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A very hardy and beautiful Maidenhair fern, slowly creeping to form a patch of delicate fronds. New fronds emerge pink early in the spring. Ht 30cm. Very tough, in dry-ish or moist humusy soil in semi-shade.
An exquisitely beautiful fern, originally collected from the mountains of Taiwan. This has proved to be perfectly hardy on the west coast and has also been frozen solid in my cold polytunnels, where it is completely deciduous. The triangular fronds are incredibly finely dissected and measure up to 35x30cm on 30cm stipes, all arising from a creeping ginger rhizome.
Very different to anything else, even the grey forms of A. nipponicum, this truly unique fern has uniformly very pale grey fronds with darker stipes. Fronds are regularly and delicately divided and rise in a rather upright fashion to 90cm. Presumed to be a hybrid between the 'painted' and 'lady' ferns. A wonderful contrast to greener things. For semi-shade.
Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae'
A very pretty form of our native Lady fern with the fronds generally reduced to very narrow pinnae, held at a sharp angle to the rachis often criss-crossing each other. Height 75cm. Best in moist leafy soil in shade/semi-shade, but fine in sun if moist. Deciduous.
Athyrium nipponicum var. pictum
The 'Japanese painted fern' has fronds variously marked with mauve-purple, silver-grey and grey-green creating a striking effect. Best in a semi-shaded site in leafy soil, not too dry, where it will spread slowly. Ht 35cm.
Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'
A selected form of one of the finest garden ferns, being tough, vigorous, evergreen and colourful. New fronds emerge red-pink in spring, turning bronze then glossy-green, with the sori underneath bright red. Bi-pinnate, triangular fronds reach about 60cm high. Any reasonable soil in semi-shade.
A striking fern on account of the dark unfurling fronds. The effect is produced by the black or brown scales on the stalk which travel right up the underside of the frond. Fronds can reach up to 120cm and are rich green, long-lance-shaped and divided into many narrow pinnae. Good humusy soil in semi-shade.
Ostrich Plume Fern. Beautiful, symmetrical 'Shuttlecocks' of fresh, very light-green fronds in spring, opening out during summer. Spreads slowly underground to form a colony. Ht to 1m. Moist, even boggy soil in shade/semi-shade.
Onoclea sensibilis copper form
An easy, hardy and very distinct fern from N America, spreading to form patches in moist ground. In this rare form the fronds emerge red tinted and turn bright-green later, retaining colour in the stalk. Easily kept under control in small gardens as the rhizomes are not deep.
Polypodium 'Whitley Giant' (new)
Previously very obscure, but now getting about a bit, this is close to P. cambricum, though has longer and broader fronds, making for a very handsome polypody. Pinnatifid fronds to 40cm from a gently creeping rootstock, eventually forming a nice patch. For reasonably well drained, even rocky soil in semi-shade.
Polypodium cambricum 'Pulcherrimum Addison'
Very choice form from 19th Century Cumbria. Neat, substantial, bipinnatifid evergreen fronds. Height to 30cm. Some shade and not too dry.
Polypodium cambricum 'Richard Kayse'
A lovely evergreen fern with deeply divided but neat, planar fronds. Height 25cm. Reasonable soil, best in some shade. Spreads gently. Easy, tough and very beautiful. You need to see this in the garden to appreciate just how good it is. Scarce.
Polypodium glycyrrhiza 'Malahatense' (sterile form)
Lovely bipinnatifid form of this N. American species. Evergreen, with new fronds in late summer/autumn. Height to 30cm. Some shade and not too dry.
An impressive Japanese evergreen fern with very glossy, rich-green, divided fronds, beautiful when unfurling in the spring covered in golden bristles. Ht 60cm. Shade/semi-shade in humusy, well-drained soil.
Polystichum setiferum 'Acutilobum group'
A fine form of our native Soft shield fern. Fronds tough and leathery but appearing very delicate and feathery. Ht 80cm. Very easy in any well drained, fairly leafy soil in semi-shade or shade.
Polystichum setiferum 'Cristatopinnulum'
A very old form of our native Soft shield fern found in Dorset in 1878. The tough but feathery, heavily divided fronds have little fan shaped pinnules and reach up to 90cm high. Rarely offered.
Polystichum setiferum 'Divisilobum Wollaston' (new)
A form of our soft shield fern discovered in a Devon hedge-bank in 1852. Spreading semi-evergreen triangular fronds are very neatly tripinnately divided. Shade to semi-shade in reasonably well drained leafy soil.
Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosum-Bevis'
Until very recently this was a very expensive rarity. Now the wonders of micro-propagation have brought you these. One of the finest of all ferns, with incredibly elegant, dark-green, uniformly and perfectly divided fronds, ending in a drawn out, tapering tip, arching out from the crown. Ht up to 120cm. Easy in any well drained, good soil in semi-shade/shade.
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