Ferns for dry shade

Istanbuljoy(Z 5 CO)April 4, 2005

Hi, I am new to ferns and have a new shade bed as a Birthday present! I wanted to add some ferns to offset the heavy Hosta and Brunnera leaves, but the bed is under a high deck with some tree roots (not many) and has a drip irrigation. I would want dry shade ferns because we have very low humidity and we are sometimes prone to drought. What ferns are great for dry shade? I have read that Dryopteris is a good genis for dry shade, but does that mean the whole genis or just some cultivars or species?

Thanks for the help.


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surf_grrl(coastal Van Isl)

I have a Dryopteris that grows along the north wall of my house, where it gets no direct sun. Maybe a little filtered sun late summer evenings. I never water that thing, and it gets really, really dry here in the summer (very wet in winter, though). It's been there since I moved in (1997), and likely long before that - it's very big. So, I can suggest that Dryopteris might do just fine in your dry shade!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2005 at 2:14AM
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