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Ferns are natural air purifiers that remove toxins like arsenic from the soil


Tn Nurseries Best Selling Ferns:


1. Christmas Fern

2. Ostrich Fern

3. Lady Fern

4. New York Fern

5. Sensitive Fern


Anatomy of Native Ferns


Ferns are hardy, resilient plants that are easy to care for and fill gardens with grace, texture, and magnificent greenery. Unlike most plants, they can thrive in shady conditions, making them the perfect solution for all zone and shade gardens in the northernmost regions of the United States. 


If you aren't sure of your growing zone, enter your current location's ZIP code into our zone tracker, and you'll get an accurate grow zone based on the USDA map. Keep this number handy for all of your future plant purchases.


Ferns: Soil Preparation for Thriving Plants

They require moist soil rich in organic matter and nutrients for optimal growth. They can grow in neutral and moderately acidic soil as long as the soil's base layer has nutrients and minerals. They thrive in shaded woodland areas, particularly where significant rotted leaf decay. The leaves act as compost/fertilizer letting the plant's growth take off. Best of all, they don't require pruning, pinching, or staking like some sensitive plants, making them almost maintenance-free!


Here's how you can prepare your soil for fern growth:

  1. Break up heavy soil and mix in compost or rotten leaves.
  2. Don't plant ferns deep in the ground -- plant them shallowly. The crown of your fern should be lined up with or slightly above the surrounding soil to prevent crown rot.
  3. For the first few years, keep your ferns watered well!
  4. Plant in whichever season you get the most rainfall.
  5. In the springtime, apply mulch in a thin layer around your fern. Mulch conserves moisture, acts as a fertilizer as the mulch decays, and pushes down any surrounding weeds.
  6. Add a layer of composted manure around your fern every couple of years to provide much-needed nitrogen and additional nutrients.
  7. Give them time to flourish! Ferns need a year or two to start maturing, so don't rush it.

Follow the steps above, and your ferns will flourish in no time!

Ferns Strategic Usage & Placement 

We've discussed how winter-hardy plants can thrive in cold northern climates and shady environments, but there are some additional ways you can use your plants to their fullest potential.


Ferns as Border Plants

Certain native fern plant species of this plant can function as great border plants, ideal for landscaping situations such as:

  • Shaded Driveways
  • Woodland Paths
  • Walkways
  • Lawn Borders
  • Garden Borders
  • Plants that can function as great borders include the Ostrich Fern, Hay Scented Fern, Narrow Leaf Glade Fern, Christmas Fern, New York Fern, Bracken Fern, and Lady Fern, Maidenhair Fern, Leatherwood Fern, Walking Fern, and Sensitive Fern.

Use one of these plant species as a border for your garden, walkway, or wooded path, and it'll be worth all the effort once they mature in a few short years.

Ferns for Flower Gardens and Flower Beds

Believe it or not, some can function as excellent companions in flower beds and gardens based on their color and texture. For flower gardens and beds, we recommend planting the Lady Fern, Leatherwood Fern, Walking Fern, Sensitive Fern, or the Fiddlehead Fern, which has a truly unique pattern that'll stand out in any garden.


Deer-Resistant Ferns

When deer get hungry, they'll go after your ferns -- make no mistake about it. There are, however, several species that are deer resistant. The Maidenhair Fern and Walking Fern are less susceptible to deer from the ferns in our collection.


Shade-Adaptive Ferns

Certain plants thrive in the shade more than others in shady areas. Of the plants in our nursery, the Ostrich Fern and Walking Fern do great in the shade.



These varieties have unique names that represent their properties and appearance!


These plants are an excellent choice for a shade garden. These come in various sizes and forms, and they go well with most shade-loving plants like other shade-loving plants and go well with a variety of others. Although most plants that lived in the Carboniferous period are already extinct, many species evolved into modern-day ferns. They have a number in the thousands and are present in all parts of the world. These plants growing outside are evergreen plants that can adapt to various environments. 


The Northern Maidenhair fern is a natural plant that thrives in moist soil. Its light green leaves contrast with the dark stems. In the springtime, red fiddleheads brighten things up and add charm. This fern proliferates and expands slowly via rhizomes. Perennial ferns can grow into a big colony if the weather is good. The one in the South is somewhat different. It's a small plant without the traditional fern-shaped dark green fronds, but the tiny leaves are lovely. This plant likes to grow in the fissures of limestone rocks with access to water. As a result, it's ideal for shady gardens.


 Cinnamon fern is a low-maintenance native plant that grows best in medium to wet conditions and can become 5 to 6 feet tall. Their fertile fronds have a vase-shaped circle around them. These ferns resist rabbits and are one of the many plants that can grow in the shadow of Black Walnut bushes. The fronds of Japanese-painted ferns are remarkable for their vibrant colors. According to the variety, its fronds are silver or burgundy (like 'Pictum').


Lady ferns are deciduous perennial plants that thrive in partial to complete shade. 


