Fern companion plants for winter interest
I am trying to plan an area in the yard with ferns and hostas - the area is along the deck, about 3 feet wide and several feet.
Since these plants only come up in the summer, what are companion plants that look decent in winter yet still allow the ferns & hostas to pop up in the spring?
I have solomon's seal but wasn't sure if it is too big of a plant to put in this narrow space. For ground cover underneath these guys I was thinking maybe ajuga or creeping jenny, but will those allow ferns & hostas to pop through or will they smother them? Is it best to only put mulch on top of the ferns & hostas?
The mix of ferns I will be planting are as follows:
Are any of these evergreen in zone 7b? (Monroe, NC) I'm thinking Christmas fern might be.
They are in a mixed bag, so if anyone knows how to identify the bare roots, that would be helpful too. (If there's no way to identify the bare roots, maybe I could plant them into little pots to grow a bit to identify before putting them in the ground? That might take awhile though.)