Fern zombies awaken in the garden

Like sci-fi zombies re-awakening, ferns in the garden are spring back to life.  Nothing says spring quite like the presence of new fern fronds emerging…known as croziers.  Below are several different fern images we’ve taken as they emerged this spring.  … Continue reading

Athyrium ‘Ghost’ fern

I just took this photo of the Ghost fern on our patio…can’t imagine a garden without this lovely deer-resistant perennial.  Light shade or even a few hours of sun if the soil is kept moist.

Painted ferns for the garden

Here are a couple of fern images from the garden yesterday.  First is our giant painted fern, Athyrium ‘Godzilla’, which can reach 6′ wide x 3′ tall.  To avoid chlorophyll shed in the garden, it’s best planted a far distance … Continue reading

New Ferns for 2015

For 2015, Plant Delights is pleased to introduce several new ferns from our trial program.  Athyrium niponicum ‘Thrill Seeker’ is one of two dwarf compact crested Japanese painted fern selections from a five year joint effort between us and our … Continue reading

Hardy Asparagus fern, Asparagus virgatus

I just snapped this photo of the South African Asparagus fern, Asparagus virgatus, in the garden.  This is one of my favorite hardy foliage plants.  Not only does it provide a nice foil for bolder foliage, but it grows in … Continue reading

Cat nap in the ferns

If your ferns arrive a tiny bit crushed, please excuse us.  I discovered the culprit early this morning when checking inventory in the greenhouses.  Evidently our fox babies love ferns as much as our customers…in this case, the perfect spot … Continue reading

Victoria Lady Fern

I recently snapped this image of the amazing Athyrium ‘Victoriae’ while touring gardens in Cincinnati, where it grows even better than it does here in steamy NC.  The three dimensional fronds are amazing…like no other plant we’ve grown…seriously cool!

Tokyo Wood Fern

Most of the ferns are looking really great in the gardens now as the spring ephemerals are going dormant.  A fern that just impresses me more each year is deciduous Dryopteris tokyoensis.  Here it is in our garden today, where … Continue reading

Athyrium ‘Ocean’s Fury’ (Hybrid Crested Silver Fern)

Here’s another hybrid fern that I would hate to garden without, Athyrium ‘Ocean’s Fury’.  This gem from NC’s Thurman Maness is a cross of our native lady fern with the Japanese painted fern.  The silvery leaves and petticoat tips are … Continue reading