My Garden Zone Is
Advantages Of Planting Native Ferns
There are many advantages of adding native ferns to your landscape. Not only do they add natural beauty, but native fern plants are hardy and can withstand some sun and shade, making them useful in a variety of landscapes.
Christmas ferns get their name from the fact that parts of the plants stay green year round. When other plants are dormant, Christmas ferns add color to the winter garden and reach heights of one to two feet. They can withstand some sun and shade, and thrive in moist soil.
Bracken ferns have attractive green fronds with delicate, silvery fiddleheads that arrive in spring. Bracken ferns can reach heights of three to seven feet. They spread quickly and grow best in partial shade. They make an excellent ground cover for dry woodland areas.
Royal ferns add texture and color to the landscape and can withstand some sun and shade. Brown clusters resembling tassels at the tips of the yellowish green leaves contain spores. Reaching heights of two to three feet, large, simple-to-grow royal ferns enjoy moist soil, resist damage from rabbits and deer, and add interest to areas around ponds and streams or in water gardens.
Native fern plants are hardy, and cinnamon ferns are no exception. They prefer wet areas and reach heights of up to three feet. Cinnamon ferns have beautiful soft green leaves and cinnamon-colored frond spikes, giving them their name. Their upright growth will add interest to any garden.
Tall and slender with feathery fronds, glade ferns thrive in damp, well-drained areas. They can be used as a colorful backdrop for shorter plants, as they may reach up to three feet in height. Their large, shiny leaves will make them an elegant addition to your garden.