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Dryopteris in its many forms, commonly called a wood fern, is a great low maintenance and usually evergreen architectural plant for a shady spot.  Make good use of these under taller shrubs and in gaps in the border.

Dryopteris in its many forms, commonly called a wood fern, is a great low maintenance and usually evergreen architectural plant for a shady spot. Make good use of these under taller shrubs and in gaps in the border.

Polystichum setiferum - Soft Shield Fern    most architecturally interesting evergreen ferns for woodland garden.   finely dissected, arch gracefully  fronds  swirl around the center, creating a whirlwind effect.  foliage asks to be touched.  . They also combine well with hellebores, hostas, wild gingers (Asarum), Brunnera, and epimediums. Polystichum setiferum Divisilobum Group contrast well with broadleaf evergreen shrubs- sarcococcas and rhodo.

Polystichum setiferum - Soft Shield Fern most architecturally interesting evergreen ferns for woodland garden. finely dissected, arch gracefully fronds swirl around the center, creating a whirlwind effect. foliage asks to be touched. . They also combine well with hellebores, hostas, wild gingers (Asarum), Brunnera, and epimediums. Polystichum setiferum Divisilobum Group contrast well with broadleaf evergreen shrubs- sarcococcas and rhodo.

Asplenium scolopendrium/Hart's Tongue Fern    Along south fence line.        This is an evergreen fern, which needs some shade. Wonderful wide green leaves. I love the shape as the new leaved emerge.

Asplenium scolopendrium/Hart's Tongue Fern Along south fence line. This is an evergreen fern, which needs some shade. Wonderful wide green leaves. I love the shape as the new leaved emerge.

Autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora herfstvaren)

Autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora herfstvaren)

Polystichum divisilobum (Soft Shield Fern). Good contrast with rhodos and sarcococca,

Polystichum divisilobum (Soft Shield Fern). Good contrast with rhodos and sarcococca,

Polystichum setiferum (wintergreen) - kilpihärkylä

Polystichum setiferum (wintergreen) - kilpihärkylä

The use of Buxus and Dicksonia antartica transforms a neglected area and works well with the Ivy clad wall

The use of Buxus and Dicksonia antartica transforms a neglected area and works well with the Ivy clad wall

Hard Shield Fern Polystichum aculeatum  A spreading fern for woodland settings. Bears bright yellowish green fronds in spring that mature to glossy forest green. Ideal plant under shade trees or to cover exposed areas between shrubs. Perfect between boulders in naturalistic water features.

Hard Shield Fern Polystichum aculeatum A spreading fern for woodland settings. Bears bright yellowish green fronds in spring that mature to glossy forest green. Ideal plant under shade trees or to cover exposed areas between shrubs. Perfect between boulders in naturalistic water features.

Dicksonia antarctica (Tree fern) Stunning evergreen tree fern, but can be classed as deciduous in colder areas. Very slow growing with a stout ‘trunk’ and rosette of arching dark green fronds which can reach up to 3 metres in length. Very slow growing, often only achieving 30cm of trunk in 10 years. These impressive ferns are thought to be one of the oldest plants in the world, and add a touch of drama and architecture to any garden.

Dicksonia antarctica (Tree fern) Stunning evergreen tree fern, but can be classed as deciduous in colder areas. Very slow growing with a stout ‘trunk’ and rosette of arching dark green fronds which can reach up to 3 metres in length. Very slow growing, often only achieving 30cm of trunk in 10 years. These impressive ferns are thought to be one of the oldest plants in the world, and add a touch of drama and architecture to any garden.

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