Gardens - Shade Gardens

Help your ferns thrive

Shade and shelter are ideal for these low-maintenance beauties

Legend   s Full Sun   f Part Shade   d Full Shade

All dimensions are h x w

‘Miss Sharples’ maidenhair fern (Adiantum aleuticum ‘Miss Sharples’)
Zone 3; 30 x 45 cm   
Fresh green fronds mature to chartreuse with bronze overtones; native.   Slightly acidic, moist soil; f d

‘Lady in Red’ fern (Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum forma rubellum ‘Lady in Red’)
Zone 3; 75 x 90 cm   
Vibrant burgundy stems contrast sharply with mid-green fronds. Moist soil; f

‘Burgundy Lace’ painted lady fern (A. niponicum var. pictum ‘Burgundy Lace’)
Zone 3; 50 x 75 cm   
Compact form with rich burgundy fronds striped silver. Rich, moist soil; f d

Clinton’s wood fern (Dryopteris clintoniana)
Zone 3; 1 x 1 m
Broad, leathery, mid-green fronds; native. Moist soil; f d

Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
Zone 3; 1.25 m x indefinite
One of the tallest ferns; light green fronds; native. Requires consistently moist soil when planted in full sun; s d

Sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)
Zone 2; 60 cm x indefinite   
Soft green fronds; spore-bearing ones are light brown and often persist through winter; native. Acidic, moist soil; f

‘Purpurascens’ royal fern (Osmunda regalis ‘Purpurascens’)
Zone 4; 1 x 2 m   
New fronds are flushed with red in spring, maturing to a bright green; foliage turns gold in fall. Moist soil; f

Blunt-lobed woodsia (Woodsia obtusa)
Zone 3; 50 x 30 cm   
Narrow, upright fronds; suitable for shady rock gardens; native. Rocky soil;
f d

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