnamon Fern is a large deciduous plant characterized by its distinctive, brown-colored fertile fronds standing upright in the center. It is captivating and versatile and has numerous landscaping benefits. This plant, native to eastern North America, has become famous for gardeners and landscapers due to its aesthetic appeal, adaptability, and environmental contributions. Cinnamon Fern grows to a height of 6 feet and spreads about 4 feet on its black stalks. The unfurled pinnae are Kelly green on top, while the fronds in the center of the plant, which give it its name, are dark brown and resemble sticks of cinnamon because they grow straight up. Cinnamon Fern In The Springtime Early in the spring, the central fronds that turn brown later start life as silver-colored fiddleheads. They're covered in fur, too, charmingly "shaking off the cold of winter." The broad fronds on the stalks form a cute rosette around the central stalks. The silver fiddleheads match well with Fescue or Brunner. Those fiddleheads appear early in the year when the top of the plant is clumped together in a cute bundle. As the Cinnamon Fern Opens When the fiddleheads are ready to open, their silver hair turns brown and clings to the base of the pinnae as they expand to their full glory. The large, broad pinnae on 3-foot fronds is the sterile variety. In the center of the plant, the brown-colored fronds with much smaller pinnae are the fertile fronds. The plant's attractiveness comes from the contrast between the two frond types. Secondarily, the contrast between the expanded fronds and any nearby silver flowers they used to match is equally striking. When it comes to the sterile fronds, they can hold almost two dozen pinnae that taper gently in size from large to small, creating a shape that nearly resembles a palm frond made up of pinnae. The Sporangia Of The Cinnamon Fern This plant doesn't have sori. Instead, it has sporangia that surround the stalk of the fertile frond. These turn brown as they open and give the plant its name. Up close, they're made up of tiny dots that wrap around the stalk in delicate, beautiful shapes. From the time the plants peek through until the fiddleheads unfurl, it is about a week during the spring. During this time, you can see the shape of the pinnae and fronds develop and become full members of the garden for that year. Cinnamon Fern makes an attractive, striking, and attention-grabbing entry in any garden, and because they're perennial, they'll be back every year to be a lovely garden anchor.

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Lady Fern

Lady Fern

The Lady Fern is a delicate, feathery-textured fern with finely divided, lacy fronds often found in moist, shaded woodland environments. It is a graceful and versatile fern species that offers a range of benefits when incorporated into landscaping designs. The fern's delicate fronds, adaptability, and aesthetic contributions make it a sought-after choice for enhancing outdoor spaces. The Lady Fern Can Get 5 Feet Tall Lady Fern, scientifically known as Athyrium filix-femina, is a natural perennial that can reach a height of five feet. Their large, lacy leaves are a brilliant green, each growing as wide as a foot. The leaves are a verdant green as the summer progresses, but they turn a golden yellow as winter approaches. The stems of the fronds might be green, purple, or red. As the temperature decreases in the autumn, the leaves fall off; they always grow back in the spring. A cluster of these plants will form around the original plant as they spread out from a core base. They are more tolerant of dry soils than other plants and can even handle partial sunshine in damp soil. Lady Fern Helps Fight Soil Erosion  The rhizome root systems of Lady Fern plants play a significant role in soil stabilization. You can use the fronds that fall from them as mulch. These plants also enhance soil erosion prevention through their dense plant cover and unique slope adaptation. Because of their fibrous root systems and thick, verdant foliage, they are great for creating homes for animals in their native environments. Many small animals, like beetles and spiders, find cover and a place to lay their eggs among the complex fronds while the plant protects them from danger. Birds and other animals, including amphibians and reptiles, feed on the plant's decaying matter, fungi, and other organic material in the soil and leaf litter for sustenance. The Lady Fern Has Been Around For Millions Of Years  They have been around for a long time in American woods, but they've just lately become popular as landscaping plants. They work excellently as garden borders, which helps keep certain animals away. With their somewhat tall stature, they are also perfect for layering borders in the garden. They provide a lovely low-front or mid-height addition when planted toward the front or center of the border, respectively.

