Ferns forum: Ideas for Ferns in Mixed Container Plantings

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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Mar 15, 2016 2:20 PM CST
Hi All,

I incorporated some ferns in some of my summer mixed container plantings last year and really enjoyed the effect. I would like to try even more this year. Smiling

So, does anyone have any favorite fern combos or have recommendations of ferns that perform particularly well in this environment?

I got a couple Blue Star Ferns (Phlebodium aureum) off the clearance rack at Lowe's. Will this species play nice with others in a mixed planting?

Here is Boston Fern 'Rita's Gold' & friends.

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Thanks Much! Smiling
Danita
Name: Ibis
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Mar 16, 2016 6:54 AM CST
Danita, that's a great idea. I love your combo from last year - the lime green and purple are striking! I just bought a Blue Star fern myself, at a local plant sale, so I don't know much about it yet, but the blueish-green-silvery leaves are just beautiful. I think @plantladylin either has one or had one, so maybe she can chime in here.
Name: Danita
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Danita
Mar 18, 2016 12:29 PM CST
Thanks, Ibis! Perhaps Lin will have some wisdom for both of us regarding the Blue Star Ferns. I'd been admiring them for some time so when I saw them on clearance for a dollar, it didn't take long for them to jump into my cart! Green Grin!
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Apr 14, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Danita,
I'm zone 7 and make many containers with ferns. I took some pictures of some of my containers. They don't look the best now as spring is just starting. Just have to watch the size a fern gets at maturity. I use a variety of perennials in my containers to keep the cost of annuals down.
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Sep 4, 2016 8:25 AM CST
Danita,

We have a 14"w x 5"d round pot on an old bird bath pillar in the front. Usually, I put just geraniums in it. This year, I put a young ostrich fern in the middle and bright red geraniums around the edge. The fern provided some nice colr, size and texture effects. )I'd post a picture, but the excessive heat took it's toll on the fern. Sighing! )

Depending on the size of the container, I would use young fern so that you can enjoy the arrangement for a couple of years before the fern takes over.
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Name: Danita
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Sep 6, 2016 4:29 PM CST
Julia, those look great. Nice autumnal colors! Lovey dubby

Rick, your combo sounds lovely! Sorry that the fern fizzled. It's been pretty hot this year. Thumbs down

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