Ferns/non-ferns soil recommendations?
I've got a small shaded area (North side of house, lots of indirect light but only a little bit of direct light) and picked out some plants to go in there. I've never tried growing ferns before, but love the way they look so I bought a few. Of course, I did it w/o any advice - hope I haven't screwed up. Here's what I got:
1 Asparagus densifluorus - Meyers
1 Microlepia strigosa
1 Polystichum tsus-simense
and some non-ferns to go with them:
1 Palemonium caeruleum ÂBrise dÂ AnjouÂ
1 Aegopodium podagraria Varegatum
1 Astilbe Â Red
Baby Tears - gold colored (thought it would look nice under and around the ferns.
Any comments on this combination of plants or whatever would be appreciated.
Also, how should I build up the soil. The topsoil looks okay, some organic matter. Haven't checked the pH, but elsewhere in the yard it's a little on the high side (7.6). What I have to work with is:
1)compost (Kellog's N'Rich Compost - looks like mostly small redwood chips, I guess)
3)mushroom compost (high pH of 8.1)
5)composted steer manure
What combination of soil and ammendments would be best here?