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Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern

The Maidenhair Fern is a delicate, deciduous plant with finely divided, fan-shaped fronds and distinctive black stems, adding an elegant touch to shaded gardens and moist woodlands. It is an aesthetically pleasing plant that offers a range of benefits when used in landscaping. Its unique characteristics and visual appeal make it famous for outdoor and indoor spaces.  The Maidenhair is prized for its delicate leaves and long lifespan. The scientific name is Adiantum SPP, and it's part of 250 species of these plants, including the Northern, Delta, and Southern Maidenhair ferns. The Greek part of the plant's official name means unwetted, and it gets that name from its ability to shed water without getting damp. These plants are native to the Himalayas, East Asia, and the eastern part of North America. Maidenhair Fern's Leaves  Adiantum spp are prized for their fan-shaped leaves. They are known to make excellent houseplants and usually grow between one and two feet tall and the same width. Their stems are wiry black, while the leaves are bright green. Gardeners can expect them to reach their full height in three years, and with proper care, they can live up to 15 years. Maidenhair Fern Grows Well In Pots  Adiantum SPP grows well in pots, containers, and terrariums and can be replanted as it outgrows its container. It also makes great container plants and can be planted in shade gardens and hosta gardens. The Adiantum SPP is known for its air purification qualities. The leaves draw in airborne toxins and are used as nutrients, helping them clean the air wherever they are planted. They also release moisture, which can help combat dry indoor air. When the Adiantum SPP is grown outdoors, it can help stabilize loose soil and cover wildlife, including frogs, lizards, and birds. Birds will sometimes use the dried frons to line their nests. Companion Plants For Maidenhair Fern  The Adiantum SPP can be grown with other flowers and ferns, including the strawberry begonia, coral bells, ginger, woodland geraniums, bloodroot, hostas, hellebores, and pulmonarias. Gardeners can enjoy the calmness of Maidenhair Ferns indoors and outdoors. They make excellent potted plants and look wonderful around water features and along hillsides. They can also be combined with other ferns and flowers to create eye-catching garden beds.

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Bracken Fern

Bracken Fern

Bracken Fern, or Pteridium aquilinum, is a captivating and ubiquitous fern species that thrives in a wide range of habitats across the globe. This perennial plant, which belongs to the Dennstaedtiaceae family, is a prime example of nature's adaptability and resilience.; Bracken Fern Has Silvery Hair Brown stems covered with silvery gray hair are characteristic of them. Their typical flowering time is in early spring. Their compound leaves are twice as numerous as their triangular leaves. These leaves can be two to four feet long and up to three feet wide. An intricate whorl of three leaves forms at the very base of the stem. Spores grow on the leaves ' underside, starting in the middle to the end of June and continuing into late summer. The fronds will grow again after the first heavy frost in the spring. By the end of summer, the fronds begin to change color, going from brown to a beautiful copper or gold that complements any vivid fall foliage. The thick canopies they create keep the soil wet, making a humid microclimate home to many plants and animals. They are also essential to the habitat's biodiversity since they provide food for some animals, like rabbits. They are perfect for building nests because they have many fibrous fronds, which many birds and small animals use. Create Beautiful Edges and Borders With Bracken Fern Bracken Fern provides a gentle and realistic border that goes well with garden settings. They are great for adding winter beauty to garden borders because of their evergreen leaves. They are a good option for garden borders in regions prone to deer since they are usually resistant to deer grazing. Bracken Fern Makes Soil Healthy  By decomposing leaf litter, Bracken Fern improves soil structure, increases microbial activity, and supplies organic matter to the soil, making it healthier. The fibrous roots of these plants improve drainage and lessen soil compaction by aerating the soil. They also help with nutrient cycling by absorbing and releasing nutrients, stabilizing soil, and preventing erosion.

