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.  The first is the bamboo fern, coniogramme. Lepisorus or ribbon ferns, with their long narrow fronds are quite unique. Matteucia or ostrich fern emerges alongside last years' spore bearing fronds providing an interesting contrast. Onoclea, aka sensitive fern does the same, holding both the new fronds alongside the old fertile fronds from the prior season..  Ferns like this are called dimorphic, which means they have two different frond types...fertile and non-fertile.  Most ferns pack light and have both on the same frond.  The two images above are our native Osmunda cinnamomea or Cinnamon fern.  The hairy croziers are just amazing.  Recent taxonomy has actually kicked this Read more [...]

Athyrium ‘Ghost’ fern

Athyrium Ghost6

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.

Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’

Dryopteris erythrosora BrillianceHere’s a new photo of the evergreen Autumn fern, Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance‘ as it emerges in the woodland garden with its stunning new growth.

 

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 from Hosta 'Mothra' or Hosta 'Rhodan'. Here is the lovely Athyrium nipponicum 'Burgandy Lace'..hard to beat this color in the spring garden.   Read more [...]

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 friend Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens. The second of these crested selections is Athyrium 'Joy Ride'...quite distinct from Athyrium 'Thrill Seeker' when seen side by side. Another unique fern that hasn't been offered before is the 5' tall, prehistoric looking Pronephrium penangianum.  This amazing fern has been fabulous in our trials, but we doubt it will tolerate winters much colder than 0 degrees F.     Read more [...]