Ferns evoke a sense of rich mystery in the landscape, like that of a lush woodland. Their fragile appearance belies their toughness. Rather than being difficult to grow, ferns are solution plants for many of the difficult landscape problems that gardeners face. They thrive in shady, moist areas and love acid soil. Plant them around the base of trees, in dark and moist areas around the foundation of your home, behind walls or utility buildings, at the edge of wooded areas. They may grow where ever they find a foothold between cobblestones and bricks. They are great for those transitional zones between lawn and wooded areas.

For general information about ferns, read our article, Ferns: Lush and Luxurious Perennials for Shade.

Learn more about specific ferns at the following links:

Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora): Where The Autumn Fern Grows

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrosticoides): Who can fear the winter stern, They'll fit on elves feet

Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea): A Beautiful Solution

Hay-scented Fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula): About the Eastern Hay-scented Fern, Planting Hay-Scented Ferns

Indian Holly Fern (Arachniodes simplicior): Beauty In Simplicity

Japanese Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum): Japanese Holly Fern Is Tough And Dependable.

Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum): Like Michinoku Cloth

Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina): The Graceful Lady Fern

Ostrich or Fiddlehead Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris): Inspiring Fiddlehead Ferns

Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis): The Stately Royal Fern

Southern Wood Fern (Dryopteris ludoviciana): Southern Wood Fern (aka Florida Shield Fern) For The Southern Garden

Southern Shield Fern (Thelypteris kunthii): Southern Shield Fern - Graceful and Adaptable