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Royal Fern

Royal Fern

The Royal Fern is a large, striking fern with feathery fronds and a distinctive crown of fertile fronds. It is typically found in wetland habitats and is appreciated for its ornamental appeal in gardens. The Royal Fern is distinctive from other plants in the class because of its notable size. Specifically, this is one of the largest that grows outside of tropical zones in the United States. Also known as the osmunda regalis, the plant thrives in areas of the yard that are moist, including both shady and partially shady spots. Why should you include it in your landscaping plans? The Appearance Of Royal Fern The plant is appropriately named because it can grow up to six feet tall, and its size at maturity often makes it a solid focal point in yards. The fronds can be as comprehensive as 16 inches and feature up to nine pinna pairs, each with up to 13 pinnules. These qualities, combined with the healthy green color and the point shape of the fronts, add a rich texture to your yard that elevates aesthetics. The Wildlife Attraction and Tolerance Of Royal Fern While some wildlife is welcome in your yard, others can cause considerable damage and should be deterred. The potential damage from foragers like deer and rabbits is deterred as these animals do not use this plant for food. However, turtles, birds, and frogs, which generally do not cause damage, often seek shelter in their bushy leaves. Royal Fern is Pest Resistant While hungry insects often feed on various types of plants, it is well-known for repelling them. Specifically, the recognizable leaves have particular proteins that repel many kinds of insects. Any insects that do find their way to these plants often become food for the birds and other animals that live under the fronds for protection from the elements and their natural predators. When Royal Ferns are planted three feet apart, as recommended, there is little concern about them outgrowing their allocated space. The plants grow only a few inches yearly and do not need to be cut back to prevent overgrowth. As a result, it takes many years for the plant to reach its full size, and minimal care of this low-maintenance plant is required.

