12 Best Fern Varieties For Growing In Western Gardens

12 best fern varieties for your garden cover

Grow these lush forest plants as ground covers, trees, accent plants, or in containers.

  1. Wood fern (Dryopteris). Plant these delicate, medium-sized ferns in mixed borders to show off their feathery fronds.
  2. Australian tree fern (Cyathea). Its broad, bright green fronds grow from the trunk crown to form a ferny canopy in the forest understory.
  3. Chain fern. Grow these medium-to-large woodland ferns in moist garden beds amended with plenty of organic material.
  4. Hawaiian tree fern. Trees will grow up to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide.
  5. Japanese painted fern. Plant in woodland gardens and pair them with plum-colored heuchera and hellebores.
  6. Licorice fern. Plant these low-growing ferns as ground covers in beds with moist soils that drain well—slopes and rock gardens work particularly well.
  7. Maidenhair fern. The tiny bright green leaflets of maidenhair ferns spread like fans, forming cascades of foliage on damp slopes and creek beds.
  8. Squirrel’s foot fern. Grow in hanging baskets in bright indirect light or use as a groundcover in mild winter areas—plants are hardy to 30° F.
  9. Mother fern. The feathery soft fronds of mother fern have a graceful form that is appreciated when the ferns are grown in containers or spilling over rocks in shady garden beds.
  10. Staghorn fern. Recreate their natural environment by mounting the ferns on wooden shingles, in hanging baskets, or directly onto garden tree trunks for showy accents.
  11. Tasmanian tree fern. They are slow growing, reach 15 feet at maturity, and their arching bright green fronds are finely divided.
  12. Western sword fern. Plants reach 2 to 4 feet tall and wide, and form finely divided deep green fronds held upright like feathery swords.

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