Beautiful Ferns in the Sun

Guide To Hardy Ferns

KEY:

(D) = Deciduous
(E) = Evergreen or Usually Evergreen
(N) = Native & Northeast America

LIST OF HARDY GARDEN FERNS

Name {Common/Botanical} Size Color/Foliage Culture/Hardiness
American Maidenhair Fern (N)
(Adiannum pedatum)
12 - 18" Medium, green circular fronds Shade; avg./moist soil zones 4-8 (D)
Dark Maidenhair Spleenwort (N)
(Asplenium adiantum-nigrum)
8 -18" Very dark fronds Shade; avg.-humus soil; rocks; zone 4-8 (D)
Scott's or Dragon Tail Spleenwort (N)
(Asplenium ebenoides)
10 - 20" Med. green fronds Shade; avg.-humus/rocks zone 4-8 (E)
Ebony Spleenwort (N)
(Asplenium platyneuran)
10 - 20" Dark green fronds Shade; humus/rocks zones 4-8 (E)
Hart's Tongue Fern (N)
(Asplenium scolopendrium)
Column 2 Value 5 Column 3 Value 5 Column 4 Value 5
Lady Fern (N)
(Athyrium filix-femina)
2 - 3 ' lt. green, fine lacy fronds Sun (w/moist) or shade (avg. - moist)
Japanese Painted Fern
(Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum')
12 - 18"  Silver-green fronds w/ purple Shade; avg. - humus soils zones 4 - 8 (D)
English Painted Fern
(Athyrium otophorum)
12 - 18" Silver-green fronds w/ purple Shade; avg. - humus soils zones 4 - 7 (D)
Deer Fern
(Blechnum sp. 'Incisa')
8 - 10" Arching dk. green, serrated blades Shade; avg. - humus soils zones 5 - 8 (E)
Japanese Holly Fern
(Cyrtomium falc. 'Rochfordianum')
8 - 15" Medium green holly-like fronds Shade; avg. - humus soils zones 6 - 8 (D)
Berry Bladder Fern (N)
(Cystopteris bulbifera)
12 - 30" Pendant green fronds; spreader Shade; humus/moist soils rocks; zones 4-8 (D)
Hay-scented Fern (N)
(Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
18 - 30" Yellow-green fronds Sun/Shade avg. / moist soils; zones 3 - 8 (D)
Crisp Male Fern (N)
(Dryopteris aff. 'Crispa')
6" Dwarf, crinkled fronds; rock gardens Shade. Avg. - humus soils zones 4 - 8 (D)
Shaggy Shield Fern (N)
(Dryopteris atrata)
18 - 24" Wide green fronds Shade; humus soils zone 4 - 8 (D)
Spinulose Wood Fern (N)
(Dryopteris austriaca spinulosa)
18 - 30" Deep green fronds Shade; humus/moist soils zones 4 - 8 (D)
Crested Shield or Wood Fern (N)
(Dryopteris cristata)
24 - 30" Deep green, ladder-like fronds Sun (moist) or shade (humus/moist soil) zones 3 - 8 (D)
Recurved Broad Buckler Fern
(Dryopteris dilatata 'Recurvata')
24 - 42" Graceful, wide recurved fronds Shade; avg. - humus soils zones 4 - 8 (D)
Japanese Sword Fern
(Dryopteris erythrosora)
15 - 18" Reddish-copper new leaves; dark green fronds later Shade; avg. - moist soil zones 5 - 8 (D)
Shield Fern (N)
(Dryopteris filix-mas 'Cristata')
2 - 4' Medium green crested fronds Shade; humus soils zones 5 - 8 (D)
Goldie's Woodfern (N)
(Dryopteris goldiana)
2 - 4' Tall, medium green fronds Shade; humus or moist soil zones 4 - 8 (D)
Leather Wood Fern (N)
(Dryopteris marginalis)
15 - 24" Dark green fronds Shade; humus soil zone 3 - 8 (D)
Ostrich Fern (N)
(Matteuccia pennsylvania)
3 - 5' Tall, medium green fronds; upright Lt - full shade; moist/bog zones 3 - 8 (D)
Sensitive Fern (N)
(Onoclea sensibilis)
15 - 24" Coarse, lt. green spreader Sun-shade; moist/bog zones 4 - 8 (D)
Cinnamon Fern (N)
(Osmunda cinnamomea)
2 - 4' Large medium green fronds; showy Shade; humus or moist/bog zones 3 - 8 (D)
Interrupted Fern
(Osmunda claytoniana)
2 - 4' Large medium green fronds Shade; humus soils zone 3 - 8 (D)
Royal Fern (N)
(Osmunda regalis)
2 - 4' Bronze, medium green/tall fronds Sun/part shade; moist/bog, zones 3 - 8 (D)
Northern Beech Fern (N)
(Phegopteris connectilis)
8 - 20" Thin, pale green fronds Shade; humus soils zones 4 - 8 (D)
Polypody
(Polypodium interjectum)
12 - 24" Broad, leathery fronds Lt. shade; humus soils zone 4 - 8
Common Polypody (N)
(Polypodium vulgare)
4 - 16" Erect, leathery fronds Lt. shade; humus soils zones 4 - 8
Christmas Fern (N)
(Polystichum acrostichoides)
15 - 30" Dark green fronds clumps Shade; avg. - moist zones 3 - 8 (E)
Braun's Holly Fern (N)
(Polystichum braunii)
18 - 24" Silver new leaves green fronds Shade; avg. - humus soils zones 4 - 8 (D)
Tassel Fern
(Polystichum polyblepharum)
1 - 2' Glossy dark green fronds Shade; avg. - humus soils zones 5 - 8 (E)
Korean Rock Fern
(Polystichum tsus-simense)
10 - 15" Dark green fronds; compact Shade; avg. moist zones 5 - 8 (E)
Bracken Fern (N)
(Pteridium aquilinum)
2 - 4' Wide dark green fronds; hardy fast Shade; humus/moist soils zones 3 - 8 (D)
Japanese Beech Fern
(Polystichum decursive-pinnata)
1 - 2' Green & lt. green fronds; clumps Shade; avg.  - humus soils zones 4 - 8 (D)
New York Fern (N)
(Polystichum noveboracensis)
18 - 24" Yellow-green lacy fronds Sun - lt. shade; dry - moist soils zones 4 - 8 (D)

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