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Hay Scented Fern

Hay Scented Fern

The Hay-Scented Fern is a deciduous fern known for its delicate, finely divided fronds and a distinctive fragrance reminiscent of freshly mown hay when crushed, commonly found in woodland areas. It is a versatile and attractive plant with numerous landscaping benefits. This deciduous plant is native to North America and can be valuable to garden designs, incorporating texture, ground cover, and visual interest. Hay-Scented Fern Characteristics and Usage  The Hay Scented Fern offers gardeners and landscapers a convenient way to provide green ground coverage to any outdoor area. The fronds have a striking appearance due to their intricate leaflets. They also give off a unique scent, which is how they get their name. If you want to plant these intriguing plants in your yard or garden, read on as we tell you what you need to know about them.  Aesthetics Of This native Fern  The short answer is yes. The fronds of the Hay Scented Fern have individually cut leaflets that grow opposite each other. The subleaflets mimic the frond's appearance, resulting in a very intricate design and a microcosm of the plant as a whole. The color of the fronds is a verdant green in the spring and summer, giving way to a golden yellow in the fall - evocative of the colors that we commonly associate with that time of year. So, the Hay-Scented Fern will naturally keep up with the motifs of the changing seasons. The fronds of the Hay-Scented Fern are unique because they grow straight up from the underground rhizome (the stem). The fronds spread over spring and summer to cover the soil below. Hay-scented fern fronds can grow about a foot wide and up to four feet tall They have a blade-like shape that tapers to a fine point. Even at the very tip of the fronds, you can still see tiny leaflets mimicking the overall shape of the leaves. This makes them very intricate plants that evoke awe and wonder at nature's designs, whether you are looking at them up close or from afar. The fern adds a lush, forest-like aesthetic to outdoor areas. It is found in wooded areas in North America and has been added to many landscapes to affect the calm, serene aesthetic of dewy forest with dense undergrowth. Of course, the Hay Scented Fern offers gardeners an easy way to add a touch of green to brown or drab landscape areas. They work exceptionally well as edgers around hardscapes and can be used to replace grass where it may be challenging to grow. Love To Smell Fresh Cut Hay? Hay Scented Ferns Has This Summer Aroma  The beauty of the Hay-Scented Fern does not end with its visual qualities. It entices the sense of smell as well. When the fronds are rubbed, pressed, or otherwise disturbed, they give off a distinct scent of freshly cut hay. The aroma is evocative of the smells we associate with the summer months and adds an immersive element to your yard or garden.  What Does Hay-Scented Fern Offer?  It's clear that the Hay Scented Fern is a beautiful plant, but are there any practical benefits to growing it? Indeed, and here are just a few advantages: They Provide A Habitat for Wildlife - The Hay-Scented Fern provides good cover for small, ground-dwelling animals. So, if you want to make your property a sanctuary for various wildlife, this fern will provide immediate appeal. The spores on the underside of the fronds are also food for certain insects that help enrich the soil.  They Prevent Soil Erosion- This is a deciduous type of fern, which means it sheds its fronds every year only to grow new ones in the spring. This helps to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion from overdrying. The roots of the fern can also help bind the soil. They Are A Native Fern-As a fern native to North America, the hay-scented fern is easy to grow and maintain and helps purify the soil.  Other ferns like this also help remove toxins from the soil and even purify the air. They Keep Away Deer - If you are having trouble with deer damaging your plants, the Hay-Scented Fern can deter them. Lining the edge of your lawn or garden with Hay-Scented Fern can help keep deer away as they are not attracted to this type of plant. Hay-Scented Fern Frequently Asked Questions  Now let's cover some important topics about this fern and how to take care of them:  What is the Hay-Scented Fern Used for?  In suburban gardens, the Hay-Scented Fern is often used as groundcover and to provide some greenery to a landscape. In more rural areas, Hay-Scented Ferns can repel deer and other small, problematic critters.  How Big Do Hay-Scented Ferns Grow? The fronds of the Hay Scented Fern can stretch to about a foot wide. The plant can reach a height between one and four feet at maturity. Their size makes them an excellent choice for small garden areas. And if you have a large area you need to cover, they can spread quickly if you have ample shade. Do Hay-Scented Ferns Like Sun or Shade? The light requirements for Hay Scented Ferns are shaded to partially shaded areas. They also like acidic, moist soil that drains well.  How Do You Plant Hay-Scented Ferns? It's best to plant these ferns in the spring. The hole should be the depth of the rootball itself and twice as wide. The crown should be about ½" below the surface of the soil. Add compost to enrich the soil and help the Hay-Scented Fern grow properly. When Should I Prune Hay-Scented Ferns? Pruning is necessary for these ferns unless fronds or leaflets are yellowing or dying before the season. To prune, cut back the fronds down to the soil line. Any pruning should be done in the early spring after all growth has ceased. Easy and Fun Planting The prime fern specimens we sell here at TN Nursery will have you growing beautiful green plants in no time. Plus, we offer grower direct pricing so you can beautify your garden affordably. Enjoy the beauty and practical benefits of ferns by placing an order today Hay-Scented Fern Smells Like Fresh Hay That's Just Been Harvested Hay Scented Fern Dennstaedtia punctiloba, a deciduous fern, has the aroma of freshly cut hay when crushed. Up to two feet (60 cm) tall, they may extend to three or four feet (0.9-1.2 m) broad. The rhizomes of this fern, which are underground stems, are responsible for the fern's singular growth. The fronds of the hay-scented fern become a delicate yellow in the autumn. This ground cover's long lifespan is a great asset, and it's a hardy native favorite that cleans toxins from the air and the soil.  These ferns form dense clumps and are known to keep deer away. Hay-scented ferns may be found from Newfoundland to Alabama, although the eastern states of North America have the greatest concentration. U.S.D.A. climatic zones 3-8 are home to hay-scented ferns.  Forest floors are carpeted with a lush green carpet of moss and ferns. Meadows, farms, and cliffs are other typical habitats for these plants.  How to Grow a Hay-scented Fern in Your Garden Hay-scented ferns are very simple to grow since they are resilient and quickly establish themselves in the garden. A well-drained region is ideal for these ferns. Add some compost to your soil if it's lacking in nutrients. To keep the ferns from interfering with one other, you should plant them approximately 18 inches (45 centimeters) apart.  Slightly acidic soil is ideal for these ferns, which thrive in partial shade. They will not seem as lush and vibrant when grown in a whole light. Ferns in a Haystack The hay-scented fern are challenging to control once it has taken root and spread. Pulling off part of the spring growth will curb the spread of these stubborn plants if your garden needs it. Caring for a hay-scented fern does take little energy. Fish emulsion fertilizer may be used to restore the color of your ferns if they begin to fade. It has been reported that these ferns may last for a decade. Uses of Hay-Scented Ferns Wildlife Significance of Hay-Scented Ferns The Hay-Scented Fern's environmental significance to animals is pretty poor. Like other ferns, it does not constitute a significant food source; however, a few insects allegedly feed on the spore-bearing fronds. You may use them as a border-edging ground cover and naturalize your landscape with them This hardy fern favorite is native to open woodlands. Its natural elegance can enhance any space, whether it's growing in a pot, adding charm to gardens, or providing flawless ground cover. Decorative Attributes of Hay Scented Fern Also known as dennstaedtia punctilobula, this classy and stylish greenery is both functional and decorative in a laid-back way. The plant has narrow fronds that create bright green leaves throughout the spring and summer. In fall, the fronds turn golden yellow to display a stunning seasonal color. These plants provide superior ground cover, and because of their decorative qualities, the fragrant ferns can add texture and splashes of bright greenery to shade gardens. The greenery also makes a unique and striking border for garden beds. Scented types exude an aroma of freshly cut hay in the late summer, which is how this plant got its name. The wonderful aroma smells like summer itself, with the fragrance of freshly mowed lawns hanging sweetly in the warm air. When the stems are disturbed or broken, they release a fresh, summery fragrance. Perhaps because of this scent, the plant repels rabbits and deer, which many gardeners appreciate. Because these deciduous plants lose their leaves in late fall and early winter, they produce fresh growth throughout the spring and summer because they are shade perennials. Hay Scented Fern Reaches 2 feet in height at maturity Unlike many other species, Hay Scented Fern has individual fronds that grow almost straight up from an underground stem called a rhizome. Plants can be up to two feet tall and four feet wide. The feathery, finely textured fronds are appreciated for their lush and abundant appearance. After emerging from the creeping underground stems, the fronds spread slowly, forming clusters of bright green carpeting over the ground. Abundant little leaflets give the fronds their lush, feathery appeal. Hay Scented Fern Has Unique Foliage  The small leaflets have finely serrated margins and pointy, lance-shaped tips positioned alternately along the length of the stem. The fronds provide a stunning explosion of vibrant green foliage, making a spectacular backdrop for any surrounding landscape.

