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Ferns That Exceed 3 Feet in Height
Ferns have become an ideal addition to your home’s garden for a multitude of reasons. The first is for their low-end maintenance. Once successfully planted, ferns can live off of little water. They are also a great plant to have amongst vibrant species of flowers such as blue hydrangeas, making them delightful fillers. It is essential to use ferns that exceed 3 feet in height so that they can quickly give your home a native groundcover. Below are three species of ferns that you should consider for your garden.
Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis)
Best grown in medium to wet soil, Royal Ferns prefer to be either partially or fully shaded. It produces just a little over 3 feet in height with a spread of 2 to 3 feet. If given constant moisture, this fern can grow up to 6 feet. Gardeners prefer to use this fern for its broad, elegant fronds. This plant works well in a variety of different garden selections such as wet areas, shaded borders, woodland gardens or native gardens.
Giant Ostrich Ferns (Matteucia struthiopteris)
The Giant Ostrich Fern’s name was derived from the fronds which resemble ostrich feathers. As with the Royal Fern, Giant Ostrich Ferns typically grow to 3 feet but can reach 6 feet with enough moisture. The spread, however, is much larger, ranging from 5 to 8 feet. Those looking to add to their gardens full of early spring wildflowers will be pleased. Just be sure to provide the Giant Ostrich Fern with moist, clay soil for the best results.
Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
Similar in height and spread to Royal Ferns, Cinnamon Ferns reach around 2 to 3 feet. With consistent moisture, this plant may reach up to 5 feet in height. As the name suggests, this fern has cinnamon colored fibers near the base of the fronds. The fertile fronds also take on a similar hue, turning to brown in the early spring. Consider Cinnamon Ferns for your home’s wet areas, woodland gardens, or native plant gardens.
These ferns each grow to at least 3 feet in height, giving their gardener a right amount of ground coverage. When kept in moist conditions, they bring a touch of elegance amongst your colorful spring flowers.