Fern Companion Plants - New Combinations

loriartscapeNovember 29, 2006

I am looking for companion plants to go with Autumn or Male Robust Ferns (aside from the traditional hostas and astibles).

This season I surrounded a vase shaped Male fern with double circle rows of Lambs Ears (cutting off flowers)...and then farther out of the circle I finished it with a circular double row of Obsidian Heuchera. It is a stunning display of texture and colors, about the size of a round dining room table.

Any other combinations you have found new and interesting?

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joydveenc7(7a)

Lori I am so far south of you I can't imagine being able to grow lambs ears and fern together - one would languish in shade or the other would fry in the sun here.

Fern and large hardy begonia are lovely - not sure how hardy the begonia is for your climate. Variegated lamium like pink pewter or white nancy, columbine, epimedium.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2006 at 6:01PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

I use the following with my ferns and hostas. Brunnera, Cimicifuga, Heucherella, Pulmonaria, Tiarella

    Bookmark   February 26, 2007 at 10:38PM
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plantnut52

Coleus would look nice with ferns as well.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2008 at 11:59PM
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prairiegirlz5

Coleus (annuals) come in lots of great colors, you can take cuttings of them to keep them going. Caladium are colorful as well, they need to be dug & stored over winter here.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 9:35AM
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adahlberg(9)

I know this post is old but incase anyone comes across it my suggestion is bright orange begonias. Very gorgeous. Also any fuchsia is attractive when planted with ferns. Azaleas and rhodies look divine! Don't rule out hydrangeas. I have them all & they are outstanding!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 8:14PM
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sprout_wi(z4 WI)

I am trying a combination this year of:
Asparagus ferns,
Ligularia - with the big round leaves that are green on one side and purple on the reverse. They almost look like a lotus leaf; and,
hosta "Great Expectations" So far they all look really nice together. I am just uncertain of how I want to space them.
I am going for a rather Asian feel here. I will be adding a beautiful big buddha head, somewhere.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 9:45PM
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sprout_wi(z4 WI)

OOPS!! That's Cinnamon Ferns, Ligularia - with the big round leaves that are green on one side and purple on the reverse. They almost look like a lotus leaf; and,
hosta "Great Expectations".

    Bookmark   July 23, 2011 at 8:31PM
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surf_grrl(coastal Van Isl)

Old post, I know, but I thought I'd add my 2 cents.

My fern garden has ferns planted with Heuchera, Euphorbia, daylilies, Brunnera, Tradescantia and Alchemilla. I like all the contrasting leaf forms.

I have another garden that isn't all about ferns, but there are a couple of very large lady ferns in it. Some of the companion plants are Nandina, sweet woodruff, and baby's tears.

Coupla pics:

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 11:37PM
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vegangirl(z6 VA)

Very pretty combinations

    Bookmark   January 25, 2012 at 7:43AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

If you get the right Hostas (not just the green and the green & white ones) the contrast in texture and color works very well.
This one is Sun Power.

Steve

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 6:15PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Some of the geraniums can be effective eg 'Rozanne' . Flower for ages.

And the small pansies that self-seed wind their way through, adding dots of colour.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2012 at 2:44AM
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jclay321(Z6 NY)

Steve,
Like the Sun Power Hosta.
Great color to light up darker area.

    Bookmark   February 29, 2012 at 7:06PM
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