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Walking Fern

Walking Fern

The walking fern is a small, trailing perennial known for its unique ability to reproduce by growing new plantlets at the tips of its fronds, giving it the appearance of "walking" across the forest floor.  These fascinating and unique plants can bring natural beauty and intrigue to any landscape. These attributes make them highly desirable for landscaping projects in wild and cultivated settings. Here are some critical characteristics that make them excellent additions to any landscaping endeavor.  Walking Fern, or Asplenium rhizophyllum, are low-lying perennial evergreens and typically relatively small. They're also an opportunistic plant, meaning they'll grow on fallen tree trunks, rocks, or land. As long as there's some moisture nearby, they're good to go. The Frond Blades Of Walking Fern They have smooth, narrow, and elongated dark green blades. Each frond blade is shaped like a triangle and comes to a tiny tip. Because of this, the bulk of this plant comprises the bottom portion of each one. Furthermore, you'll notice that this unique evergreen has eared lobes on both sides. As mentioned, they take any opportunity to grow and run with it! Essentially, wherever its parent touches the ground is where they'll call their home. From there, these evergreens appear to be trekking across the ground, hence their name. The Lifecycle Of The Walking Fern Although their root tips are where each new seedling comes from, the entire process is a bit more complex. The form that most people see is only one of a two-part cycle. Water is an essential component of making new life. Without it, the gametes cannot fertilize the eggs. Fortunately, this is something other than something to worry about as they naturally grow in mossy, watery areas. Walking Fern Multiples Quickly  You can plant Walking Fern in various places, but looking for a mossy area in the shade is best. Either way, sit back and watch out once they've been planted! One plant will turn into two quite quickly, which will then propagate further and further. It's possible to purchase one of these evergreens and end up with at least a handful. Their reproduction rate and method make them a favorite of people who usually have difficulty growing things. They provide a very appealing look for a natural lawn, and you won't have to do much to ensure they survive and thrive.

