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Reliable, long lived and easy to grow, hardy ferns are tolerant of cold winter temperatures and can be grown ferns.jpgoutdoors year-round. Adaptable and versatile, hardy ferns can be used as border plants or in containers and even for erosion control. Most ferns do require a moist, shady spot to perform well.
Hardy Ferns add textures to any shade garden. Fern care is easy when planted in moist, humus rich, and well-drained soil.

PLANTING: Space plants according to the ultimate size of species you have chosen. Most hardy ferns prefer a shady or partly shaded location protected from the sun and hot, dry winds. Soil should be light or loose and highly organic. Take care not to plant crowns too deep, set them at or just below soil level. Mulch at planting time, and make sure plants have ample water during the spring and early summer, particularly during the first few years, when plants are establishing themselves.

MAINTENANCE: We recommend that no fertilizer be used on hardy ferns; mulching will provide enough organic matter. It's best not to disturb the duff (the layer of decaying vegetation that covers the soil around the plant). Overhead spraying from time to time is beneficial. Divide as necessary by separating the rhizomes, this should be done before new growth begins in the spring or, preferably, as plants go dormant in the fall. Good irrigation practices are essential when growing ferns. It is best to water early in the day to allow the fronds plenty of time to dry before nightfall. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Ferns can be sensitive to high salt levels incurred from commercial fertilizers. Use about half of the amount of fertilizer you would use with other perennials.

  • Athyrium felix-femina 3.5 inch pot Athyrium 'felix-femina' (3.5 inch pot)

    Athyrium 'felix-femina' (3.5 inch pot)

    Athyrium filix-femina (3.5-inch pot)Common name: Lady Fern Height: 24-36 Inches Spread: 24-36 Inches Hardiness Zone: 3-8 Part Shade to Shade Deciduous Native Slow spreading by rhizomes Fine textured,light green,lacy-like fronds Tolerates sun with...

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  • Athyrium Ghost 20ct Flat Athyrium Ghost 20ct Flat

    Athyrium 'Ghost' (20)ct Flat

    Athyrium 'Ghost' (20)ct FlatCommon Name: Ghost Fern A strong tall growing, light silvery gray-green almost glows, creating a ghostly appearance. Upright, arching, triangular delicate, lacey fronds have bluish to maroon midribs. Sterile hybrid sporeling...

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  • Athyrium Godzilla 20ct Flat Athyrium Godzilla 20ct Flat

    Athyrium 'Godzilla' (20)ct Flat

    Athyrium 'Godzilla' (20)ct FlatCommon Name: Giant Japanese Painted Fern Like Athyrium n. ‘Pictum’ on steroids, this giant painted fern was discovered at Plant Delights Nursery in the mid-90s and is thought to be a sporeling of...

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  • Athyrium angustum forma rubellum Lady in Red 20ct Flat Athyrium angustum forma rubellum Lady in Red 20ct Flat

    Athyrium felix-forma 'Lady in Red' (20)ct Flat

    Athyrium felix-forma 'Lady in Red' (20)ct FlatCommon Name: Lady Fern, Northern Lady Fern Vibrant red-burgundy stipes (stems), creates a sharp contrast with its lacy, green fronds. Stems red color becomes more vivid after second dormancy. Limit...

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  • Athyrium n. 'Crested Surf' PP33057 (20)ct Flat Athyrium niponicum Crested Surf PPAF 20ct Flat

    Athyrium n. 'Crested Surf' PP33057 (20)ct Flat

    Athyrium niponicum 'Crested Surf' PP33057 CPBRAF (20)ct FlatCommon Name: Crested Japanese Painted Fern 'Crested Surf' looks similar in color to a traditional Japanese Painted Fern, but the tips of the fronds are double crested. A vigorous, taller variety...

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  • Athyrium niponicum Pictum 20ct Flat Athyrium niponicum Pictum 20ct Flat

    Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' (20)ct Flat

    Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' Common name: JAPANESE PAINTED FERNTri-colored, 12-to-18-inch fronds emerge silvery-gray, almost appearing metallic. Silvery hue is accented by contrasting dark maroon midribs. Spectacular mature blades are triangular with...

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  • Athyrium niponicum Pictum 3.5 inch pot Athyrium niponicum Pictum 3.5 inch pot

    Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' (3.5 inch pot)

    Athyrium niponicum var. 'Pictum' (3.5-inch pot) Common name: JAPANESE PAINTED FERN Tri-colored, 12-to-18-inch fronds emerge silvery-gray, almost appearing metallic. Silvery hue is accented by contrasting dark maroon midribs. Spectacular mature...

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  • Athyrium Nipponicum 'Pictum' (10)ct Quarts Athyrium Nipponicum Pictum 10ct Quarts

    Athyrium Nipponicum 'Pictum' (10)ct Quarts

    Athyrium niponicum var. 'Pictum' (10)ct Quarts Common name: JAPANESE PAINTED FERN2004 Perennial Plant of the Year. Tri-colored, 12-to-18-inch fronds emerge silvery-gray, almost appearing metallic. Silvery hue is accented by contrasting dark maroon...

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  • Athyrium Nipponicum 'Pictum' (4) 1-gallons Athyrium Nipponicum 'Pictum' (4) 1-gallons

    Athyrium Nipponicum 'Pictum' (4) 1-gallons

    Athyrium niponicum var. 'Pictum' (4) 1-gallons Common name: JAPANESE PAINTED FERN Zone 3b to 8, Part shade to full shade. Height is 8 to 20 inches and slowly spreading clump grows to 18 - 30 inches. 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year. Tri-colored, 12...

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