Fabulous, hardy, garden ferns.

What’s NOT to love about ferns?  I simply couldn’t imagine my garden without them.  I have some in the stumpery, in the raised bed, in holes of the wall of the raised bed, in the shady border, in the the sunny border, in the middle bed, on the patio in pots, in the conservatory and some in the house.  I can only remember the names of some of them, and some have just popped up in strange places.  I will however have to take a few out that are going to be a nuisance.  They have self-seeded (spores) in the crevice between the harling and the ramp, also some of the larger ones have popped up in-beside a smaller species in some of the holes in the wall.  Some are just way too big for the space.  Debs chopped a large chunk from the Osmunda regalis purpurea (starts off very purple before turning green) from beside the ramp so we re-located that chunk into a shady damp area of the stumpery where it is doing well.  Some have popped up in with a large pot plant (Beaucarnea recurvata – the ponytail plant). As you can see, ferns come in many sizes, shapes and forms.  Some are evergreen, some semi-evergreen and some are deciduous.  Some are low growing whilst others are huge.  Some are clump forming whilst others spread along the earth or a wall with rhizomes. There is a fern for any location in the garden.  I have many more ferns in the garden – too many to photograph.  A previous post from 2018 shows a few crosiers before they unfurl.

silvery fern with maroon ribs
Athyrium niponicum ‘Silver falls’
eared lady fern with reddish stalks and mid-ribs
Athyrium otophorum okanum
low growing fern with rusty coloured tips
Blechnum penna-marina
compact erect evergreen fern
Dryopteris crispa congesta
Japanese sheid fern beside irises
Dryopteris erythrosa
purple royal fern
Osmunda regalis pupurascens
Japanes tassel fern
Polystichum polyblepharum
hairy fronds of the Japanese tassel fern
Polystichum polyblepharum hairy fronds
large polystichum fern
Polystichum setiferum cristato pinnulum
mixture ferns in a wall
Mix of ferns at the end wall of raised bed
mixture of ferns in the wall
Mix of ferns in the shady sided wall of raised bed
dense almost fluffy green fern in a pot
Polystichum setiferum plumoso multilobum densum
unknown fern in a chimney pot
unknown fern in chimney pot on patio
potted hare's foot fern in conservatory
Davallia canariensis
mixed self-seeded fern in large pot plant
Mixed self-seeded ferns beside Beaucarnea recurvata

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