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New York Fern

New York Fern

The New York Fern is a native, deciduous species with delicate, lacy fronds and a distinctive appearance, commonly found in Eastern North American woodlands. These medium-sized ferns offer a delightful display of yellow-green fronds that carpet the forest floor. The fern has a delicate blade shape with a triangular leaf structure. The plant's blade is most comprehensive in the middle and tapers sharply at both ends. The New York Fern is a type of plant that grows well throughout the eastern part of North America, and it's found in large numbers throughout New York. This perennial is what you need to fill specific spaces in your yard that would benefit from greenery but might not be as friendly towards some of the flowers that currently occupy your space. Let's see why this plant might fit your current landscape well. New York Fern Reduces Soil Erosion and Weed Growth The fern is typically used as ground cover in areas where grass and other plants don't do as well. As a result, filling these spaces comes with some benefits. First, this plant takes root to prevent soil erosion in areas where soil isn't being kept in place by root systems. As an added benefit, the growth of this lush green plant throughout your yard makes it difficult for weeds to take root, preventing unwanted weed growth. New York Ferns Absorbs Airborne Pollutants These plants are adept at capturing pollutants from the air, making it easier for you to breathe and enjoy your outdoor space. If you're constantly bothered by dust or pollen, consider adding this plant to your landscape and others known to improve air quality. Add Bio-Diversity To Your Garden With The New York Ferns Biodiversity is essential on any property, and you'll find that this plant is a friend to local wildlife. For example, this ground cover is known to serve as an excellent cover for certain animals like toads. The better news? It's not a plant typically sought after by larger animals like deer, which means it will cover other animals until the cold weather comes in. New York Fern is a fast-growing plant that will quickly establish itself in your space, and trailing rhizomes will constantly be shooting up additional fronds that provide an even thicker look to your space. If you're looking for something hard to ruin and will start thriving in specific spaces almost immediately, this is the ground cover to go with.

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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern is a deciduous species typically found in moist woodlands and meadows. It is characterized by its distinctive pinnate fronds and preference for limestone-rich soils. This captivating and versatile plant offers many benefits when utilized in landscaping projects. With its unique characteristics and striking appearance, this fern can contribute to various outdoor spaces' aesthetic appeal and ecological balance. Vibrant, feathery leaves are the most attractive feature of this verdant plant. It typically grows in a clearing or meadow, but it will happily take root in your yard if you plant it in the correct location. Thanks to its hardiness, you can enjoy having this plant’s lovely colors for a large portion of the year. It can survive during the winter, so you won’t have to replant it each spring. Ostrich Fern's Characteristics Scientists know this plant as the Diplazium pycnocarpon. It grows using creeping rhizomes, so it can quickly fill a garden bed once it is established. Because of this, gardeners commonly use it as a background plant. It can be put in the back of your bed to create a backdrop for more colorful flowers. Using Ostrich Fern For Native Gardens In recent years, native landscaping techniques have become a popular trend nationwide. Because this plant is native to the United States, it will grow in various locations. Ideally suited for the shade, it produces graceful arches and tall fronds. Other than native plant gardens, it is also famous for woodland gardens. The Stunning Fronds Of Ostrich Fern The most significant selling point of Ostrich Fern is its fronds. Once the plant reaches full size, the fronds resemble gigantic feathers. When grown in an area with enough shade, these fronds develop a lovely, light green color. These fronds can grow up to 4 feet tall. After they reach maturity in the summer, they are typically taller than an average child. Because of their vivid color, Ostrich Ferns are popular in professional and personal landscape designs. The leaves grow in bilateral rows on either side of the frond. When it is time to reproduce, some of the fronds produce spores. It can also reproduce by sending out stolons underneath the ground. Each frond grows in a bunch known as a colony, typically including about five to six fronds. While this stunning plant loves growing near ponds, lakes, and rivers, it can also enjoy growing in your garden.

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Sensitive Fern

Sensitive Fern

The Sensitive Fern is a hardy, deciduous plant with finely dissected fronds that curl up when touched or exposed to frost. This makes it a unique and exciting addition to damp woodland gardens. This fern is a beloved plant that gets its name due to its sensitive nature, preferring specific environments that are mostly warm and humid. But despite its name, it's one that you should pay attention to if you live in a region that it can grow in. Let's examine why this perennial plant is a must-have for your landscape.  Sensitive Fern Is Stunning in Greater Numbers This plant looks good, but it produces a lush, green, thick spectacle that quickly adds more to any space when you plant multiple perennials together. The lobed leaves blend and reach up and out at a maximum height of about two feet. If you want to add some volume and life to spaces that need it most, consider adding several plants to your landscape. They may even spread naturally with time. Sensitive Fern Acts As a Home for Wildlife These plants grow in areas where wildlife flourishes, meaning they play an essential role in the ecosystem. Speaking of its more practical uses, small animals like frogs and salamanders will use the leaves of this plant to take cover and escape from the heat. If you're looking for plants that are friends with and attractors of wildlife, this one will be an excellent fit for your space. Sensitive Fern also serves as a source for animals and insects, so you won't have to worry about the wildlife population in your area decimating your plants before you can enjoy them. It is both deer—and rabbit-resistant, with larger animals only taking a few leaves or avoiding them entirely. This ensures that your plants still contribute positively to the environment but aren't at risk of being wiped out by animals. Sensitive Fern Is A Stunning Border Plant Groundcover like Sensitive Fern is the perfect solution where more common plants cannot grow. Adding height and color to more moist and humid areas of your property, these perennials take root and help your property look less bare, supporting the areas in your yard that need it most.

