Sunday, 12 September 2010

My Ferns

Clusters of sporangia (sorus) producing spores.

Ferns are my favourite shade plants. I love them because of their feathery leaves texture and bushy growth. They are low maintenance plants with a very few - if any - pests and diseases. Ferns thrive in a light to moderate shade and moist, rich in organic matter soil. Primarily, they are woodland plants so make sure to make the similar growing conditions for them in the garden. I have them under the bushes and trees in shady borders combined with Hostas, Astrantias and other shade and moisture loving plants.
They reproduce by spores. 

Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern) has nice, pale green feathery leaves.

Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart's Tongue Fern), unlike other ferns has simple undivided leaves. It likes damp soil but also grows in cervices of damp rocks or walls. There are cultivars with ruffled leaf edges.

Dryopteris filix-mas (Male Fern) is robust, bushy fern occurring in woods of the temperate northern hemisphere. The leaves can be up to 1.5 m long.

Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleen-wort) is a small fern usually growing on dump walls and rocks.

Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' (The King) has crests at the leaf tips.

Dryopteris sieboldii is an unusual Japanese evergreen fern.

Young fern leaf.
See more here FERNS and here NURSERY (UK).


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  2. Lovely pictures all, but my favorites are of the first one of the spores and the last one of the fiddlehead. Great shots!
    I have a few ferns and they have been very pest-disease-resistant. They're pretty happy in the 'woodland garden' here :).


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