Friday, February 25
Fern plants in a variety of colors, height and form add a special touch to your landscapes. Ranging from soft and graceful to structural and bold, ferns contribute to the atmosphere of your garden in multiple ways. Ferns have existed for centuries, and have continued to evolve and adapt with the passage of time. They are easy to grow and can be used as background plantations, groupings, specimen plants, and groundcovers. In any shaded garden or yard, they perform the role of an anchor, adding structure and foliage that remains largely unchanged throughout the season.
The popular Christmas fern remains green through the winter season. It is so named because its fronds served as a Christmas decoration in earlier days. The fern can be identified easily due to the familiar shape of the fronds. The leaf stalk is stout, with shallow grooves and deep light brown scales. The leaflets are shiny, deep green in color. The Christmas fern grows in an asymmetric clump pattern.
Among hundreds of varieties, there are a few ferns that can tolerate sunny conditions, while most prefer shaded locations. Most varieties need sufficient moisture and rich soil conditions, so if there is a sunny area in the yard, it should be watered adequately. If the soil condition is sandy, it may be necessary to work in plenty of peat moss and compost. For clay soil, a little sand and lots of compost may be necessary. Some fern varieties grow well in acidic soil, for which the pH level of the soil should be tested and adapted accordingly before the plantation.
One of the more common ferns is the New York fern that grows in expansive colonies that cover the floor of a forest. The frond in this variety tapers towards the bottom, and its lower leaflets are tiny in size. That is a good way to identify this fern. The should not be confused with the Hay Scented fern that is somewhat similar in New York fern appearance. It is not only delicate, but also shares its tendency to cover the floor of the forests. However, the distinctive feature of Hay Scented fern is the shape of its fronds. They have a triangular shape with a broad base and tapering towards the top. The stipe of this fern is slightly hairy or smooth, light green at the top and scaly brown towards the base. This fern usually grows in random patterns.
One of the easiest ways to procure these ferns for your landscapes is to get in touch with online plant nurseries. Some of the reputed nurseries can offer the finest varieties of ferns that will add to the personality of your landscape. They can not only be used as a background for your garden, but they can also be conveniently inter-planted with most varieties of perennials. Some varieties are even ideal when they are placed in containers during the growing season. You can specify your requirements to the online plant nurseries, and chances are that they will be able to offer you some marvelous choices.