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Hardy fern suggestions?

Posted by Trentboy z6 NYC (My Page) on
Wed, May 12, 04 at 11:24

Hey Y'all,

I have a large, unplanted plastic pot in one shaded corner of my balcony that is YELLING for a fern! Because of the limited space, I'd prefer one that is erect rather than sprawling. And though the site is mostly protected, when strong weather comes through, it can get temporarily windy there.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


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RE: Hardy fern suggestions?

I just purchased a Japanese Painted Fern. Its gorgeous! That would be my recommendation.

RE: Hardy fern suggestions?

JPF will not get very tall, though. You might look for 'Ghost', though, which is a JPF/athyrium hybrid, iirc, which will get much taller and has the lovely vase shape.

RE: Hardy fern suggestions?

maidenhair ferns are about 18" tall in my gardens and so very beautiful and graceful. don't know about wind resistance; mine are all in shaded sheltered spots.i think your best bet, aestheticlaly, is to center the maidenhair in the pot and put jap.painted ferns around it as a skirt. that way you play off two color schemes with different heights and textures- much more interesting than just one type of plant in a pot. best--

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