Fern Plants Make Excellent Borders
Fern Plants, by themselves or combined with other plantings, make spectacular border plants. Most ferns do well in part shade or mottled sunlight, but there are many which tolerate quite a bit of sun, provided they are well-watered. Ferns first appear in the fossil record 360 million years ago and come in a fantastic range of texture, color, sizes, and shapes. Their versatility and ease of care make them an essential part of a well-rounded garden. Favorite ferns at Wholesale Nursery Company include:
Favorite Fern Plants Of Many
New York Fern is a smaller sized fern with bright green fronds.
Ostrich Fern, which can grow up to 6 feet tall.
Christmas Ferns, which as its name suggests, is a favorite holiday gift.
The Fiddlehead Fern furled fronds can be harvested and eaten.
These near maintenance fern plants will add a constant touch of green as well as tropical beauty to any landscape. Fern plants ship bare root.
Fern Plant Benefits
Ferns add a whimsical enhancement to any shady part of the yard or garden. Not only are ferns a beautiful addition to the yard, but there are also a wide variety of benefits to growing them.
Ferns are a low maintenance plant that requires very little attention. They are quite tolerable to many different types of soil. They adapt well to their environment, and although they prefer the shade, they can easily tolerate full sun if they get enough water.
Pests are not a problem when growing ferns in the garden. Under the proper conditions, ferns are highly resistant to a large variety of pests. They have a natural resistance to diseases which might otherwise harm other plants.
The diversity of ferns is quite incredible. They come in varying sizes, grow in many locations around the world, and come in a wide spectrum of frond styles. They can be a stand-alone plant in a pot or a complementary grouping in the garden. They provide a perfect addition to a perennial flower bed, or as edging around the house.
As many gardeners know, keeping wildlife out of the garden can become an annoying task. Fortunately, ferns keep this burden at bay. Deer, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, groundhogs, voles, and other pesky animals seem to have absolutely no interest in ferns. This is a happy relief to gardeners who struggle to maintain their garden.
Another benefit of growing ferns in the yard is they work quite well as a way to camouflage an unsightly area with their beauty. Ferns can easily hide such eyesores as utility boxes and unattractive basement walls with their delicate fronds. They can also be planted as an alternative to mulch, therefore acting as a natural form of weed control.
With so many varieties, species, and color variations of ferns and the many benefits they provide it is hard to imagine passing this plant up.
Native Ferns that are Easy to Grow
Ferns are a popular plant to add to a home garden and there are a few species that are especially easy to grow. Here we will detail 5 native ferns in particular that are easy to grow in an at-home garden. Maidenhair Ferns are able to grow indoors as well as outdoors and are fairly simple. This plant enjoys moist, partly shaded environments. In terms of caring of Maidenhair Ferns, they need to be kept moist, but make sure not to overwater otherwise the plant could become diseased.
Another low maintenance fern species is the Spreading Wood Fern. This type of fern is expected to grow about 3 feet high. These ferns are characterized by their fine leaves and look beautiful in wooded landscapes. Spreading Wood Fern should be planted a good distance apart in order to properly grow and have room to spread. They survive best in shaded and moderate climates. They look great in open areas of landscaping without other plants.
A Deer Fern is an easy addition to most gardens as well. These ferns have 2 types of leaves, some of which are flat and the others are wavy. The leaf density changes depending on the time of year. A Deer Fern has moderate growth and requires minimal care with just occasional watering to keep the soil wet, but not oversaturated. These ferns are less temperate and can survive in warmer climates as well and easy to grow.
Christmas Ferns are well established in cool and shaded environments. Often, these plants are utilized as ground cover in landscaping and grow reasonably quickly. It is essential that the climate is not too hot or dry for Christmas Ferns to survive. These make a beautiful addition to a yard setting due to their grave, vibrant green color.
In addition to the previous low maintenance ferns, there are Ostrich Ferns. Ostrich Ferns grow best in damp, shaded areas of landscaping and are visually appealing. It is expected to grow roughly 3 to 6 feet in both height and width. This fern species should be planted in a shallow hole with the crown above the soil level.
Some other native ferns include Oak Ferns, Sensitive Ferns, and Royal Ferns. The most important thing to keep in mind to easily add ferns to your garden or landscaping it that they require a damp and shaded environment that is protected from the elements.