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Fern Favourites

Ferns offer height, drama and year-round interest with large foliage in dramatic shades of green

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Fern Favourites
Fern Favourites

Thriving in dappled light and not deep shade as is often believed, ferns should be planted in a protected position and in easy draining soil. They make a spectacular feature when planted beside a pond or allowed to form a sea of green in a woodland garden. Here, a few of our favourites.

1. Cyathea australis (Australian Tree Fern)
Reaches a height and diameter of 5x6m.

Photograph: Elsa Young

2. Hypolepis sparsisora (Gaint Edgelobed Fern)
Best in dappled shade, it reaches a height of approximately 1.5m and grows just as wide.

Photograph: Micky Hoyle

3. Woodwardia fimbriata (Giant Chain Fern)
Plant in semi-shade and ensure that the soil does not dry out while the plant is establishing. It reaches a height and diameter of 1×1.5m.

Photograph: Micky Hoyle

4. Pteris dentata (Toothed Brake)
A must for its finely dissected, lacy, bright-green fronds. It reaches a height and diameter of 50x30cm.

Photograph: Elsa Young

5. Adiantum raddianum
Found on cliff faces in nature, these delicate specimens are ideal for similar garden conditions. It reaches a height and diameter of 40x40cm.

Photograph: Elsa Young

6. Indigenous Polystichum incongruous (Shield Fern) and Cyrtomium falcatum (Holly Fern)
Beautiful, underrated ferns that tolerate variable growing conditions and can be successfully cultivated in many parts of the country. Towering Cyathea dregei (Common Tree Fern) in the background.

Photograph: Micky Hoyle

Featured image Jérôme Galland