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Terrarium Plant Kit

Terrarium Plant Kit

Our Terrarium Plant Kit has a large assortment of fresh turkey tails, rocks, lichens, mosses, and plants you can not buy elsewhere online, and we guarantee it. These hills and mountains are a rich land full of exotic things you can not go out and buy, like lichens, mosses, fossils, odd rocks, and things that Bailey knows would make an excellent addition to any terrarium. She collects each kit, especially for the order placed with items that will do well even in ecospheres. These are terrarium plants only, the kit does not come with the container Jars. Often, it contains lichens, fresh live moss, turkey tail, rocks, Mitchella repens, and running cedar. The items are wild-collected by Bailey, and she takes great pride in her horticultural skills, containing only the highest-quality plants for the kit. Our kit is the price of one item in stores, and we guarantee you won't like it; you will love it! What's impressive is that Bailey chooses each kit by hand. Bailey studied plant science in school and knows what's hot and what's not! We've never had one complaint about our terrarium plant packages other than someone unable to order ten at a time. Container Not Included Plants Only Please do not order over five kits because she works in the warehouse and spends her evenings and weekends collecting rare treasures for these kits. We always have limited quantities of these plants. It is plants only, no container. In today's fast-paced and urbanized world, finding tranquility and peaceful relaxation with nature can be challenging. However, TN Nursery's terrarium garden kit offers a unique opportunity to create a serene oasis right at home, thanks to the assortment of freshly dug plants from the hills of Tennessee. Investing in terraria can bring ty of the outdoor world into your home. Each is designed to be a miniature world you can prune, hone, and shape into whatever you want. After filling the container with the soil, rocks, and moss included in your set, you can add the greenery and ornamental items you love. Over time, you can gradually change your selections to create a more unique space. Create Your Ecosystem With Terrarium Plant Kit This type of set is designed to be its ecosystem. The glass has a sealed cover, so water and air remain inside the container. When you buy it, you can create it so it is completely sealed or open to the elements. Popular Terrarium Plant Kit Options Many different items can be placed in it. Often, people like to include moss, ferns, baby tears, bark, rocks, pinecones, ground pine, and turkey berries. In addition to adding unique greenery, you can customize your glass container by picking specific stones, statues, and decorative items to place inside. For example, many people like to put amethyst, turquoise, and other stones into their own. Place Your Terrarium Plant Kit Container Indoors and Outdoors When most people think of Terrarium Plant Kit, they think of a large glass jar on their coffee table. While these containers are typically placed inside your house, you don’t have to limit yourself to an interior location. If you put the container outside, you can leave it open to the elements so it doesn’t overheat during the day. Your Terrarium Plant Kit can be unique. While specific decorative items, rocks, soil, and greenery are included in each set, you are not required to use the items your set comes with. Instead, you can get creative. Many people customize them by using items they find on their daily walks. If you are hiking in the woods, you can pick up unique types of moss or precious stones. Once you find a particular item you want to include, you can always rearrange your container to place it inside.

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Miracle Grow Single Packs - Enhance Growth and Vibrance 400%

