The Q&A Archives: Ferns

Question: Dublin, GA. is located in zone 8. Can you recommend ferns that will thrive planted in the ground in this area? If so, are any evergreen?

Answer: You're looking for hardy ferns. Here are a few suggestions:
Autumn Fern - So named due to its copper color when young, our native evergreen Autumn Fern matures to a lovely dark green. The 24" upright fronds take on an autumn color again in the fall. They thrive in open or dappled shade. Plant 18 in apart, Zone 5?9, part shade to full shade.

Christmas Fern - Similar in looks to the familiar Boston Fern, this dark green, evergreen, native fern can tolerate rocky soil. It thrives in shade, but will tolerate some sun if it stays moist. Its 2' fronds are used in Christmas decorations.
Plant 18 in apart, Zone 5?9, part shade to full shade.

Shaggy Shield Fern - A lovely rich green, compact grower, Shaggy Shield reaches only 24" in height and is semi-evergreen. Like the Christmas Fern, its fronds are
thought to resemble those of the Boston Fern. Plant 18 in apart, Zone 7?9, part shade to full shade.

Dixie Wood Fern - This cross between the Log Fern and the Southern Wood Fern is rich in color and is semi-evergreen with large, erect, tall fronds at 4-5' when fully grown. This is a particularly big, strong fern for the woodland garden, or for
naturalizing, and is found throughout the southeastern U.S. Plant 18 ins apart, Zone 5?9, part shade to full shade.

East Indian Holly Fern - Broadly triangular fronds can be 12-24" long and 12" wide on this tropical, semi-evergreen fern. It has shiny rich green frond with a mid-rib of pale gray-green (almost yellow). This striking fern has a place in shade gardens provided the moist, rich, well-drained soil it prefers. Plant 18 in apart, Zone 7?10, part shade to full shade.

Evergreen Wood Fern - Also commonly called the Leatherwood or Marginal Shield Fern, this native clumpgrower has dark green, upright fronds 2 and 3' in length.
Plant 18 in apart, Zone 4?8, part shade to full shade.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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