Can you recommend a fern?

seachelleleeApril 24, 2009

I'm looking for a fern which will fit these requirements: it needs to be able to take some filtered sun, should be around 2 ft tall, is lacy in texture & upright (no holly ferns), will spread readily, and can take the zone 8 heat in the summer. I have sprinklers, so I should be able to keep the area wet, but there is spotty tree coverage, which means some sun. I have planted cinnamon ferns, lady ferns, painted ferns and one tassle fern. I really like the look of the cinnamons, but these don't seem to want to spread, and they like to fall over (not sure why). The ladies & the painteds seem to be doing OK, but they're not tall enough. I'm looking to create a sort of naturalized looking drift of ferns. Thanks for any help you can give!

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I recommend some type of Drypoteris.


    Bookmark   April 25, 2009 at 1:41PM
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Korean rock ferns are nice, evergreen and lacy. As long as they don't get too much late afternoon sun and regular water they should be fine.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 5:40PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Korean rock ferns are nice, but they don't really meet the heighth requirements.
My rock fern is looking quite ratty at the moment. The first fronds were blasted by
a freeze last month.

I posted pics last year. Not a lot has changed.....other than a few pieces of mossy
bark that I added around the fern. Linked below.


Here is a link that might be useful: Any experience with Korean Rock Fern?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 7:01PM
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Try cinnamon fern osmunda cinnamomea, or TN ostrich fern matteuccia struthiopteris var pensylnanica. TN ostrich is very nice and spreads rapidly after a year or two.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 8:22PM
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