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suggestions for a fern

Posted by BraSpadya z7a MD (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 11, 05 at 16:40

I am helping a friend design a very small Japanese garden for her new garden level apartment in Bethesda Maryland (zone 7). There is a large light well that opens onto 3 windows in the main sitting area. The bottom of the light well is covered with medium sized white pebbles. The light well gets filtered shade for much of the day. The back & sides of the light well are lined with masonary walls, about 2.5 foot tall .

Anyway, the main plant element is likely to be a shallow planting dish filled with moss & perhaps a single fern. I would love some advice on picking a particular fern species. It would ideally be somewhat upright, perhaps 2 to 3 ft tall. Hardy in Zone 7. The foliage might be evergreen, or at least retain some interesting shape in the winter months. Ferns able to take a bit of abuse are better than delicate ones.

Thanks for any suggestions!


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RE: suggestions for a fern

  • Posted by Herb Victoria, B.C. (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 14, 05 at 17:41

There are some included in the list here that may interest you -

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RE: suggestions for a fern

  • Posted by KarinL Vancouver Z8 (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 18, 05 at 21:05

ONE fern? Choose ONE fern??? That captures in two words why I would have difficulty gardening in the Japanese style! If I understand correctly you would be seeing this plant from fairly close up so you'd want it to have pretty fronds, so I would consider... Dryopteris affinis, varia, or clintoniana, Polystichum makinoi or neolobatum, Osmunda claytoniana, or Matteuccia orientalis. These are some of the ferns whose fronds I enjoy the most throughout the year. They don't all comply with your "upright" criterion, but you said "fairly" upright, so I assumed some flexibility here.

RE: suggestions for a fern

Thanks to both of you for your answers! I really appreciate the suggestions.



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