Miracle Grow Single Packs - Enhance Growth and Vibrance 400%

1 Pack Will Fertilize one tree or shrub.1 Pack Will Fertilize Upto 3 Perennials, Vines or 2 Ferns. Miracle-Gro Watering Can Singles is a product that mixes with water to make plant feeding easy and convenient. Here are some key features and benefits of this product: Convenient, Pre-Measured Packets: The product comes in pre-measured packets, which means you don't need to measure the right amount of plant food each time you want to feed your plants. This convenience eliminates the mess associated with traditional plant feeding methods. Enhance Vibrance & Growth By 400% With Miracle Grow Quick, No-Mess Way to Feed: The pre-measured packets dissolve quickly in water, providing a no-mess way to feed your plants. This is particularly useful for indoor and outdoor gardening to avoid spillage or over-feeding. Feed Every 1-2 Weeks: The product is formulated for regular feeding, typically recommended every 1-2 weeks. Miracle Grow Gives The Perfect Amount Every Time This consistent feeding schedule ensures that your plants receive a steady supply of essential nutrients to support their growth. Promotes Growth: Miracle-Gro Watering Can Singles contain crucial nutrients that start working instantly when applied to your plants. This rapid action promotes quick and healthy plant growth, helping them thrive. Grows Plants Twice to 3 times as Big With Miracle Grow According to the product description, when used as directed, Miracle-Gro Watering Can Singles can result in plants growing twice as big compared to unfed plants. This suggests that the nutrient-rich formula can significantly impact the size and health of your plants. In summary, this product offers a convenient and effective way to nourish your plants, with the added benefit of promoting robust growth. It's suitable for any plant and popular among gardeners looking for an easy-to-use plant food solution.

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Seasonal Monthly Plant Box - Get 3

Seasonal Monthly Plant Box - Get 3 "In Season Plants" Each Month

TN Nursery offers a subscription service where we ship 3 different plants each month- Our # 1 Seller Examples Of Some Plants Are: This plant ships bare-root and dormant (no leaves or foliage) It will not green out until next spring. Nov-April: These months are our "tree shipping season" You will get some of the following (no picks but we always ship best sellers) Trees Shrubs Evergreens Berry Bushes and Fruit Trees Moss   May- September: These months are when we ship the following. You will get some of the following in your subscription plant box: Blooming Age PerennialsMature Native Fern PlantsLive Garden Mosses   Beautiful Vines, Groundcovers, and Climber Vines Plant subscriptions can be an excellent way to regularly bring new and exciting plants into your home or garden. You can diversify your collection by receiving various plants each month and learning about new species you may have yet to encounter.Additionally, plant subscriptions can be a great way to have a beautiful yard with high-quality plants from a leading source, TN Nursery. By subscribing to their service, you are receiving quality plants and supporting their business and the horticulture industry as a whole.Overall, a plant subscription service can be a fun and rewarding way to have a variety of plants in every season.         

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Shade ferns are some of the most popular plants for filling out darker parts of the garden. With a stunning variety and low-maintenance reputation, they're a simple, easy way to test out your green thumb.  Thousands of gardeners trust TN Nursery to supply the highest-quality plants on the market. We've spent three generations growing the best possible stock to provide our customers with healthy, happy plants.


Who said sun-less gardening had to be complicated? With low-light ones from TN Nursery, you can spruce up the yard with various cultivars. These adaptable plants can fit all sorts of planting zones and add a touch of native greenery to landscape beds, gardens, and wildlife plots.

Significant Perks Of Shade Ferns

1. Adding more greenery in hard-to-landscape areas. They often thrive in places that other plants cannot.

2. Taking advantage of damp, waterlogged areas. Many enjoy having 'wet feet.'

3. Growing low-maintenance, long-lasting ferns. Our cultivars are extremely pest and disease-resistant, with some evergreen species lasting years at a time.

Please remember that TN Nursery ships shade ferns to gardeners in all 50 states.

Best-Selling Shade Ferns From TN Nursery

Our company specializes in native species specifically designed to thrive in lower light. Our hale and hearty cultivars are available in all hardiness zones, including the bestsellers listed below.

Cinnamon: This is a deciduous type with many characters, especially its dark brown fronds. 
Bracken: A widespread species with widespread appeal, it's hard to go wrong with the bracken type. 
Sensitive: Contrary to its descriptive name, the sensitive type is quite hardy. Touching the fronds will result in 'curling,' adding more appeal to this plant.

If you're looking for one to keep inside, you may want to consider our terrarium plant kit. This is an easy method of bringing the outside in (without buying a grow light or a specialty pot).

Are you unsure how to approach the planting process? TN Nursery has you covered. We offer planting videos and video instructions to make your subsequent transplant as stress-free as possible.

These Shade Ferns Withstand The Test Of Time

Not all shade ferns will survive their first year — but at TN Nursery, it's 100% guaranteed. Each plant comes with a one-year warranty to ensure a successful growing season. With us, you're not just getting one for your garden — you're investing in success with our qualified team.