Many gardening enthusiasts know that ferns make a great addition to your garden. Not only do these ancient plants require little maintenance, they are easy to grow and look beautiful! Because ferns date back to before the dinosaurs, there are many different varieties to choose from. To help narrow it down, here are our top four picks for the best ferns to plant in your garden:
One of the most common ferns in the eastern United States, the Christmas fern, known as Polystichum acrostichoides in scientific Latin, has tough green leaves that last throughout the winter. Because of their hardiness, many like to use them as Christmas decorations – hence the name and popularity. Although the Christmas fern is mostly found in moist, shady areas, it is known to do well in a variety of settings, making it perfect for nearly any garden.
Dryopteris marginalis, or the marginal wood fern, can grow up to two feet tall and prefers damp, cool and shaded soil. But, surprisingly, this tough fern becomes drought-tolerant once it is established, which is why many gardeners choose it as their No. 1 garden fern. If you are looking for a larger evergreen fern, the marginal wood fern is the perfect choice.
One of the largest ferns you can plant in your garden, the cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum) can grow up to five feet tall! As the season progresses, you will notice the fern fronds become cinnamon-colored, which is where the plant gets its name. Since this plant thrives best in extremely moist soil, it is best if they are planted near a water-rich environment like at the edges of a decorative pond or water feature.
Non-invasive, delicate and airy, the maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum) does a great job of deceiving how tough it really is. Most notably found along ledges and banks to streams close to the water, this fern prefers moist conditions, but adapts well to a variety of environments. Plus, the maidenhair fern can grow two to three feet tall, making it a beautiful addition to any garden.
Once you’ve chosen a hardy fern to bring your garden to life, visit Cold Stream Farm for professional help on purchasing healthy fern varieties at great prices. Call 231-464-5809 for more information or to place a fern order today.