 One of the natural winter hardy fern types is the Ostrich Fern. That is a huge plant that may give any yard a tropical atmosphere. Fiddleheads of this plant are edible. The glossy, velvety, dark green, everlasting foliage of the Western sword fern develops enormous clumps with several long fronds in gloomy locations. This fern thrives better than any other species in dry, arid environments.

The perennial plants are simple to care for and will quickly spread across the garden beds once planted, offering much coverage for a small outlay. At maturity, their height can reach 3.4-4 feet.


These plants prefer moist conditions. Therefore, it can quickly become a part of garden conditions. Their dead leaves make up the organic matter for the soil. They are among the few deer-resistant shade plants, so they are a must-have for every rural garden project.


Fern Plants


Are you new to gardening or having trouble deciding which fern plant to use in your garden? If you have ever visited a tropical rainforest in British Columbia, you have probably noticed how many ferns there are. 


These plants are low-maintenance; ferns don't require any trimming, unlike some delicate plants. Vascular plants or Fern are seedless. However, they do contain vascular tissue, unlike bryophytes. 

Ferns do not produce blooms. Ferns grow in shady woodlands, especially when there is a lot of rotting leaf decomposition.


In this article, we'll walk you through some of the best plant characteristics and their detailed description. So let's dig deep into it. 

Ferns are popular horticultural plants, with wide varieties grown in attractive gardens or as houseplants.

Best Fern Plants

Here are some of the top fern plants that are worth buying for you:


Bracken Fern

Bracken Fern is a common plant found in open fields, mountains, and wild areas. It can grow a length of 2 to 4 feet. Brackfern can develop either a dark green or a light green color as it grows. This plant grows best in moist soil. A low-maintenance plant, Bracken Fern grows quite quickly.


Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern is an evergreen, perennial plant that blooms in winter. Christmas Fern retains its dark green color in winter compared to other plants. Belongs to the hardy ferns family, these are low-maintenance and easy to cultivate ferns. Christmas Fern thrives in wet and organically rich soil.


Fiddlehead Fern

Fiddlehead Ferns grow near streams and wooden regions. Bright green by nature, wrapped in brown papery skin that peels off easily if scratched. Fiddlehead Ferns are high in potassium, antioxidants, iron, and Omega 3 fatty acids. The native land of Ostrich Fern is Canada and the northern US.


Hay Scented Fern

A magnificent plant, Hay Scented Fern, grows in 3-8 zones. This lovely lacy plant reaches a height of 2 feet and 4 feet. The hay-scented fern has yellowish-green leaves that look like feathers. During spring, the plant appears greener, and in the autumn, it turns yellowish. Partially shaded areas are preferred for hay-scented ferns.


Lady Fern

Lady Fern is a common temperate rainforest fern plant. It grows five feet tall in ideal conditions and is native to North America. The beautiful, ethereal leaves of the Lady Fern are admired for their low-maintenance qualities. Lady Fern naturalizes and provides years of beauty with very little maintenance when planted in the correct area.


Leatherwood Fern

An attractive native fern, Leatherwood Fern has blue-green fronds with an arching, vase-like shape. Leatherwood Fern has gorgeous dark green semi-evergreen leaves. The ferns grow in direct sunlight but prefer 3 hours of shade per day. It is a perennial plant that requires well-drained soil and nutrient fields.


Maidenhair Fern

A perfect addition to gardens, Maidenhair Fern is a delicate and exquisite fern that needs indirect light to thrive. It is commonly found near waterfalls and rocks. It grows best in damp soil that is rich in organic materials. A creeping plant, Maidenhair Fern, has a remarkable capacity to sustain temperatures as low as -10°C. Maidenhair Ferns are low-maintenance house plants or garden plants.


Narrow Leaf Glade Fern

The Narrow Leaf Glade is native to the United States and Canada. It's also known as glade fern and narrow-leaved spleenwort. Glade ferns have lovely clusters of slender, long, green leaves. The frond clusters give the plant the appearance of a lovely bouquet plant and thrive in moist, loamy, and well-drained soils. 


New York Fern

A perennial plant, New York Fern is a spring-renewing plant. New York Fern is a popular plant for altering gardens. It transforms the entire garden by giving it a new and refreshing look. The fern has a thin leaf that gives it a translucent appearance. New York Fern is widely distributed in the eastern United States and Canada.


Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern is named after ostrich plumes because of its form. Ostrich Fern is native to North America. The fronds of this deciduous shrub are dimorphic. Ostrich Ferns thrive in both partial and complete shade. They are not as sensitive to full sun as other ferns but require more moisture to balance their needs while growing.


Sensitive Fern

The Sensitive name Fern comes from its vulnerability to cold. The Sensitive fern grows in swamps and moist soils. They are endemic to North America and can be found in various habitats. They can reach 3 feet high from just a few inches. Early spring is when the plants bloom. 


Walking Fern

Walking Ferns thrive in humid climates with plenty of light and shade. They have a sleek look and are dark to medium green in color. The walking fern's leaves can grow up to 14 inches long, making it a long and beautiful plant. Walking Fern is excellent for the environment and adds a natural aspect to your landscape.



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