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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Sep 21, 2014 10:00 AM CST
Oh great a fern forum!!!!! I tip my hat to you.

I have never been able to keep ferns alive indoors but love them outdoors..

I am attempting to create 3 theme garden areas.
Meditation garden
Shade garden
Japanese gardens

The only tall ferns I am aware of that will grow in my area. I would love some input of any others that might grow and survive in a colder climate.

Here are a few pics for eye candy purposes.
A standout Fern Brilliant surrounded by the greens.
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Painted Fern tucked in with Heuchera, Hostas and other shade plants.'
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Lady fern and Ostrich fern tucked in the shade garden.
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Name: mj
Central Florida
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Sep 21, 2014 6:56 PM CST
I'd love to be able to grow the Painted ferns here. Our summers are just too warm here tho.
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sep 22, 2014 11:36 AM CST
We always want what we cannot grow. I want some of the tall ferns that grow in your climate. Grumbling
Sep 23, 2014 11:07 AM CST
Have you tried Dicksonia antartica Fern Cinta?

its an outdoor Fern.

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Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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Sep 23, 2014 11:18 AM CST
kate007, Welcome! to All Things Plants! That's a beautiful fern in your photo ... I found it in our database, the botanical name is Balantium antarcticum with Dicksonia antarctica being a synonym:

Soft Tree Fern (Dicksonia antarctica) but it's only showing zone 9 ... wonder if that's a mistake?

This site shows winter hardiness of 20º to 25º: http://www.smgrowers.com/produ...

and MOBOT shows it zone 9 & 10: http://www.missouribotanicalga...

I've always thought it was a fern for temperate zones and I'm thinking it might take some cold but consistent freezes would probably kill it.
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sep 23, 2014 4:14 PM CST
No that would not live in my garden. We had the worst winter last year than I have seen since I was a teenager. We were down below 0 for weeks. So it would be dead.
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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Sep 24, 2014 6:54 PM CST
Hi Cinta... I'm also from PA...near Pittsburgh. Where are you??
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sep 25, 2014 8:25 PM CST
Hi Kim, I am not far. I am in Pittsburgh.
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